Bucks land Nikola Mirotic from the Pelicans as part of a 3-team trade

Associated Press

The Pelicans have agreed to trade forward Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks as part of a three-team deal that sends the Bucks’ Jason Smith and the Pistons’ Stanley Johnson to New Orleans, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The Pelicans also receive multiple second-round draft choices in the exchange.

The 6-foot-10 Mirotic, an adept 3-point shooter, was acquired by the Pelicans from the Bulls last season and was an instrumental part of the team rallying to make the playoffs and advance to the second round after a season-ending injury to DeMarcus Cousins.

This season, Mirotic has played in just 32 of the Pelicans’ 55 games because of injuries but has averaged 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds.

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