Cavs acquire Welsch from Celtics
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired guard Jiri
Welsch from the Boston Celtics Thursday in exchange for a 2007 first-round
draft pick, provided that it is not a top-10 selection.
To complete the deal, Cleveland’s first round pick in 2005, which is owed to
Charlotte (via Phoenix), is now an unprotected pick, which was previously
“We’ve been interested in Jiri for some time now and we felt it was the right
time to get him here,” said Cleveland general manager Jim Paxson. “He is an
aggressive, complete player that can impact offense and defense, so we look
forward to his involvement on both ends of the court. Jiri has the talent
needed to make a difference for us this season and we look forward to seeing
him excel as a Cavalier.”
Cleveland needed an outside shooter alongside star LeBron James as well as a
three-point threat. Welsch, 25, has buried 32 of his 99 shots from beyond the
arc this season.
Welsch, the 16th overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft, is averaging 7.5 points,
2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 55 games (32 starts) this season.
The 6-foot-7 native of Pardubice, Czechoslovakia is expected to be in uniform
versus the Indiana Pacers on Friday. Welsch has also spent time with the
Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks.
In a related move, the Cavaliers waived forward James Thomas, who was signed
to a 10-day contract on February 22.