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Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton defends Stanley Johnson in the second half of the Bucks' win over the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 17, 2018, in Detroit. According to reports, the Bucks are set to acquire Johnson in exchange for Thon Maker. 

Milwaukee Bucks center Thon Maker is getting just what he asked for. 

After reportedly asking last month to be traded off the team with the best record in the NBA, sources say the third-year player is on his way to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for forward Stanley Johnson, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

With the league's trade deadline looming Thursday at 2 p.m., the Bucks were able to bolster their depth on the wing while allowing Maker to continue his development elsewhere. 

The 7-foot-1 Maker, who turns 22 years old on Feb. 25, averaged 4.5 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 33.2 percent from 3-point range since being selected with the 10th pick in the 2016 draft, but he struggled to crack the rotation this season under new coach Mike Budenholzer, appearing in only 35 of Milwaukee's 52 games. 

The 22-year-old Johnson, a 6-foot-7, 235-pound swingman who was taken eighth overall in 2015, averaged 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in four seasons with the Pistons but has struggled with his outside shot, hitting only 29.2 percent of his long-range attempts. He is better known for his defense.

Johnson will be a restricted free agent following this season, while Maker makes $2,799,720 this season and $3,569,643 next season.

Maker will likely gain a rotation spot for Detroit, possibly at the expense of veteran big man Zaza Pachulia.

Jabari Parker traded to Wizards

Jabari Parker, once the No. 2 overall pick by the Bucks, was traded by the Chicago Bulls to the Washington Wizards in his first season of a free agent deal, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Parker went to the Washington Wizards with Bobby Portis for Otto Porter Jr.

Porter, a 6-foot-8 wing, is averaging 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2 assists in his sixth season, and slots in as the starting small forward, a role the Bulls signed Parker to fill before quickly shelving that experiment.

Porter is due $55.7 million over the next two seasons. That contract carries a $28.4 million player option in 2020-21 that he almost certainly will exercise.

The move, which also includes the Bulls sending out a protected 2023 second-round pick, is a sign management isn't convinced it could land a player better than Porter in free agency. And with the cap rising, the Bulls still project to have roughly $19 million to work the edges of free agency to add more veterans.

The Wizards deemed Porter expendable Tuesday, when they ruled out All-Star guard John Wall for 12 months after he ruptured his left Achilles tendon in a fall at home. That's the same day Portis, who turned down a four-year extension offer last fall, reiterated his desire to remain a Bull long-term.

The move closes the books on Parker's disastrous homecoming, which featured first Fred Hoiberg shelving the Parker-at-small-forward experiment and moving him to a reserve role and later Jim Boylen moving Parker completely out of the rotation for a stretch.

But Parker, as he did throughout time in Chicago after signing a two-year, $40 million free-agency deal as the Bulls' main offseason acquisition, took the high road.

"It's growth," Parker told the Tribune. "I'm a positive guy. I never have regrets. I grew from this experience, me personally. From a situation that was tricky, I did what I could to grow. I came here because I'm a city kid. I do it for the fans. I tried to do everything I could to show them that I appreciated the city."

Parker, who had been hoping for a new home since Boylen pushed him out of the rotation in mid-December, wasn't surprised by the move.

"I'm grateful for a chance to play somewhere, good minutes," he said. "I hope I can be used the way I'm capable of playing.''

Parker is no longer a Bull. But he witnessed this season of upheaval up close. Asked for his advice on what the Bulls should do, he used present tense one more time.

"We have some great talent. Be consistent with guys. Give them the opportunity to grow. Give them the chance they have to be free on the floor," Parker said. "When I came in the league, I didn't know everything at once. It's going to take time, patience. That's what J-Kidd (former Bucks coach Jason Kidd) did with me and Giannis (Antetokounmpo). He let us go through our mistakes, let us develop as men and as players. I see a similar situation with guys on this team."

State Journal wire services contributed to this story. 


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