Thursday , Jan , 11 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Nuggets ship Boykins to Milwaukee

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – The Denver Nuggets dealt guard Earl Boykins to
the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.

Forward Julius Hodge and cash considerations were also part of the deal in
exchange for guard Steve Blake.

The move was made by Denver to keep the team from having to pay the luxury tax
at the end of the season and to avoid an overabundance of guards. Boykins
would have had reduced playing time in a Denver backcourt that saw the
acquisition of Allen Iverson in December and will see the return of Carmelo
Anthony from his 15-game suspension later this month.

The addition of Boykins will be a lift to the Bucks, who have lost Michael
Redd (knee) and Mo Williams (shoulder) to injuries in the past week. Redd is
expected to miss at least a month, with Williams sidelined two to three weeks.

“Given our current situation, we were able to make a deal to help us solidify
our roster, both in the short-term and long-term,” Bucks general manager Larry
Harris said. “Earl gives us added firepower and depth at the guard position.
Julius is a young player continuing his development, but shows a high skill at
both the two and three positions.”

On the season, Boykins is averaging 15.2 points and 4.3 assists per game in 31
contests thus far.

Hodge, who has only appeared in four games and averages just nine minutes a
game, is averaging 1.5 points a game.

Blake has appeared in 33 games this season and is averaging 3.6 points in 17.6
minutes per game.