Mavs Aquire Antoine Walker and Tony Delk from Boston
DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks announced today they have acquired three-time NBA All-Star Antoine Walker and Tony Delk from Boston in exchange for Raef LaFrentz, Jiri Welsch, Chris Mills and the Mavericks first round selection in the 2004 NBA Draft.
“We are going to miss Raef,” Nelson added. “The Celtics are getting a terrific player in Raef as he can play the four or the five spot. He is in the best shape of his career and has been one of my best players in the preseason. He is going to have a great year for Boston. The Celtics are also getting a terrific young talent in Jiri Welsch.”
Walker has spent his entire seven-year career with Boston and has averaged 20.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 528 career games (39.4 minutes per game). He has also appeared in 26 career playoff games and has averaged 20.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in those games.
Last year he averaged 20.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 78 games (all starts) and 41.5 minutes per game. He led the team in scoring 25 times, in rebounding 29 times and in assists 35 times. He scored 20 or more points 38 times and 30 or more points 10 times. He ranked tied for fourth in the league in minutes played (3,235) and led the league in 3-point attempts with 582.
LaFrentz has played the last year and a half with the Mavericks after coming to Dallas in a trade with Denver on Feb. 21, 2002. In 96 career games with the Mavericks he averaged 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.57 blocks per game.
Welsch and Mills were acquired in a nine-player trade from Golden State on August 18, 2003. Welsch averaged 11.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in five preseason games for Dallas this month. Mills did not appear in a preseason game for the Mavericks.