PACERS MAKE 8-PLAYER TRADE WITH WARRIORS
The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday an eight-player deal with the Golden State Warriors. The Pacers received from the Warriors forwards Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy, Ike Diogu and guard Keith McLeod in exchange for forwards Al Harrington and Josh Powell and guards Stephen Jackson and Sarunas Jasikevicius.
“We feel we made a pretty significant trade for the franchise that will be good for both teams,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “Trades are always painful because you give up players you like, but in this case, we think it’s a good trade that works for both teams. We feel the players we got will make a significant difference in the franchise.”
The 6-9, 230-pound Dunleavy is in his fifth season out of Duke. In 39 games with the Warriors this season he averaged 11.4 points per game. Murphy, a 6-11 six-year veteran from Notre Dame, has played in 26 games, averaging 8.9 points per game. Diogu is in his second season out of Arizona State and is averaging 7.2 points per game in 17 games. McLeod, in his fourth season out of Bowling Green, has played in 26 games, averaging 5.3 points per game.
Jackson was in his third season with the Pacers and played 37 games, averaging 14.1 points. Harrington was in his second stretch with the Pacers after being acquired in a trade from Atlanta, Aug. 23, 2006. Harrington had played in 36 games and was second on the team in scoring at 15.9 points per game. Jasikevicius, in his second season with the Pacers, played in 37 games, averaging 7.4 points per game. Powell was acquired in a trade with Dallas, July 24, 2006 and played in just seven games, averaging 1.7 points per game.
The players acquired from Golden State will not be in uniform Thursday night when the Pacers play at Miami. They are expected to be in uniform when the Pacers host the New York Knicks Saturday night in Conseco Fieldhouse.