By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Detroit Pistons have acquired Thon Maker on Wednesday. In exchange, the Milwaukee Bucks are receiving Stanley Johnson.
This is a move involving two former lottery picks.
The 21-year-old Wau, South Sudan native spent the last two-plus seasons with the Bucks. He made 35 appearances with the team this season with zero starts.
He is averaging 4.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game. He was receiving 11.7 points per game.
He has not started a game since the 2017-18 season when he made 12 starts. In fact, he has made 46 career starts in 166 games. He is averaging 4.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game in his career.
Maker would backup Andre Drummond and Zaza Pachulia on the Pistons depth chart.
He is due $2.79 million this season. His 2019-20 option was exercised, which would pay him $3.5 million. Maker would then have a $4.8 qualifying offer in 2020 when he becomes a restricted free agent.
The 22-year-old Los Angeles, California native spent the last four seasons with the Pistons. He made 48 appearances, including seven starts this season.
He is averaging 7.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game. With the Pistons, he was given 20 minutes per game.
In his career, he has made 267 appearances with 64 starts, including a career-best 50 starts in 2017-18. He has a 7.1 points,3.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game in his career.
Johnson is being paid $3.9 million this season. He has a $5.3 million qualifying offer this summer when he becomes a restricted free agent.
Johnson will backup Khris Middleton at the small forward position. He’ll also compete for playing time with Tony Snell and Sterling Brown at the position.
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