A busy predraft day just got busier for the Milwaukee Bucks. A source tells Sporting News that the Bucks, after trading Richard Jefferson for a trio of Spurs-Fabricio Oberto, Bruce Bowen and Kurt Thomas-have traded Oberto to Detroit for young power forward Amir Johnson. A Bucks source has confirmed the deal.
The deal will be announced tonight.
Milwaukee entered the offseason seeking to improve their depth at the power forward spot with the impending free agency of Charlie Villanueva. After the deal for Jefferson, the team was left with, basically, Kurt Thomas and Luc Mbah a Moute at the position, but moving Oberto for the 22-year-old Johnson gives the Bucks added depth, youth and athleticism.
The Bucks still have the No. 10 pick in Thursday's NBA draft. The acquisition of Johnson pretty much eliminates the possibility that they'll take a power forward, meaning Milwaukee could be looking for guard depth to gird themselves against the free agency of Ramon Sessions.
Yahoo! Sports reports the Pistons will buy out the final year of Oberto's contract and allow him to become a free agent.
Oberto will surely resign with the Sterns I'd imagine.