Magic get Milicic from Pistons
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic acquired forward/center Darko
Milicic and guard Carlos Arroyo from the Detroit Pistons, in exchange for
forward Kelvin Cato and a future first-round pick.
The deal was made official by the Magic during their 110-100 loss to the Miami
Heat on Wednesday. Cato, who was on the bench in street clothes due to injury,
was removed from the bench midway through the third quarter.
“This deal allows us the opportunity to pick up a young, big man in Darko and
a true point guard in Carlos,” said Orlando assistant GM Otis Smith.”We look
forward to their contributions to our ball club and wish Kelvin all the best.”
The seven-foot Milicic was drafted second overall in the 2003 draft and has
seen limited action in his time with the Pistons. In 25 games this season,
Milicic has scored 1.5 points per game, averaging just 5.6 minutes per game.
The Pistons selected Milicic with the lottery pick they received from Memphis
in a 1997 trade for Otis Thorpe.
“I think he needs a chance,” added Smith. “He’s a very skilled basketball
player that can shoot the ball from the elbow, top of the key area, 15-to-17
foot range. Can pass the basketball, so I think he needed a change, he needed
an opportunity to come and show what he can do. We’ll see.”
For his career, the Serbian forward/center is averaging 1.6 PPG with 1.2
rebounds per contest in 96 games (two starts).
Arroyo has appeared in 50 games with Detroit this season and is averaging 3.2
PPG with 3.1 assists per contest.
In addition, the Magic also waived forward Terence Morris.
Cato, who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury, has played in 23 games
this season for Orlando, averaging 3.8 PPG with 2.7 boards per contest. The
nine-year veteran has also spent time with Portland and Orlando and has career
averages of 5.6 PPG and 5.5 rebounds per game.