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Detroit Pistons trade Stanley Johnson to Milwaukee Bucks

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The Detroit Pistons have made another move as Thursday’s trade deadline draws near, this time sending Stanley Johnson to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for center Thon Maker.

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While the deal has not been finalized yet, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the deal has been agreed to in principle:

Both Stanley Johnson and Thon Maker are two former lottery picks that haven’t reached their full potential. The trade offers both players a chance to accelerate their careers in fresh environments.

This is the second trade the Pistons have made prior to Thursday’s trade deadline, as they agreed to a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers yesterday swapping Reggie Bullock for Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a second-round pick.

Stanley Johnson Analysis

Stanley Johnson, who is 22, was selected by the Pistons with the eighth overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft. In his fourth NBA season with Detroit, Johnson is averaging 20.0 minutes, 7.5 points, and 3.6 rebounds according to ESPN. For his career, Johson is averaging 22.1 minutes, 7.1 points, and 3.5 rebounds.

Johnson joins the Bucks, who have the NBA’s best record at 39-13. He’ll provide the team with another strong wing defender as they prepare for a playoff push. Stanley Johnson can become a restricted free agent this summer.

Thon Maker Analysis

Thon Maker is a 7-foot-1, 21-year-old center who has shown stretches of terrific promise in the league, but he’s been in and out of the Bucks rotation throughout the season.

Maker is averaging 4.7 points and 2.7 rebounds while averaging 11.7 minutes in 35 games this season. Despite the reduction in playing time, Maker has raised his scoring and rebounding production per 36 minutes to 14.4 and 8.4, respectively, as well as his player efficiency rating to 13.1 from 10.2 according to ESPN.

According to a report from ESPN, Maker told Bucks management he would prefer to be traded to a team that would provide a larger role back in January. He’ll get an opportunity for playing time with Dwane Casey.

Maker is a talented prospect with one year left on his rookie deal and will be eligible to negotiate a rookie contract extension this offseason.

Thon Maker emigrated from war-torn South Sudan to Australia as a young man before settling into Canada before the 2016 NBA draft.

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BREAKING: Pistons’ forward Blake Griffin’s Game 2 status revealed

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In Game 1, the Detroit Pistons were without their best player Blake Griffin and they were blown out by the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Well, if the Pistons want to steal a game in Milwaukee before heading back to Detroit, they will have to do so without Griffin as he has been ruled OUT for Wednesday night’s game.

Nation, do the Pistons even stand a chance tonight? What is your score prediction?

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Casey: Griffin trying to convince medical staff he can play

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The report that Detroit Pistons fans were dreading came out this morning – star forward Blake Griffin is likely to miss the entire first round of the playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks. Of course, that comes on the heels of a Game 1 blowout loss to the Bucks in which the team was thoroughly embarrassed in nearly every facet.

Despite this, according to Pistons writer Keith Langlois, Griffin still wants to be out on the floor despite a nagging knee injury.

“If it was my decision, I would’ve played,” Griffin told ESPN after Game 1.

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Things went from bad to worse for the Detroit Pistons.

Already overwhelmed by the relentless attack of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe, center Andre Drummond took out his frustration on Giannis Antetokounmpo, shoving the Greek Freak to the floor as he was going for a layup.

Drummond was hit with a flagrant-2 foul and thrown from the game. Additionally, the inactive Blake Griffin was given a technical for arguing the call.

Pistons beat writer Rod Beard had this observation:

Ouch.

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It was an ugly scene at Little Caesars Arena during the first half of Tuesday night’s game between the Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies. The fact that Memphis was missing eight regulars from their lineup didn’t stop the players on the floor from building a staggering 22 point lead over Detroit, leading to a chorus of boos from the fans in attendance.

However, the Pistons were able to mount a comeback for a dramatic 100-93 victory to inch closer to the Eastern Conference’s playoff spot. Pistons center Andre Drummond had himself a good second half, with a renewed effort on the defensive end.

“I made a decision to start trapping in the second half,” Drummond explained. “I told (assistant) coach Sweeney – ‘I think we need to blitz them and make them speed up the game a little…..we made them play our game, we made them pick the pace up and they weren’t ready for it.”

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LOOK: Pistons’ Andre Drummond gets bent out of shape following tweet by Fox 2 reporter

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The Detroit Pistons were easily handled on Sunday by the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. This does not come as much of a surprise as the Pistons were without their best player, Blake Griffin, and they were playing against a Bucks team that led the entire NBA in wins.

Late in the game Pistons’ center Andre Drummond was ejected after shoving Giannis Antetokounmpo and being assessed a Flagrant 2 foul.

When Drummond was asked about how tough it was not to be able to finish the game because of his Flagrant 2, he replied, “I got to shower early.”

As you can see from above Jennifer Hammond of Fox 2 tweeted out Drummond’s comment, which she has every right to do. (In fact, it is part of her job)

Well, when Drummond caught wind of Hammond tweeting out WHAT HE SAID, he was clearly offended.

“See you Wednesday, Jennifer… have the same energy. I’ve been good to you my whole career and you want to turn the knife when we as a team is having a rough night! All good, @DetroitPistons we aren’t dead it’s only game one, let’s turn things around on Wednesday!”

Jennifer Hammond is a class act and she has always been a class act. If Andre Drummond does not want his comments to be reported, then he needs to refrain from saying them. Or at least, choose his words wisely.

 

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