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09-11-2002, 06:37 PM
Stackhouse likely to be dealt in six-player deal

ESPN.com news services

The Pistons are close to a deal that would send guard-forward Jerry Stackhouse, forward Brian Cardinal and center Ratko Varda to the Wizards for guard Richard Hamilton, guard Hubert Davis and guard-forward Bobby Simmons, ESPN's David Aldridge reported Wednesday.

The deal is expected to be finalized tonight.

Stackhouse ranked 14th in the NBA last season in scoring, averaging 21.4 points per game. The All-Star led Detroit to the Eastern Conference semifinals where it was ousted in five games by the Celtics.

09-11-2002, 06:42 PM
If Stackhouse is so good, why do the Pistons practically give him away and throw in the promising foreign center?

09-11-2002, 08:00 PM
Wednesday, September 11

All-Star Stackhouse traded to Wizards

Associated Press

WASHINGTON --Jerry Stackhouse was traded from Detroit to the Washington Wizards in a six-player deal Wednesday that sent fellow shooting guard Richard Hamilton to the Pistons.

The Pistons sent Stackhouse, forward Brian Cardinal and center Ratko Varda to the Wizards for Hamilton, forward Bobby Simmons and guard Hubert Davis.

In essence, the Wizards traded the future for the present as Michael Jordan prepares for one last shot at another NBA title. Hamilton is considered on the brink of All-Star status, while Stackhouse is already there.

``When you have the opportunity to add an All-Star player of Jerry's caliber, you can't hesitate on the chance to strengthen the team,'' Wizards general manager Wes Unseld said. ``We had to part with several players we were very high on, but we feel we have improved.''

Stackhouse, a two-time All-Star selection, has a career scoring average over seven NBA seasons of 21.2 points, the highest among any player taken in the 1995 draft. Drafted third overall by Philadelphia, he was traded to Detroit in 1997. His best season came in 2000-01, when he finished second in the league with a 29.8-point average.

Once considered by some to be an arrogant, shoot-first player, Stackhouse changed his game last season to make his teammates better -- and to help his team win. He took almost seven fewer shots per game and played nearly five less minutes than he did the previous season, when he was second in the league in scoring and the Pistons won just 32 games.

The result: The former North Carolina star led the Pistons to the Central Division title, the team's first since 1990. In the regular season, he averaged 21.4 points, a career-best 5.3 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 35.3 minutes.

Stackhouse faltered in the playoffs, however. When the Pistons faced elimination in Game 5 against Toronto in the first round, he made just 1 of 10 shots.

The second time Detroit faced elimination, Stackhouse made just 3 of 18 shots against Boston and failed to attack Paul Pierce when Pierce had four fouls in the third quarter. Stackhouse made just 32.1 percent of his shots in 10 playoff games.

Stackhouse is the third starter acquired by the Wizards this offseason. Washington signed free agent Larry Hughes to play point guard in July and added free agent small forward Bryon Russell on Tuesday.

Jordan has said this season will be his last, assuming his ailing knees allow him to play. Coach Doug Collins said Tuesday that he planned to use Jordan as a backup behind Hamilton. Now it appears that Jordan will play behind Stackhouse.

Jordan is expected to announce his plans later this month. The Wizards open training camp Oct. 1.

The trade also gives the Wizards some much-needed size, although Cardinal and Varda spent most of last season on the injured list.

Cardinal was drafted by Detroit in the second round of the 2000 draft out of Purdue. He has played in 23 games in two NBA seasons, averaging 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds. He spent 60 games on the injured list last season with a knee injury.

Varda was signed by Detroit as a free-agent from Yugoslavia last summer. He spent 76 games on the injured list with a back injury.

Hamilton, drafted seventh overall by the Wizards in 1999, has averaged 15.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists over three seasons. He averaged 20.0 points last season, trailing only Jordan.

Davis averaged 7.2 points last season and 8.8 points overall in his 10-year career. He made 45 percent of his 3-pointers last season, sixth best in the league.

Simmons just completed his rookie season with the Wizards, averaging 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 30 games.

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09-11-2002, 09:22 PM
<< If Stackhouse is so good, why do the Pistons practically give him away and throw in the promising foreign center? >>

Good question David. But RWB isnīt around any more to answer it. Or is he?

09-11-2002, 09:38 PM
because they want a young good player like richard hamilton

09-11-2002, 09:42 PM
Does this move happen to clear up money for the pistons? It wasn't it the article so I'm not sure, but Stack has to make more than Rip. It seems like that would be a good reason to make the deal.

09-11-2002, 09:58 PM
if i remember correctly, stack doesnt make that much money to begin with. in any event, this just regresses the pistons. stack is a decent player at worst, and still better than rip.

09-11-2002, 10:07 PM
Agreed, Detroit gets weaker, but you know Hamilton might not be all that much less a player...

Wiz get stronger and Jordan is the one person who can keep Stack in control. He was not the most popular player in Detroit and he did blow his game off during the playoffs last year...

09-11-2002, 10:14 PM
<< If Stackhouse is so good, why do the Pistons practically give him away and throw in the promising foreign center? >>

They were talking about it on the Kings station here and they were talking about the rumors that Stackhouse and Dumars didn't get along, etc. About the inability of Stackhouse being more of a team player, despite his showing of that this past season.

I think it helps clear up some space for the Pistons. Stackhouse has 2 years left and was the 2nd highest paid Piston.

Hamilton and Davis were tied for 6th highest paid Wizard and both only have 1 year left on their contracts.

Most agree that Washington got the steal in this trade. I don't care for either Stackhouse or Hamilton, but I really don't care for Hamilton for some reason.

09-11-2002, 10:52 PM
i'm totally baffled.

09-12-2002, 07:48 AM
i dont like his game,but his a very good player,anyone has to admit that,there doing it first of because i think his slowing the pistons down,his game is like iverson,give me the ball and shut up,though he passed a little more last year its still the same,maybe jordan could do more with him.
personally,rip is one of my favorite player,you got all-star potential over there,thats why there doing that,and dont ignore HD,the mas is a three point specialist,a steve kerr kind of player,the pistons arent exactly strong behond the arch,all they got is atkins and his numbers are down too,they need more three point threat which also is what rip is providing.