Sunday, 17 February, 2019

New Orleans Pelicans reportedly trade Nikola Mirotic to the Milwaukee Bucks

Nikola Mirotic Report: Pelicans trade forward Nikola Mirotic to Bucks
Rita Gibson | 08 February, 2019, 10:07

Milwaukee has as good a chance as any squad in the East of making it to the NBA Finals behind the MVP-caliber play of Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired Nikola Mirotic from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson and four second-round picks, sources told ESPN's Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday. The Denver Nuggets' 2019 second rounder is top-55 protected, which came to the Bucks by way of the Roy Hibbert trade made ahead of 2017's trade deadline.

Anthony Davis's impending trade isn't really going anywhere, with the Pelicans not ready to give into the "stupendous offer" given by the Lakers.

"We are thrilled to add such a talented player in Nikola Mirotic to our roster", said Bucks General Manager Jon Horst. In 32 games this season, he is averaging career highs in points (16.7) and rebounds (8.3).

Raptors get Gasol from Grizzlies
The Grizzlies have been open to trading Gasol and star guard Mike Conley for a few weeks now. The trade still must be approved by the National Basketball Association .

Those injury concerns aside, Mirotic's playoff experience is also something to keep in mind in the aftermath of this trade.

The Portland Trail Blazers were rumored to have interest in Mirotic as of Wednesday.

Let's grade the trade for all three teams.

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