Jalen Rose finally a Raptor
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls on Monday dealt swingman
Jalen Rose and forwards Donyell Marshall and Lonny Baxter to the Toronto
In exchange, Chicago acquired center Antonio Davis and forwards Jerome
Williams and Chris Jefferies.
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 obtained from Indiana on February 19,
“We are excited with the new additions to our team and look forward to their
contributions both on the court and in the community,” said Glen Grunwald,
Raptors senior vice-president and general manager. “Jalen Rose has proven to
be an excellent player in this league and will provide us with some valuable
offensive tools. Donyell Marshall gives us another forward who can contribute
points and rebounds. Lonny Baxter is a young player who we believe can develop
into a consistent inside presence.”
A Michigan product, Rose 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 691 career
games, Rose has averaged 14.4 points, 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds per
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, played for the Raptors since 2000-01 and averaged 5.1 points
and 8.5 rebounds per outing in 15 games this year for Toronto. 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 had 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.
“This trade helps us address a couple of different areas, areas that we needed
to get stronger in. It not only provides us with size, but also with energy,”
said Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson.