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Report: Pelicans trade Nikola Mirotic to Bucks in 3-team deal involving Pistons

Nikola Mirotic

The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic in a three-team trade with the Detroit Pistons, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Bucks will include center Jason Smith and recently-acquired forward Stanley Johnson, as four first-round picks will make their way to The Big Easy, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

Mirotic could help bolster a Bucks second unit, as well as potential helping the starting unit. The 6-foot-10 forward said he would prefer to land with a team that could give him a shot to start, and that could very well be the case in Milwaukee, giving them the floor stretch they have sought out throughout the season.

The Bucks are expecting for Mirotic to have the same effect he had for New Orleans last season, as his offensive firepower and outside shooting catapulted them to the playoffs. Fighting for the top spot, the Bucks hope to set themselves apart from the Toronto Raptors and run away from the Philadelphia 76ers after they made the blockbuster acquisition of Tobias Harris on Wednesday.

The Pelicans have been determined to deconstruct this team after Anthony Davis requested a trade, no longer seeing the point in keeping support pieces like Mirotic or Julius Randle, since trading their franchise player is only a matter of time.

New Orleans will have to start from scratch and start rebuilding through young players, and they’re on their way to do so by racking up four first-rounders in this three-team deal that sets them up for success.