NETS Acquire Vujacic & Two 1st-Round Picks in 3-Team Trade

Nets Basketball - Press Release

Send Joe Smith to Lakers and Terrence Williams to Houston

December 15, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—The New Jersey Nets have obtained guard Sasha Vujacic and a 2011 first round draft pick from the
Los Angeles Lakers (protected 1-18), along with the Houston Rockets’ first round selection in 2012 (lottery protected), Nets General Manager Billy King announced today.  As part of the three-team trade, the Lakers acquired forward Joe Smith and two second-round draft picks from the Nets (Golden St.-2011 & Chicago-2012) along with the draft rights to Sergei Lishchuk from the Rockets, while the Rockets acquired guard Terrence Williams from New Jersey.

“This trade benefits our team in both the short and long term,” said King. “Sasha is a veteran NBA player who will add depth to our backcourt rotation, while the addition of the two future number one picks adds to our assets as we look to rebuild into a championship contender.”

Vujacic, currently in his seventh NBA season, holds career averages of 4.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 420 games with the Lakers.  He has shot .393 (694-1,767) from the field, .372 (363-977) from behind the arc and .876 (282-322) from the free throw line.  The 6’7” guard out of Maribor, Slovenia was the first round pick (27th overall) of the Lakers in the 2004 NBA Draft.  The two-time NBA champion, has appeared in 11 games with Los Angeles this season, averaging 1.8 points in 4.9 minutes per contest.  In 65 career postseason games, he has averaged 5.0 points in 14.7 minutes of action.  His best season came in 2007-08 when he posted career-highs of 8.8 points and 2.1 rebounds while setting the then Lakers single season three-point shooting record at .437 (118-270).  Before entering the NBA Draft, Vujacic played three seasons (2001-04) for Snaidero Udine in Italy’s top professional league. 

Williams was selected 11th overall by New Jersey in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft.  The Louisville product appeared in 88 career games for the Nets, averaging 8.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 2.9 apg.  This season, Williams has played in 10 contests, with averages of 6.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 3.1 apg.

Smith, currently in his 16th NBA season, signed with the Nets as a free agent on September 10, 2010.  The former Number 1 pick out of the University of Maryland holds career averages of 11.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 1,018 games with 11 NBA teams. This season, Smith has played in four games for the Nets, totaling two points and three rebounds in 25 minutes.


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