Overall trade grade
Honestly, I think it’s tough to feel anything other than largely apathetic about this deal on either side.
It’s entirely possible that one player will finally find their game while the other continues to flounder, and a clear winner in this deal could then emerge in time. In the now, though, it’s what could only be described as much of a muchness.
There’s no harm in either the Bucks or Pistons taking a flyer on a prospect with high potential, particularly as they’d essentially ran out of patience and opportunities for the players they parted with.
The Bucks didn’t need Maker, although a more consistent reserve big man may still be a welcome addition. Johnson adds something different to the bench wing corps, and his defense could ultimately win him minutes.
Having said that, with Tony Snell, Sterling Brown, Pat Connaughton and Donte DiVincenzo for bench competition, wing minutes may be tough to come by for Johnson. Unless the Bucks take a shining to lineups with Johnson at the 4, as Detroit tried from time to time, he may struggle to crack the rotation at all this season.
If that occurs, the Bucks will simply move on with their cap space and suffer no real loss. Until Johnson proves otherwise, though, only the slightest sense of positivity comes through in assessing the deal.
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