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NBA Trade Grades: Bucks-Pistons Swap

Thon Maker was traded to the Pistons in exchange for Stanley Johnson Wednesday morning.

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Full Trade Details:

Bucks Receive: Stanley Johnson

Pistons Receive: Thon Maker

Bucks Outlook:

This is an interesting trade for the Bucks because Thon Maker requested trade. It wasn’t just a random trade that the Bucks made. In return for Thon Maker, they got Stanley Johnson, the 8th overall pick from the 2015 NBA Draft. Johnson has struggled in his first four seasons in the league, as he hasn’t shot above 40% from the field once in his career. In addition, he’s only shot over 30% from 3-point range once in his career. However, he is still only 22 years old, and has an outside chance of still being developed into a solid role player. I like the idea of the Bucks taking a shot on Johnson, rather than just getting a second round pick.

Grade: B- 

Pistons Outlook:

I feel the same about this trade for the Pistons as I do for the Bucks. It just wasn’t working out between Stanley Johnson and the Pistons, so it was time to move on. Thon Maker is a former 10th overall pick from only three years ago, and he’s still only 21 years old. Of course given Maker’s height and athleticism, there’s still a chance he can be developed into a solid role player. Maker can be a decent rebounder and shot blocker off the bench, and I like the fact that the Pistons took a shot on him here. Better to try that than getting a second round pick in return for Johnson.

Grade: B-

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