Knicks acquire Rose from Raptors
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – The New York Knicks traded center Antonio Davis
to the Toronto Raptors on Friday in exchange for forward Jalen Rose and a 2006
first-round draft choice.
Rose, who has one more year left on his contract for a reported $16.9 million,
appeared in 46 games this season with Toronto, averaging 12.1 points and 2.8
“Jalen is exactly what we need here,” said Knicks head coach Larry Brown, who
coached Rose in Indiana. “The kids can benefit from his backcourt play. I know
what he can do. I think it’s a no-brainer that he can help.”
In his 12th NBA season, Rose has averaged 14.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.0
assists for the Raptors, Denver Nuggets, Indiana and Chicago Bulls.
Davis has played in just 36 games this season, averaging 5.0 points and 4.8
rebounds per game. He has appeared in just one game since returning from his
five-game league imposed suspension for going into the crowd in Chicago to aid
his wife who was involved in an altercation with a fan.
Davis, who played for the Raptors for four-plus seasons starting in 1999, is
in his 13th NBA season. He has averaged 10.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per
contest while also playing for the Pacers and Bulls.
Davis’ current contract expires at the end of this season.
“As part of our strategic plan, one of the top priorities to move this
franchise forward has to be to get under the salary cap,” said Toronto interim
general manager Wayne Embry. “I’ve never seen a team rebuild itself without
starting from that point. This trade presents the opportunity for us to
acquire $10 million in cap room.”
The draft pick New York receives belonged to Denver. Toronto acquired it in an
earlier trade that sent Vince Carter out of town.
Ironically, the Knicks and Raptors played each other on Friday night with
Toronto coming away with a 104-90 decision. Rose and Davis were on the
inactive list and not available to play. Rose, though, was on the Knicks’