The Detroit Pistons just acquired 7'1 center Thon Maker from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Stanley Johnson, but superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo isn't happy about it. The two had played together for three years after Maker was drafted 10th overall in 2016.
In an interview with Cassidy Hubbarth of ESPN, Antetokounmpo spoke about his feelings on the trade, saying it felt like he was losing a family member.
Thon Maker's trade is weighing heavy on Giannis. (via @CassidyHubbarth) pic.twitter.com/Yl3Zvf68Ea
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 6, 2019
“Thon is like my little brother, this one hurts more than any trade that happened that I’ve been a part of but this is the business we work in,” he explained. “I talked to Thon, but I didn’t try to talk to him a lot cause I know I would get emotional cause he’s technically my little brother, been with him three years. You know, it’s tough, but he’s a tough guy and this opportunity is going to be good for him.”
Maker averaged about 11.7 minutes per game this year, and is expected to get more playing time with Detroit. It wasn't the first move the Pistons made head of the NBA Trade Deadline, as they dealt Reggie Bullock to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a second-round pick.
Reggie Bullock posts heartfelt message to Pistons fans
Following the trade between the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers, Reggie Bullock took to Twitter to post a heartfelt message expressing his love and appreciation for the Piston’s organization and its fans.
“My love for the city was nothing that I could explain over a tweet, THE LOVE EXTENDS BEYOND! @DetroitPistons thanks for a Lifetime MEMORY! Made me who I am today ????”
According to multiple reports, the Detroit Pistons agreed to trade Reggie Bullock to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a second-round pick. Bullock, who is 27 and will become a free agent this summer, spent four years with the Pistons, averaging 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. This season, the six-year veteran is currently averaging 12.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists.