Raptors swap Villanueva for Ford
Toronto, Ontario (Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors acquired point guard
T.J. Ford and an undisclosed amount of cash from the Milwaukee Bucks for
forward Charlie Villanueva on Friday.
“We are sorry to see Charlie leave, but getting better comes at a cost,” said
Toronto president and general manager Bryan Colangelo. “T.J. Fords best
attributes, quickness and playmaking, are a perfect fit for our team.”
Ford, the eighth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, averaged 12.2 points and
a team-best 6.6 assists last season in 72 games with Milwaukee. The 6-foot,
165-pound guard also averaged 12.6 points and 6.4 assists in the Bucks’ five
postseason games last year.
In his rookie year of 2003-04, Ford tallied 7.1 points per game and 6.5
assists in 55 outings. He paced the Bucks in assists and was named to the All-
NBA Rookie Second Team.
Ford missed the final 26 games of the 2003-04 season and the entire 2004-05
campaign due to neck surgery.
Villanueva was the first of two Raptors first-round draft picks in 2005 and
the seventh overall selection. He averaged 13.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 81
games and set Raptors rookie records for points (48) and rebounds (18) in a
game. The former Connecticut star was rewarded by being selected to the NBA’s
All-Rookie First Team.