Pondexter sent to Memphis

December 24, 2011

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have acquired guard Greivis Vasquez from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for forward Quincy Pondexter.

We feel this is a trade that benefits both teams. We will miss Quincy and we thank him for his efforts, professionalism and work ethic," said Hornets GM Dell Demps. "We are excited to add Greivis Vasquez to our team, organization and community. Greivis is an exciting, big guard that plays with a passion that we hope will thrill our fans at the Hive."

Vasquez (6-6, 211), who was drafted 28th overall by the Grizzlies in the 2010 NBA Draft, averaged 3.6 points and 2.2 assists in 12.3 minutes of action over 70 games (one start) for Memphis last season. In two preseason games this season, he averaged 4.5 points and 4.5 assists in 14.5 minutes of play. He is the first Venezuelan-born player ever selected in the NBA Draft and only the third Venezuelan to play in the NBA, joining Carl Herrera (1991-99) and Oscar Torres (2001-03). Vasquez was named the ACC Player of the Year and won the Bob Cousy Award as the best point guard in the nation in 2009-10 while at Maryland University. He is the only player in ACC history to record at least 2,000 points (2,171), 750 assists (772) and 600 rebounds (647) in a career.

Pondexter (6-6, 225) was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder as the 26th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft then traded to the Hornets on draft night. The University of Wahington product appeared in 66 games (6 starts) for the Hornets last season, averaging 2.8 points and 1.3 rebounds in 11.1 minutes of play. In two preseason games this season, he averaged 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in 33.0 minutes of play. Pondexter was a four-year player at Washington University, where he became the all-time career leader in games played (136) and finished third in scoring (1,786 points).

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