Kings get John Salmons from Bucks in 3-team trade
The Sacramento Kings today acquired forward John Salmons and the draft rights to Jimmer Fredette from the Milwaukee Bucks in a three-team trade that sent guard Beno Udrih to the Bucks and the draft rights to Bismack Biyombo to the Charlotte Bobcats. Charlotte also received Corey Maggette from Milwaukee in exchange for Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston and the draft rights to Tobias Harris, according to Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie.
“The acquisition of John Salmons, whom we had before, gives us a versatile small forward that can score the ball and defend a number of different positions,” said Petrie. “He obviously brings some experience back to our team and was extremely productive in his former stint as a King. We’re looking forward to have him come back and join our team.
“Jimmer was one of the most exciting players in college basketball the last couple of seasons. If not the best shooter in the draft, he was certainly one of the best. He’ll add a new dimension to our team offensively. He’s an exciting player and I think our fans will enjoy him as well.”
Salmons, a nine-year NBA veteran, averaged 14.0 points (.415 FGs, .379 3FGs, .813 FTs), 3.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game in 73 outings with the Bucks last season, of which he started 70. He has posted career averages of 10.1 points (.442 FGs, .369 3FGs, .806 FTs), 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 assts per game in 674 contests with Philadelphia (2002-06), Sacramento (2006-09), Chicago (2009-10) and Milwaukee (2009-11). His arrival in Sacramento marks his second stint with the Kings. One of Salmons’ most productive seasons occurred while playing for Sacramento when he averaged 18.3 points (.472 FGs, .418 3FGs, .823 FTs), 4.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game in 53 outings during the 2008-09 campaign. He has amassed career playoff averages of 11.2 points (.401 FGs, .258 3FGs, .875 FTs), 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game through 22 contests, of which he started 14 for Philadelphia (2003 and 2005), Chicago (2009) and Milwaukee (2010). Salmons was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round (26th pick overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft out of the University of Miami where he enjoyed a four-year career, averaging 10.4 points (.466 FGs, .321 3FGs and .805 FTs), 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in 124 outings for the Hurricanes.