'This one hurts': Maker's trade rocks Bucks superstar

Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent

Australian big man Thon Maker is headed to the Detroit Pistons and Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers have added elite Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris to put themselves in position to claim the NBA title.

Maker has been pushing for a trade from the Milwaukee Bucks despite the team holding the best record in the NBA.

The Pistons, who according to ESPN are offering forward Stanley Johnson for the athletic, 216cm tall Maker, are in ninth in the weak Eastern Conference and may miss the playoffs.

Maker wants more court time after watching his minutes dwindle at the Bucks since with the arrival of head coach Mike Budenholzer.

Maker is on the move to Detroit. Pic: Getty

The West Australian's urge to prove his value comes as he eyes signing a potentially huge rookie contract extension at the end of the season.

Maker's pending departure rocked the Bucks' leader Giannis Antetokounmpo.

"Thon is like my little brother, this one hurts more than any trade that happened that I've been a part of but this is the business we work in," he told ESPN.

The Pistons and Bucks are reportedly "finalising" the trade ahead of Thursday's (Friday AEDT) deadline.

Meanwhile, Ben Simmons' 76ers says they are in a "position to contend now" after acquiring forward Tobias Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers in a multiplayer deal.

The Sixers acquired Harris, 221cm tall centre Boban Marjanovic and journeyman forward Mike Scott from the Clippers in exchange for veteran swingman Wilson Chandler, big man Mike Muscala, rookie guard Landry Shamet and multiple draft picks.

"We are in the unique position to contend now and we think this trade positions us well for the postseason," 76ers general manager Elton Brand said in a statement Wednesday.

"Tobias is one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA and possesses an innate ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor, while Boban and Mike provide valuable skillsets, size and depth to our team."

Harris, 26, joins a strong Philadelphia lineup featuring All-Stars Joel Embiid, Simmons and Jimmy Butler.