Archive for February 7th, 2009

Charlotte Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins announced today that the team has acquired forward Vladimir Radmanovic from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for forward Adam Morrison and guard Shannon Brown.

“Vladimir is a versatile forward who has the ability to play multiple positions in this league,” Higgins said. “We saw this as an opportunity to add another experienced player whose skill set is interchangeable with a variety of different lineups.”

The 6-10, 235-pound Radmanovic has appeared in 516 career NBA games spread between Seattle, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Lakers. He has career averages of 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds, while shooting .420 from the field and .386 from the three-point line. In 46 games (28 starts) with the Lakers this season he averaged 5.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 16.8 minutes. He currently ranks ninth in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.411), connecting on 60-136 attempts.

Originally drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft, Radmanovic had three consecutive seasons with the Sonics where he averaged double-figure scoring. His best statistical season in the NBA came during the 2003-04 season when he appeared in 77 games (38 starts) with averages of 12.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.1 minutes. During that season, he scored 20-plus points 13 times and recorded six double-doubles. He has also appeared in 44 career playoff games with averages of 7.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in 21.9 minutes.

Morrison was selected by Charlotte with the third overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft after declaring early following his junior season at Gonzaga. He has career averages of 9.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 24.5 minutes in 122 games (28 starts). Morrison missed the entire 2007-08 season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in an Oct. 20 preseason game against the Lakers. As a rookie in 2006-07, he appeared in 78 games with 23 starts and averaged 11.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 29.8 minutes. He was also named to the All-Rookie Second Team that year after finishing second among all NBA Rookies in scoring and minutes played. This season, he appeared in 44 games (five starts) with averages of 4.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 15.2 minutes.

Brown is in his third NBA season and averaged 4.8 points and 1.0 assist in 30 games played for Charlotte this season. In 74 career games, Brown has averaged 4.4 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 10.5 minutes split between Cleveland, Chicago and Charlotte. Brown was originally drafted by the Cavaliers with the 25th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.

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Tony Parker buys part of overseas team

The San Antonio Express-News (Jeff McDonald) reports: In preparation for life after his playing days are over, Parker has purchased the second-largest stake in ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne, the most storied basketball club is his native France. “I just wanted to do something to prepare my future,” Parker said. “I had a good opportunity with that team, and I took it.” Parker says he hasn’t ruled out finishing his career with the French team once his NBA career is over.

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