BOSTON (CBS) — After months and months and months of speculation, the New Orleans Pelicans have finally executed a trade before Thursday afternoon’s deadline.
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The Pelicans — who’ve been dealing with the frenzy surrounding Anthony Davis’ trade request from a few weeks back — traded forward Nikola Mirotic to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.
The Pelicans reportedly received four second-round picks in the deal, in addition to Smith and Johnson.
Mirotic, 27, is in his fifth NBA season after being drafted 23rd overall in 2011. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound power forward is averaging 16.7 points, 8.3 rebound, 1.1 assists and 0.8 blocks in 28.9 minutes per game this year.