Maker requests trade from Bucks

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The Bucks selected Maker with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 National Basketball Association draft, while the 21-year-old center can negotiate a rookie contract extension this offseason.

The former lottery pick has struggled for playing time under new coach Mike Budenholzer this season, averaging 4.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 11.7 minutes but has received thee DNP's since January 1.

Milwaukee Bucks backup center Thon Maker has told the team he wants to be traded somewhere he can get more playing time, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday.

Maker's agent and Bucks general manager Jon Horst have discussed potential trade opportunities in recent weeks.

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Even though the Bucks have steamrolled to the top of the Eastern Conference with a 35-12 record, Maker hasn't been able to see consistent playing time with the team.

Maker is under contract with the Bucks through the 2019-20 season, and he is eligible to negotiate a rookie contract extension this offseason.

The frontcourt depth is not an issue for the Bucks and this is also the reason why Maker has fallen out of rotation. He was part of the team's second unit when Ersan Ilyasova was injured, but forward D.J.

Maker has had very erratic usage at Milwaukee, with a recent downturn in minutes. He shot 39.3 percent from 3-point range during Milwaukee's first-round playoff loss to the Boston Celtics last season.

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