Bucks trade for Pelicans big man Mirotic

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 19:  Nikola Mirotic #3 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts after scoring a three pointer during Game 3 of the Western Conference playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Smoothie King Center on April 19, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The Milwaukee Bucks, already on pace to set franchise marks in outside shooting, acquired another 3-point specialist at Thursday’s trade deadline.

New Orleans traded forward Nikola Mirotic to Milwaukee as part of a three-team deal that sends the BucksJason Smith and Detroit’s Stanley Johnson to the Pelicans.

The Bucks had previously agreed to send center Thon Maker to the Pistons for Johnson. The Pelicans also receive multiple second-round draft choices in the exchange.

Milwaukee officially announced the move Thursday night.

“[Mirotic] is a skilled, two-way player who fits extremely well into our system,” Bucks general manager Jon Horst said in a statement. “He shoots at a high percentage from beyond the arc, rebounds and defends at his position and provides depth to our frontcourt.”

The 6-foot-10 Mirotic, an adept 3-point shooter, was acquired by New Orleans from Chicago last season and was an instrumental part of the club rallying to make the playoffs and advance to the second round after the season-ending injury to DeMarcus Cousins.

Mirotic is averaging career-highs of 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this season. He is shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from 3-point range. The Montenegro native has averaged at least 10 points per game in each of his five seasons and earned All-Rookie after the 2014-15 season.

He will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 campaign.