Tuesday , Jun , 22 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Gerald Wallace, Fizer headline expansion draft

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – The Charlotte Bobcats Tuesday selected 19
players in the NBA Expansion Draft, including forwards Gerald Wallace and
Marcus Fizer.

Wallace, who had spent his first three seasons with Sacramento, has averaged
3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds in his career. The 6-7 Alabama product has only
started nine games in his short career, but should see plenty of playing time
with Charlotte.

Fizer, who was drafted by Chicago with the fourth overall pick in the 2000 NBA
Draft, has been slowed by injuries throughout his career. During his four
years with the Bulls, he has posted 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per outing.

The Bobcats also selected forwards Lonny Baxter from Washington and the
Suns Jahidi White; forward Jason Kapono from the Cavaliers and center
Loren Woods from Miami.

Baxter has produced 4.4 points while White has totaled 6.0 points per game in
his career. Kapono scored 3.5 points per contest in his rookie season while
Woods netted 3.2 points and grabbed 3.5 rebounds with Miami last year.

Other players chosen by Charlotte were guard J.R. Bremer from Golden State;
center Primoz Brezec from the Pacers; Hornets guard Maurice Carter; Portland
forward Desmond Ferguson; guard Richie Frahm from Seattle; Celtics forward
Brandon Hunter; forward Zaza Pachulia from the Magic; Utah forward Aleksandar
Pavlovic; Lakers forward Jamal Sampson; New Jersey forward Tamar Slay; forward
Theron Smith from the Timberwolves and Nuggets guard Jeff Trepagnier.

On Monday, the Bobcats made their first big personnel move as they traded up
two spots with the Los Angeles Clippers to the second overall pick in
Thursday’s NBA Draft. Charlotte, which was originally slated to pick fourth in
its first-ever draft, dealt that selection in addition to its second-round
pick, 33rd overall, to obtain the No. 2 pick from the Clippers.

The Bobcats also agreed to select Predrag Drobnjak in the expansion draft from
the Clippers, who were looking to unload the 6-11 center’s contract.

Drobnjak averaged 6.3 points and 3.2 rebounds in 61 games last season.

The number one pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft belongs to the Orlando Magic, who
are rumored to be looking at Connecticut’s Emeka Okafor or high school phenom
Dwight Howard.