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The Pistons have traded Stanley Johnson to the Milwaukee Bucks for Thon Maker, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo told ESPN's Cassidy Hubbarth that he talked to Maker after news of the trade surfaced.
In his third year in the league, Maker is averaging 14.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks per 36 minutes. He was part of the team's second unit when Ersan Ilyasova was injured, but forward D.J.
Johnson, 22, is averaging 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in his fourth National Basketball Association season. Johnson was the Pistons' first-round pick in 2015, going eighth overall.
Maker has shown flashes of his enormous skill this season with the limited opportunities given to him, but he needs regular court time if he is to fulfil his potential. Head coach Mike Budenholzer hadn't played him in a game since, making it clear he was unhappy with his young player.
The Pistons clearly got the player with the higher ceiling in this deal.
It will mean Maker misses out on a potentially deep play-off run as the Bucks are in the frame to win the eastern conference although they face stiff opposition from Toronto, Philadelphia and Boston.
Maker is under contract through 2020, and he can become a restricted free agent in 2021 if the Pistons make him a $4.8 million qualifying offer.