Bucks acquire three-point specialist Nikola Mirotic from Pelicans, report says

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Turns out, the Bucks were making a play all along for the Pelicans' Nikola Mirotic, and needed the Pistons involved to make things work.

In what became a three-team deal between the Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons, and New Orleans Pelicans, the team with the best record in the East attempted to beef up their shooting and big man rotation.

In return, the Bucks will reportedly send Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson to New Orleans. According to sources, the Pelicans will receive second-round picks from the Bucks in 2019 (via Denver), two in 2020 (via Washington and Milwaukee) and 2021 (via Washington).

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There are clearly a lot of moving parts, but the reason why the deal all works is because the Bucks and Pistons never made their trade from Wednesday morning official. The team has placed an emphasis on three-point shooting this year with the addition of new head coach Mike Budenholzer, and Mirotic should certainly provide some reinforcements in that regard - he's taking 7.2 per game and knocking down almost 37 percent of them.

Mirotic has, however, missed 21 games this season due to injury.

He is making a career-high 2.7 shots from 3-point range per game.