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

Blake heads to Milwaukee; Magloire to Blazers

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired guard Steve
Blake and two other players from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for
veteran big man Jamaal Magloire.

The Bucks also picked up frontline player Brian Skinner and 7-foot-3 center Ha
Seung-Jin in the deal from Portland.

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.

Blake will see significant playing time for the Bucks at point guard following
the club’s trade of T.J. Ford to Toronto earlier in the summer.

“This trade allowed us to add depth to both our frontcourt and backcourt,”
said Milwaukee general manager Larry Harris. “In Steve Blake, we added a
talented point guard who had one of the best assist-to-turnover ratios in the
league last season. Brian (Skinner) was a solid contributor to our team two
years ago and along with Ha-Seung-Jin, will give us added size up front.”

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.

Skinner averaged 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds during the 2003-04 season with
Milwaukee, his best campaign as a pro, but 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.