Jalen Rose closer to being dealt to Raptors
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors are
reportedly closer to a trade that would send swingman Jalen Rose and forwards
Donyell Marshall and Lonny Baxter to Toronto.
In exchange, Chicago would acquire forward Jerome Williams center Antonio
Davis and guard Chris Jefferies.
According to a published report on ESPN.com, the deal is expected to be
finalized on Monday.
Rose, who is in his 10th NBA season, is averaging 13.3 points, 4.0 rebounds
and 3.5 assists per game this year. The 30-year-old Rose has been in Chicago
since the 2001-02 season when he was traded from Indiana on February 19, 2002.
The Michigan product was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the first round
(13th pick overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft before he was traded to Indiana
where he was with the Pacers for five-plus seasons. In 687 career games, Rose
has averaged 14.4 points, 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds per contest.
Rose was reportedly ticked off earlier this season by being labeled as a
scapegoat for early season losses, and was pulled out of the starting lineup
of a November 8 game against New Orleans by former head coach Bill
Marshall, who is in his 10th professional season, is averaging 8.7 points and
6.2 rebounds this season for Chicago. The Connecticut product is playing for
his fourth team as he also had stints with Minnesota, Golden State and Utah.
The 24-year-old Baxter, who is in his second NBA season, has posted career
averages of 4.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 69 games.
Williams, 30, has played with the Raptors since 2000-01 and is averaging 5.1
points and 8.5 rebounds per outing in 15 games this year. The eight-year
veteran began his career in Detroit after being chosen with the 26th overall
pick in the 1996 draft.
The 35-year-old Davis was first drafted by Indiana in 1990, but did not play
until the 1993-94 campaign. Davis spent six years with the Pacers before he
was shipped to Toronto, where he has been since 1999-2000. For his career,
Davis has posted 10.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
Jefferies, 23, is averaging 4.0 points this season. In his second season out
of Fresno State, Jefferies has career totals of 3.9 points and 1.1 rebounds.