The Golden State Warriors have traded forward Clifford Robinson to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for two future second round draft picks (2005 & 2007) and a trade exception from New Jersey equal to the amount of Robinson’s salary, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin announced today.
“First and foremost, we'd like to thank Clifford Robinson for his contributions to the Warriors, ” said Mullin. “He's a professional and a great competitor who served this team well for the last two seasons. Additionally, from our standpoint, this trade will provide us with not only two additional draft picks, but also the flexibility that comes with a large trade exception that can be utilized at any point over the next year. ”
Robinson, 38, has appeared in 42 games this season (29 starts), averaging 8.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.05 steals in 26.0 minutes per contest. He tallied a season-high 25 points at Dallas on December 14 and scored in double-figures 19 times, while topping the 20-point plateau twice. He has missed nine games this season, four due to injury and five due to an NBA suspension, giving him a career total of 28 games missed out of 1,249 regular-season team games played during his 16-year NBA career.
Originally acquired by Golden State from Detroit on August 21, 2003, Robinson was the only Warriors player to appear in all 82 games in 2003-04, starting every contest and averaging 11.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Robinson spent the first eight years of his career in Portland, before spending three seasons in Phoenix, two in Detroit and the past one-plus season with the Warriors.