Nets Acquire Rafer Alston, Tony Battie and Courtney Lee from Orlando
--Trade Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson to Magic--
June 25, 2009
East Rutherford, N.J.—The New Jersey Nets have acquired guards Rafer Alston and Courtney Lee, along with forward/center Tony Battie from Orlando in exchange for Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson, Nets President Rod Thorn announced today. In addition to the three new players, the Nets have also acquired two trade exceptions.
“The trade we made today provides our franchise with numerous options in the long-term development of our team,” said Thorn. “We believe that in Courtney Lee, we have acquired a young, dynamic player who will be a very good player in this league for a number of years. Rafer Alston has proven to be a quality player in this league for a number of years, and Tony Battie will provide a strong veteran presence off the bench.
On behalf of Nets ownership and management, I want to wish Vince only the best as he moves on to the next phase of his NBA career. He was a true professional in his time with us, and we thank him for his efforts both on and off the court. Ryan worked extremely hard during his rookie season, and we thank him for his contributions last season and wish him well with his new team.”
Alston, a 10-year NBA veteran, holds career averages of 10.3 ppg and 4.9 apg in 619 career games, while playing for five different teams (Milwaukee, Toronto, Miami, Houston, Orlando). The Queens, NY native split the 2008-09 season with Houston and Orlando, playing in a total of 77 contests and posting averages of 11.7 ppg and 5.3 apg. Alston has played in the playoffs in six NBA seasons, averaging 9.0 ppg and 3.1 apg in 56 playoff contests. This past season, Alston helped the Magic reach the NBA Finals, starting in 23 playoff contests, averaging 12.2 ppg and 4.1 apg.
Lee, drafted 22nd overall by the Magic in the 2008 NBA Draft, averaged 8.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.2 apg in 77 games (42 starts) as a rookie. The Western Kentucky product played in 21 playoff contests, making 16 starts, during Orlando’s run to the NBA Finals, averaging 8.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1.3 apg.
Battie, an 11-year NBA veteran, holds career averages of 6.5 ppg and 5.4 rpg in 757 NBA games, while playing for Denver, Boston, Cleveland and Orlando. The 6’11” forward/center played in 77 games during the 2008-09 season, posting averages of 4.8 ppg and 3.6 rpg. He appeared in 21 postseason contests last season, averaging 2.1 ppg and 1.0 rpg. Over the course of his career, Battie has played in 51 playoff contests, posting career playoff averages of 4.4 ppg and 4.0 rpg.
Carter, acquired by the Nets during the 2004-05 season, played a total of 374 games with New Jersey, averaging 23.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 4.7 apg, and leaves as the second all-time leading scorer in franchise history (8,834 points). Carter also ends his Nets career ranked 2nd in FGM (3,126) and FGA (6,987), 3rd in 3-point FGM (638), 3-point FGA (1,723) and FTM (1,944), and 4th in FTA (2,404) and assists (1,762). Helping the Nets reach the playoffs in three seasons, Carter played in a total of 27 playoff games with New Jersey, averaging 26.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg and 5.4 apg. During the 2008-09 season, Carter averaged 20.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 4.7 apg in 80 games.
Anderson, selected 21st overall in the 2008 NBA Draft, played in 66 games as a rookie, making 30 starts. The 6-10 forward averaged 7.4 ppg and 4.7 rpg, while shooting .393 (160-407) from the field, .365 (69-189) from downtown (10th among rookies) and .845 (98-116) from the line.