Mavs acquire Jamison in nine-player trade

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks finally made a major offseason move, acquiring Antawn Jamison in a nine-player trade with the Golden State Warriors.

The Mavericks also got Danny Fortson, Jiri Welsch and Chris Mills from the Warriors for Nick Van Exel, Avery Johnson, Evan Eschmeyer, Popeye Jones and Antoine Rigadeau.

The 6-foot-9 Jamison has averaged 20.2 points a game in his five NBA seasons, and has been the Warriors' top scorer the past four seasons.

Van Exel was the Mavericks' leading scorer off the bench last season. During the playoffs, when Dallas advanced to the Western Conference finals before losing to San Antonio, Van Exel averaged 19.5 points.

After getting to the Western Conference finals last season, the Mavericks weren't able to land any big-name free agents. San Antonio, Sacramento and the Los Angeles Lakers, the other top teams in the conference, had all already moves to upgrade their rosters.

"We're extremely excited about this deal," Warriors general manager Garry St. Jean said. "In the short term, we have added talented players to our roster while also providing an opportunity for some of our younger players to step up and play larger roles in our overall development."

St. Jean also said the players the Warriors acquired would provide the team with more flexibility.

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