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MavsFanFinley
09-09-2004, 07:53 PM
Warriors waive Laettner

September 9, 2004

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors waived forward Christian Laettner on Thursday, less than one month after acquiring him in an eight-player trade with the Dallas Mavericks.

The Warriors got Laettner, Eduardo Najera, two future first-round draft picks and the draft rights to guards Luis Flores and Mladen Sekularac from the Mavericks on Aug. 24, for Erick Dampier, Dan Dickau, Evan Eschmeyer and the draft rights to Steve Logan.

Laettner was traded from Washington to Dallas earlier in the summer. He averaged 5.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 48 games for the Wizards last season.

Laettner, a member of the original Olympic Dream Team in 1992, has averaged 13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists in his 12-year career with Minnesota, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas and Washington.

Simon2
09-09-2004, 08:11 PM
Again, as I have said before, this guy is a great backup for Dirk. Maybe the Mavs can do a sign and trade with another team?

endtroducing
09-10-2004, 09:01 AM
...nope. we've got Booth and Henderson.

MavsFanFinley
09-10-2004, 09:23 AM
Heat may get Laettner

By BARRY JACKSON
bjackson@herald.com

The Heat hope to sign veteran free agent forward Christian Laettner in the next few days, several sources said.

Thursday, has expressed interest in joining Miami but has other options, according to a league source. Miami can offer the veteran's minimum ($1 million), while several other teams could offer more. The Warriors are responsible for his $6.2 million salary for next season.

Laettner, 6-11, averaged 5.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 20.5 minutes in 48 games for Washington last year.

Golden State acquired him last month in the trade that sent Erick Dampier to Dallas.

Picked third overall by Minnesota in the 1992 draft, Laettner has averaged 13.3 points and 6.9 rebounds in a 12-year career. If he signs with the Heat, he would compete with Udonis Haslem and Malik Allen for minutes at power forward. Laettner also can play center.

MavsFanFinley
09-15-2004, 08:08 PM
Heat sign Laettner to help Shaq

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer
September 15, 2004

MIAMI (AP) -- Christian Laettner wanted to play close to his home and for a winning team. The Miami Heat was an obvious choice, even before they traded for Shaquille O'Neal.

``Once Shaq got on the team, it was even more of a no-brainer,'' Laettner said.

Laettner, 35, signed a one-year contract Wednesday with the Heat for the veteran minimum of $1.1 million, sending him to a fourth team in less than three months.

Laettner was traded from Washington to Dallas earlier this summer. Then he was moved from Dallas to Golden State in an eight-player deal last month.

The Warriors waived Laettner last week.

Now, he finally is somewhere he wants to be.

``I wanted to play for a few more years and I wanted to be around my family,'' said Laettner, who lives in Ponte Vedra Beach near Jacksonville. ``And I want to be on a team that's going to win. (Miami) meets a lot of criteria.''

Laettner averaged 5.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 48 games for the Wizards last season. He was limited by back pain and then shuffled to the end of the bench after a five-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

A member of the original Olympic Dream Team in 1992, Laettner has averaged 13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists in his 12-year career with Minnesota, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas and Washington.

His numbers have dropped significantly in recent years because of injuries and reduced playing time.

``It's part of the game,'' said Laettner, who is known more for passing and shooting than for physical inside play. ``It's part of getting older. It's not averaging 18 (points) and eight (rebounds) anymore. That's all part of it.''

Laettner said his knees and back felt good and he believes he can contribute, especially playing alongside O'Neal.

``He makes it easier for everybody he plays with,'' Laettner said. ``He takes up so much space that it opens up space for everybody else.''

Laettner will compete with Udonis Haslem and Malik Allen for the starting role when training camp opens Oct. 5.

Max Power
09-15-2004, 09:45 PM
L8 was going to be a teammate of Shaq until the Mavs interrupted the trade and acquired him. It is nice that he finally gets to play next to the Diesel.