After 24 hours of speculation, the first big trade of the 2003 offseason finally went down Wednesday, July 23, and it was worth waiting for: Minnesota
acquired Latrell Sprewell, Keith Van Horn went to New York
landed Glenn Robinson and Marc Jackson. Atlanta
obtained the contract of Terrell Brandon, whose knee injury could force him to retire.
Philadelphia sent the rights to forward Randy Holcomb and a future-protected first-round pick to Atlanta.
The Timberwolves add Sprewell to newcomers Sam Cassell and Michael Olowokandi in an attempt to give Kevin Garnett more support in the talent-heavy West.
"Latrell gives us a very athletic swing player, something that we have said since the end of last season that we needed," Timberwolves president Kevin McHale said. "He will give us a tremendous defensive effort every time he steps on the court. He has played in a number of big games and has not been afraid to take big shots over his career. "
Robinson, a two-time All-Star who lead the Hawks in scoring last season at 20.8 ppg, gives Philadelphia a second legitimate option behind top scorer Allen Iverson. Marc Jackson will provide needed size in the frontcourt.
"When you have a chance to get a big, big player -- as we were lacking some size -- and a consistent scorer, it was a deal we couldn't pass up," Sixers president Billy King said in a conference call.
Van Horn, who spent five years with the Nets before Philadelphia last season, gives the Knicks a a scoring presence in the frontcourt.
“We expect him to work very well within our system -- bringing a different dimension to our frontcourt as both a fine post-up and perimeter player," Knicks coach Don Chaney.
Acquiring the contract of Brandon gives the Hawks needed flexibility within the salary cap.
“Whether it’s the rest of this summer or next season, we will now have more options than we would’ve had had we not pursued this opportunity,” Atlanta GM Billy Knight said.