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Pistons trade guard Acker to Clippers

Posted Feb 16 2009 5:50PM

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons traded Alex Acker to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, creating salary-cap space for moves the next two offseasons.

Detroit dealt the seldom-used guard and its second-round pick in 2011 for a conditional second-round selection in 2013 from the Clippers. Los Angeles also waived center Cheikh Samb.

The Pistons will have about $23 million in salary-cap space, giving them a lot of money to retool their team during the next two years after slipping from an Eastern Conference power to a middle-of-the pack team.

The 6-foot-5 Acker played in just seven games for the Pistons this season, averaging 1.3 points. Detroit drafted him 60th overall in 2005 and he played in five games as a rookie, then went overseas before returning as a free agent.

Samb was acquired by the Clippers in a Jan. 5 trade with Denver. He played in 10 games, averaging 1.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.4 minutes.

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