Eddie Jordan, Washington Sports & Entertainment Susan O'Malley, and Wizards President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld were all on hand to welcome the newest Wizard, Antawn Jamison, to Washington.
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(Photo updated June 28, 2004
Washington Wizards President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the Wizards have acquired forward Antawn Jamison and cash considerations from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for forwards Jerry Stackhouse, Christian Laettner and the draft rights to Devin Harris.
“In obtaining Antawn Jamison, we have added a player who has outstanding talent and gives us size and versatility in the frontcourt,” said Grunfeld. “We gave up some talented players, but in this league you have to give up talent to get talent.”
In his six year NBA career, the 6-9 forward is averaging 19.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Jamison averaged 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in 82 games during the 2003-04 season, and finished 3rd in the NBA in field goal percentage (.535). For his efforts, he was awarded the NBA Sixth Man Award honoring the league’s top player in a reserve role. In 17 games last season, Jamison alone outscored the opposing team’s reserves, while the Mavericks went 15-2 in those games. He led the Mavericks reserves in scoring 64 times last season while recording nine double-doubles. Jamison holds the NBA’s longest current streak of consecutive games played with 328.
Jamison was drafted in the 1st round (4th overall) by the Toronto Raptors in the 1998 NBA Draft. He was traded to Golden State where he played with current Wizards guards Gilbert Arenas and Larry Hughes. Jamison played his collegiate basketball at the University of North Carolina where he teamed up with Washington center Brendan Haywood.
Stackhouse was acquired by the Wizards through a trade with the Detroit Pistons on September 11, 2002. While in Washington, he averaged 17.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Stackhouse has career averages of 20.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
The Wizards acquired Laettner through a trade with the Dallas Mavericks on February 22, 2002. He averaged 8.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while in Washington. For his career, he has averaged 13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
An early entry candidate in the 2004 NBA Draft, Harris averaged 14.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game in three seasons at the University of Wisconsin and was named 2003-04 Big Ten Player of the Year.