CLEVELAND, July 23 – The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Drew Gooden, Steven Hunter and Anderson Varejao from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Tony Battie and two future second-round picks, Cavaliers President and General Manager of Basketball Operations Jim Paxson announced today. The deal is contingent upon all players passing physicals.
"This trade has added quality to our frontcourt and specifically addresses our needs related to the power forward position," Paxson said. "Drew Gooden has already proven he can compete at a high level in the NBA. He is a solid addition at both ends of the floor and we are excited about the energy and effort he brings every night to the game. Anderson Varejao has a wealth of international experience, both professionally and for his national team. We're very optimistic that he can develop into a contributor as well."
Gooden, the fourth overall pick by Memphis in the 2002 NBA Draft, averaged 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds in 27.0 minutes for Orlando last season. In his two-year career, the 6-10 forward, has averages of 12.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in 149 games. In seven NBA Playoff games during the 2002-03 season, Gooden averaged 14.0 points and 12.7 rebounds. He was named AP First Team All-America following his junior season at Kansas in which he averaged 19.8 points and 11.4 rebounds and became only the second player in Kansas history (Danny Manning) to record at least 1,500 points, 900 rebounds, 100 blocks and 100 steals.
A three-year NBA veteran, Hunter has played in 145 career games. The 7-0 center was the 15th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft and has career averages of 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. In 59 games last season, Hunter averaged 3.2 points and 2.9 rebounds on .529 shooting.
Varejao, the first pick in the second round (30th overall) of this year’s NBA Draft, played in 27 regular season games for F.C. Barcelona last season where he averaged 7.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. During the 2001-02 season, the 6-10 forward dominated the Brazilian League when he averaged 17.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game and was named league MVP.