Friday , Oct , 13 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Cavaliers swap Jackson, cash for Celtics’ Jones

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired center
Dwayne Jones from the Boston Celtics on Friday in exchange for guard/forward
Luke Jackson and cash considerations.

The Cavaliers also received a trade exception as part of the swap.

The 6-foot-11, 251-pound Jones played in only 14 games with Boston last season
and averaged just one point and 2.2 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per game. He also
played 26 games with Florida in the D-League, where he led the league in
rebounds per game (11.7). The 23-year-old also ranked second in blocks (2.04).

“We think Dwayne will be a good fit with us,” said Cavs general manager Danny
Ferry. “He has the potential to be a quality rebounder, defender and shot
blocker in the NBA. We look forward to having him with us and helping him
further develop as an NBA player.”

Jones was part of the deal last season that saw the Celtics acquire forward
Wally Szczerbiak from Minnesota.

In Jackson, the Celtics are getting a former first-round pick. The Oregon
product was selected 10th overall in the 2004 draft and averaged 2.7 points
and 1.1 rebounds in 36 games last season.

“Luke has worked his tail off to return from injuries and we wish him the best
as he takes the next step of his career,” added Ferry. “As we looked at our
current roster situation, we felt that this trade would better balance our
roster and hopefully also put Luke in a better situation to succeed.”

Jackson averaged 8.8 minutes per game and missed 32 contests last year because
of a broken left wrist.