Sixers Complete Four Player Trade with Milwaukee - 2/18/2010
Philadelphia, Pa. - February 18, 2010 – Philadelphia 76ers President and General Manager Ed Stefanski announced today that the team has acquired guard Jodie Meeks and center Francisco Elson via trade from Milwaukee in exchange for center Primoz Brezec, guard Royal Ivey and a second-round draft pick in 2010. Per team policy, no further terms of the deal are disclosed.
"Jodie Meeks is a player that we targeted during the 2009 NBA Draft and believe that he has the talent to be successful in this league for many years," Stefanski said. "Both Meeks and Elson are welcome additions to our team."
Meeks (6-4, 208) is in his rookie season after being selected with the 41st overall pick by Milwaukee in the 2009 NBA Draft following a standout collegiate career at Kentucky. In 41 games off the bench for the Bucks, Meeks averaged 4.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game. He scored a career-high 21 points at Portland on January 13th and knocked down five 3-pointers in a game against New York back on November 7th.
At the 2009 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Meeks averaged a team-high 19.0 points per game for Milwaukee while shooting 55.7% from the floor, 53.3% from 3-point range and 81.8% from the line.
Meeks played three seasons at Kentucky and holds the Wildcats all-time record for 3-pointers made (117) in a single season. As a junior, he led the SEC in scoring (23.7 ppg) and ranked sixth nationally. Meeks became the first player in league history to earn four SEC Player of the Week honors in a season and recorded the nation's top three scoring efforts in regulation games (54, 46 and 45 points).
Elson (7-0, 240) is in his seventh NBA season and has appeared in 404 games with 148 starts, averaging 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game. On January 29th, Elson had a successful surgery to repair a hernia.
A native of the Netherlands, Elson has played for four teams (Denver, San Antonio, Seattle and Milwaukee). In 2006-07, he appeared in 70 games with 41 starts for the Spurs who went on to win the NBA Championship.
Elson was the 41st overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Nuggets. He played two seasons at Kilgore Junior College before completing his college career at California. As a senior, he helped Cal to the NIT Championship.
Ivey (6-4, 215) originally signed as a free agent with the Sixers following a season with the Bucks in 2007-08. In 26 games off the bench this season, the sixth-year veteran averaged 2.7 points in 9.1 minutes per game. Ivey is currently shooting career-highs from the floor (47.3% FGs), 3-point range (50.0% 3FGs) and the foul line (85.7% FTs) this season.
Brezec (7-1, 255) signed as free agent with Philadelphia this past summer and appeared in seven games this season. The seven-year veteran was a member of the Charlotte Bobcats during their inaugural season in 2004-05 in which he averaged career-highs of 13.0 points and 7.3 rebounds.