CHARLOTTE BOBCATS ACQUIRE RASHEED WALLACE FROM DETROIT IN EXCHANGE FOR GERALD WALLACE AND ADAM MORRISON
July 10, 2008 – The Charlotte Bobcats today acquired Rasheed Wallace from Detroit in exchange for Gerald Wallace and Adam Morrison.
Rasheed Wallace appeared in 77 games for the Pistons in 2007-2008 and averaged 15.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 30.5 minutes.
The 6-11 Wallace has appeared in 943 career NBA games (880 starts) and averaged 15.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 34.0 minutes, while shooting .474 from the field. His 13-year career has included stints with Washington, Portland, Atlanta, and Detroit.
“Rasheed brings the type of post presence, experience, and athleticism that we have been looking to add to our team,” Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins said. “It’s great to bring in a seasoned veteran who will make an immediate impact and add some experience helping our young team as we push for the playoffs.”
In Charlotte, Wallace is reunited with Head Coach Larry Brown for whom he played in Detroit for two years, including the 2003-2004 NBA Championship. Wallace was initially drafted by the Washington Bullets with the fourth overall pick of the 1995 NBA Draft. He played two seasons at the University of North Carolina leading the Tar Heels to the Final Four in 1995.
Gerald Wallace was chosen by the Bobcats in the Charlotte Expansion Selection on June 22, 2004. In four seasons, Wallace appeared in 259 games (250 starts) for Charlotte and he has averaged 16 points and 6.6 rebounds in 35.1 minutes. In 62 games in 2007-2008, Wallace averaged 19.4 points and 6.0 rebounds in 38.4 minutes. Wallace was initially drafted by Sacramento with the 25th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft and played three seasons with the Kings before being selected by Charlotte.
Morrison was drafted by the Bobcats with the third overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. Morrison appeared in 78 games (23 starts) for Charlotte as a rookie in 2006-2007. He averaged 11.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 29.8 minutes. Morrison missed all of the 2007-2008 season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in an Oct. 20 preseason game against the L.A. Lakers.
Kyle Scott Richardson, Basketball Communications Intern, (919) 623-6068, email@example.com
PLEASE NOTE THIS WAS NOT AN ACTUAL TRADE.