Reports: Bucks send Thon Maker to Pistons for Stanley Johnson
NBA.com Global on Feb 07, 2019 07:51 AM
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Versatile big man Thon Maker made it known late last month he was seeking a trade from the Milwaukee Bucks. He has apparently gotten his wish as the Bucks are reportedly dealing him to the Detroit Pistons.
Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bucks are finalizing a trade that will send Maker to the Pistons for Stanley Johnson. The deal has been agreed to in principle by both teams. The trade was also reported by Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Source confirms the @wojespn report of the Bucks and Pistons swapping Thon Maker and Stanley Johnson.— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) February 6, 2019
Maker, who averaged 16.7 minutes in 74 appearances last season, has only seen 11.7 minutes per in 35 of the Bucks' 47 games thus far. He is averaging 4.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game while shooting 44 percent overall and 33.3 percent on 3-pointers. Johnson, who the No. 8 pick in the 2015 draft, is averaging 7.5 ppg and 3.6 ppg in 20 mpg. He has played in 48 of Detroit's 53 games this season.
The deal is seen as an ideal opportunity for both players, Wojnarowski writes, as Johnson will get playing time on a contender while Maker will get an opportunity in coach Dwane Casey's rotation. For Detroit, the trade for Maker allows it to drop further below the salary cap, ESPN's Bobby Marks reports.
Detroit went from a team that was $482K below the tax to currently $2.6M with the acquisition of Svi Mykhailiuk and now Thon Maker. The trade with the Lakers for Mykhailiuk allowed Detroit to pursue Maker and stay below the tax. Maker has a $2.8M cap... https://t.co/1btq6E5xQB— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 6, 2019