Maker to Pistons

The Milwaukee Bucks have traded center Thon Maker to the Detroit Pistons. In the deal announced Wednesday afternoon, the Bucks will be receiving 22­year-old small forward Stanley Johnson. The six-foot-seven, 245-pound Johnson is a consistent defensive player who is averaging seven points and three-and-a-half rebounds-a-game. Maker’s departure from Milwaukee may have been decided when he and his agent discussed his preference for more playing time — or his willingness to be a part of a trade.