Knicks Acquire Hughes, Wilcox at Deadline • Latino Sports


Knicks Acquire Hughes, Wilcox at Deadline


NEW YORK, February 19, 2009 – The New York Knickerbockers President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh announced today that forward Chris Wilcox has been acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for forward Malik Rose and cash considerations and guard Larry Hughes has been acquired from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for center Jerome James, guard Anthony Roberson and forward Tim Thomas.

“With these trades, we have added two talented players and strengthened our backcourt and frontline, while also not losing sight of our long term goals,” Walsh said. “Chris and Larry are versatile players that will have good opportunities to thrive in our system.”

Wilcox, 6-10, 235-pounds, was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the eighth overall selection in the 2002 NBA Draft out of the University of Maryland. The Raleigh, NC-native has career averages of 9.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.40 blocks in 423 games (211 starts) over seven NBA seasons with Oklahoma City/Seattle and Los Angeles Clippers. Wilcox averaged 13.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 62 games (55 starts) with Seattle during the 2007-08 season. He is averaging 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds over 19.4 minutes in 37 games (six starts) during 2008-09 campaign.

Hughes, 6-5, 184-pounds, was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the eighth overall selection in the 1998 NBA draft out of Saint Louis University. The St. Louis, MO-native has career averages of 14.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.50 steals in 648 career games (479 starts) over 11 NBA seasons with Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, Golden State and Philadelphia. Hughes, who was acquired by Chicago in a six-player deal on Feb. 21, 2008, averaged 12.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 68 games with Chicago and Cleveland during the 2007-08 season. He is averaging 12.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.20 steals over 216.4 minutes in 30 games (six starts) during 2008-09 campaign.

“Chris is a gifted athletic big man that brings toughness and solidifies our interior defense,” Head Coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Larry fits nicely in our backcourt. He is extremely athletic and a tough defender with a solid overall game.”

Rose, 6-7, 255-pounds, was acquired by the Knicks, along with a first-round pick on Feb. 24, 2005 from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Nazr Mohammed and Jamison Brewer. Rose averaged 4.0 points and 3.0 rebounds over 13.9 minutes in 230 games (44 starts) over five seasons with New York. The Drexel product, who won two NBA championships in San Antonio, has career averages of 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 793 games over 13 NBA seasons with New York, San Antonio and Charlotte. He is averaging 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in over 8.9 minutes in 18 games this season.

James, 7-1, 285 points, signed with the Knicks as a free agent on Aug. 2, 2005 after spending four seasons with the Seattle Supersonics. He averaged 2.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 90 career games with New York. The Florida A&M product, who is in his 10th NBA season, has career averages of 4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in 358 games with New York, Seattle and Sacramento. He is averaging 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in two games during the 2008-09 campaign. On Jan. 18, James ruptured his right Achilles and is expected to be out for the remainder of the season.

Roberson, 6-2, 195 pounds, signed as a free agent with the Knicks on Jul. 24, 2008. The Saginaw, MI-native averaged 4.7 points and 11.0 minutes in 23 games this season.

Thomas, 6-10, 240-pounds, was acquired by the Knicks, with Cuttino Mobley, from the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 21 in exchange for Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins. Thomas averaged 9.6 points and 3.1 rebounds over 21.5 minutes in 36 games (one start) in his second stint with New York. The Villanova product, who also played for the Knicks from 2003-05 before being traded to Chicago on Oct. 4, 2005 has career averages of 11.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 788 games over 11 seasons with New York, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix, Chicago, Milwaukee and Philadelphia.


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