Friday , Jul , 23 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Cavs replace Boozer with Gooden

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired forward Drew
Gooden from the Orlando Magic for forward Tony Battie and a pair of second-
round picks.

The Cavs, looking to fill the void created by the imminent departure of Carlos
Boozer, also acquired rookie forward Anderson Varejao and seven-footer Steven
Hunter from Orlando.

Boozer signed a lucrative offer sheet with the Jazz after reneging on a verbal
agreement to re-sign with Cleveland, which has no intentions to match.

Gooden averaged 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Magic last season. A
fourth overall selection in the 2002 NBA Draft by Memphis, Gooden was shipped
to Orlando during his rookie campaign.

“This trade has added quality to our frontcourt and specifically addresses
our needs related to the power forward position,” Cavs GM Jim Paxson said.
“Drew Gooden has already proven he can compete at a high level in the NBA. He
is a solid addition at both ends of the floor and we are excited about the
energy and effort he brings every night to the game.”

The 27-year-old Battie was dealt from Boston to Cleveland in midseason, and
averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 boards in 50 games for the Cavs.

Varejao was selected by Orlando with the first pick of the second round in
last month’s draft. A member of the Brazilian national team, the 6-foot-10
Varejao played overseas last year for F.C. Barcelona.

Hunter, 22, was drafted in the first round by Orlando in 2001 after two
seasons with DePaul. He blocked 73 shots in 69 games last season, seeing
limited minutes off the bench.

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