Deal's been done:
July 31, 2006 - The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired guard Steve Blake, forward Brian Skinner and center Ha Seung-Jin (sung-gin) from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for center Jamaal Magloire, General Manager Larry Harris announced today.
“This trade allowed us to add depth to both our frontcourt and backcourt,” said Harris. “In Steve Blake, we added a talented point guard who had one of the best assist-to-turnover ratios in the league last season. Brian was a solid contributor to our team two years ago and, along with Ha Seung-Jin, will give us added size up front.
“Jamaal was one of only five NBA centers to play in all 82 games last season and was certainly a factor in our making the playoffs,” added Harris. “We thank him for his contributions and wish him well in Portland.”
Blake, 26, averaged a career-best 8.2 points in 68 games for Portland last season. He ranked third in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.69:1) and was 16th in three-point field goal percentage (.413). Entering his fourth NBA season out of the University of Maryland, the 6-3 guard sports career averages of 6.4 points, 3.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds. He started on Maryland’s 2002 NCAA Championship team as a junior and was first team All-ACC as a senior.
An eight-year NBA veteran, Skinner, 30, has averaged 5.2 points and 4.9 rebounds in 405 career games with six different teams. He averaged a career-best 10.5 points along with 7.3 rebounds and 1.09 blocks in helping the Bucks to the playoffs during the 2003-04 campaign. Last season, he split 65 games between Sacramento and Portland, averaging 2.9 points and 3.5 rebounds.
A 7-3, 305-lb, third-year center, Ha Seung-Jin appeared in 21 games for Portland last year, averaging 1.6 points and 1.8 rebounds. The first South Korean to ever play in the NBA, Ha, who will be 21 years old this Friday, was originally selected by the Trail Blazers in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft (46th overall).
Magloire averaged 9.2 points and a team-high 9.5 rebounds for Milwaukee last season. He was the only Buck to start in all 82 games and finished the season 7th in the NBA in total rebounds (778) and 10th in rebounds per game. The 2004 All-Star spent five seasons with the Hornets prior to coming to Milwaukee before the start of last season, and has averaged 9.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in 425 career games.