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National Basketball Association deadline day rumors: Pelicans send Mirotic to Milwaukee

08 February 2019

As it turns out, the Milwaukee Bucks had bigger plans up the sleeve as time continues to tick down ahead of Thursday afternoon's trade deadline.

In a largely quiet (so far) final day before the NBA's 3 p.m. trade deadline arrives, the Eastern Conference-leading Bucks have made a deal to acquire Pelicans power forward Nikola Mirotic, according to ESPN.

The Pelicans will receive Stanley Johnson and Jason Smith in return.

The Pelicans are also receiving several draft picks in the the deal, according to Tim Bontemps, but none are coming from the Pistons. Johnson was the Bucks newest acquisition having only been traded to Milwaukee on Wednesday.

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.

The Milwaukee Bucks chose to go all-in this season and make a play for Mirotic, who is averaging a career-high 16.7 points per game in the Big Easy this season. It should be noted that Mirotic has been limited throughout the year due to various calf ailments.

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

National Basketball Association deadline day rumors: Pelicans send Mirotic to Milwaukee