Thon Maker wanted out of Milwaukee, where he was getting squeezed for minutes.
Stanley Johnson was not in the plans for Detroit going forward, he might not even have gotten the qualifying offer from them after the season.
The Pistons and Bucks decided to swap players who wanted a new home. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news (others have confirmed it).
With the trades of Reggie Bullock and now Johnson, Detroit has cut deep into its wing depth.
For the Pistons, they take a flier on Maker, who has one more year at $3.5 million on the books after this one then would be a restricted free agent. Maker will get minutes behind the frontcourt of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, and if he can show he can defend, get some buckets inside and space the floor a little, he could find a home as a role player. Maker wasn’t getting a chance in win-now Milwaukee, Detroit will be different.
Plus, the Pistons save some money.
For the Bucks, they get another long, switchable defender who might help them in the postseason. You can picture Johnson getting playoff minutes against Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler. Johnson will get a chance the rest of the season to carve out a niche on a contender. That said, if Brook Lopez or Ersan Ilyasova get injured — or just schemed out — in the playoffs, the Bucks could miss the length and versatility of Maker as a big.