Monday , Jul , 31 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Magloire reportedly on his way to Portland

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks are in need of a point
guard and they reportedly found one Monday, acquiring Steve Blake and two
other players from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for veteran big man
Jamaal Magloire.

The Bucks would also pick up frontline player Brian Skinner and 7-foot-3
center Ha Seung-Jin in the deal with Portland, according to the Milwaukee

Magloire has one year remaining on his contract at $8.3 million after starting
all 82 games last season. He compiled 9.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game,
ranking 10th in the league in rebounding average.

The key acquisition on Milwaukee’s end is Blake, who will see significant
playing time at point guard following the club’s trade of T.J. Ford to Toronto
earlier in the summer.

Blake averaged 8.2 points and 4.5 assists in 68 games, 57 starts, for the
Blazers in 2005-06. He shared time running the offense with Jarrett Jack and
Sebastian Telfair, who was sent to Boston in June.

Milwaukee would also welcome Skinner and Ha to the fray, giving the club
frontcourt depth. Skinner averaged 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds during the
2003-04 season with Milwaukee, his best campaign as a pro.

Skinner averaged just 2.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game between Sacramento
and Portland last season.

Ha appeared in 46 games with Portland over two seasons, averaging a meager 1.5
points and 1.5 rebounds per contest.