Suns Acquire Hardaway
THE PHOENIX SUNS' active offseason continued today with the acquisition three-time All-NBA guard Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway in a trade with the Orlando Magic for Danny Manning, Pat Garrity and two future conditional first-round draft picks.
"I want to thank Danny Manning for the major contribution he made to this franchise. He came here and suffered through some major injuries, yet persevered and showed what kind of a class individual he is," Suns President and CEO Jerry Colangelo said. "We're going to miss Danny as a person and we hope he makes Phoenix his home and we wish him well. As for Pat Garrity, he's a good young player. He showed in his minutes that he can play in this league for a long time and he's a quality young man and we certainly wish him well.
Named to the first team All-NBA in 1995 and 1996 and third team in 1997, Hardaway has averaged 19.0 points, 6.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds in his six-year career. In 45 career playoff games he averaged 21.8 points, 6.5 assists and 4.6 rebounds. He helped the Magic advance to the 1995 NBA Finals against Houston, and averaged 25.5 points against the Rockets in the championship series.
Hardaway, voted by the fans as a starter the last four All-Star Games, has scored in double figures in 323 of his 369 (88%) career games, and averaged better than 20 points per game from 1994-97. Defensively, he ranked sixth in the NBA in steals three times (1999, 1996, 1994) and Hardaway set the Orlando record with 190 steals in his rookie season.
Along with Suns point guard Jason Kidd, Hardaway was the only NBA player in 1998-99 to average 15.0 points (15.8), 5.0 rebounds (5.7), 5.0 assists (5.3) and 2.0 steals (2.22). In helping Orlando to a tie for the Atlantic Division title, he scored 20-plus points 16 times and the Magic were 12-4 in those games.
Hardaway has also represented the United States as a member of the 1996 Olympic gold medal team in Atlanta and the Developmental team that helped prepare the original Dream Team for the 1992 Olympics.
As a rookie, Hardaway was six votes shy of Chris Webber for Rookie of the Year in the closest voting since 1981. He was a member of the All-Rookie Team, earned Rookie of the Month honors twice and earned MVP honors in the Rookie All-Star Game in Minneapolis.
Hardaway was originally drafted by Golden State with the third overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft and immediately traded to Orlando with three first-round draft picks in exchange for Chris Webber.
Manning is an 11-year NBA veteran who spent the last five seasons in Phoenix. The only professional athlete to return after three ACL knee surgeries, he averaged 16.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists over his career and 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists with the Suns. Manning won the 1997-98 NBA Sixth Man of the Year award, the second player in franchise history to earn the honor. He has a career field goal percentage of .516 and ranked in the top 10 in the NBA in field goal percentage three times. A two-time All-Star with the L.A. Clippers, Manning was the first overall pick by the Clippers in the 1988 NBA Draft .
Garrity completed a successful rookie season with the Suns, playing in 39 games with nine starts. In those starts, he averaged 13.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and shot .592 (45-76) from the field, up from his season averages of 5.6 points and 1.9 rebounds.