Tuesday , Feb , 08 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Suns nab McCarty from Celtics

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics shipped disgruntled forward
Walter McCarty to the Phoenix Suns Tuesday in an exchange for a 2005
conditional second-round draft choice.

The Suns also received an undisclosed amount of cash for McCarty, a ninth-year
veteran who had been dissatisfied with his diminishing role in Boston’s
offense. The 6-10, 230-pound McCarty was averaging 3.7 points, 1.8 rebounds
and 12.6 minutes over 44 games this season, nearly half of what he averaged
last year.

McCarty, a 35 percent career shooter from three-point range, should help
bolster a thin Phoenix bench. The Suns, who own the NBA’s second-best record
at 38-11, added veteran reserve Jim Jackson in a trade with New Orleans last
month.

“In Walter McCarty we are adding another versatile and experienced veteran
player that has developed a reputation as a great teammate,” said Suns
president and general manager Bryan Colangelo. “Walter is long and active and
should provide a real spark off the bench.”

McCarty, who had been with the Celtics since 1997, averaged 7.9 points, 3.1
rebounds and 1.6 assists in 77 games, including 23 starts, last season. The
Kentucky product owns career averages of 5.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2
assists in 529 contests.

A first-round selection by the New York Knicks in the 1996 draft, McCarty
spent his rookie season with New York before being dealt to Boston the
following year.

To replace McCarty on the Celtics roster, Boston activated forward Justin Reed
from the injured list. The rookie has appeared in just eight games this season
due to a knee problem.

BOS PHO