NBA Rumor: Thon Maker Trade?

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The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired forward Nikola Mirotic from the New Orleans Pelicans in a three-team deal. The Bucks will also send forward Thon Maker to the Detroit Pistons and center Jason Smith, along with four future second-round draft picks to the Pelicans. Detroit will send forward Stanley Johnson to New Orleans to complete the trade.

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How far in advance did you know that story was going to come out? Did you know it was going to come out? Thon Maker: “No, no. I’ve been focused on the game, like every single game all year just like I always do. I’m a winner. I focus on the games and that’s all that matters to me. I’ve never just said things recklessly without thinking about it or talking to people about it. I always go back to my people and talk to them about it. I just focus on the game; that’s all I’ve done so far.”

How frustrating has it been this year to not get as much playing time as maybe you thought you were going to get and seeing a vet like Brook Lopez come in and scoop up minutes, even as well as he’s playing? Has this year gone a bit differently than you expected? Thon Maker: “I’m a competitive guy, very. I don’t like saying that about myself but people in the locker room say that about me. But I’m a competitive person and the GM, the coaches, those guys, they wouldn’t like it if I was happy not to be playing. They’ve wouldn’t like that. For me, as a competitor, I’ve got to stay locked in. I’ve always been a winner since the first time I started playing basketball. In high school, you can check my record, I played to win no matter what. There were media, articles and stuff talking about me I’m a YouTube guy, this and that. I’ve always focused on playing the game the right way and the real basketball fans when they saw that they actually loved that more than the highlights I produced. The highlights just happen within the game. I’m trying to win the game. I’ve always been that same person.”

In the end, do you feel like getting traded would be best for you? Do you think that would be best? Thon Maker: Like I said, I really love the city. It’s where I live. The fans have supported me. The Bucks took a historic pick in the lottery with a guy coming straight out of high school. For me, I really appreciated that. And the fans, everything like that. I’ve been down to earth with this organization because they picked me straight out of high school, a historic pick. For me, I just go out there and play as hard as I can every time I’m out there to repay that. This is where I live. This is where I live.
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May 8, 2021 | 6:38 pm EDT Update