By: Cody Grant
The Milwaukee Bucks added what could be a key piece to their team in advance of the NBA’s trading deadline.
It was announced Thursday night that Milwaukee had acquired forward Nikola Mirotic from the New Orleans Pelicans as part of a three-team deal. The Bucks sent forward Thon Maker to the Detroit Pistons, and forward Jason Smith, along with four second-round picks, to the Pelicans. New Orleans also got forward Stanley Johnson from the Pistons.
“We are thrilled to add such a talented player in Nikola Mirotic to our roster,” stated Bucks GM Jon Horst in a release by the team. “He is a skilled, two-way player who fits extremely well into our system. He shoots at a high percentage from beyond the arc, rebounds and defends at his position and provides depth to our frontcourt.”
In 32 games this season, the 27-year-old Mirotic is averaging 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 36.8-percent from beyond the arc. He’s also ninth in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (2.7).
With the addition of Mirotic, the Bucks will join the Houston Rockets as the only teams with at least three players averaging six attempted threes per game (Brook Lopez, Khris Middleton).
Head coach Mike Budenholzer must be licking his chops. Mirotic will fit perfectly in his system that emphasizes pace, space and long-distance shooting.