NBA trade deadline: Bucks send Thon Maker to Pistons in exchange for Stanley Johnson, per report
Two former lottery picks get an opportunity for a change of scenery
The NBA trade deadline is definitely in full swing now.
After the Philadelphia 76ers Tobias Harris overnight, a pair of Eastern Conferences teams have agreed to a trade on Wednesday. The Milwaukee Bucks are finalizing a deal that will send Thon Maker to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Stanley Johnson, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Both players have underperformed since entering the league as lottery picks. However, a change of scenery could be just what the doctor ordered for both Johnson and Maker.
Maker was originally the 10th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, but hasn't really lived up to that billing during his professional career so far. The Sudan native has put together averages of 4.5 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc. In 35 games this season, the Bucks big man is averaging 4.7 points and 2.7 rebounds while knocking down 33.3 percent from long-range.
Meanwhile, Johnson was the eighth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and has been inconsistent throughout his time with the Pistons thus far. The former lottery pick has compiled averages of 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists while shooting just 29.2 percent from deep. In 48 games during the 2018-19 season, Johnson is scoring 7.5 points per contest while also securing 3.6 rebounds and dishing out 1.3 assists.
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