Thursday, January 18, 2007

Sarunas Jasikevicius Traded to Golden State

Yesterday, Sarunas Jasikevicius (1994-98) was traded in an eight-player deal from Indiana to the Golden State Warriors. The Contra Costa Times says:
Head basketball honcho Chris Mullin, who was under pressure to provide a boost to the Warriors offense, upgraded the roster for Nelson, shipping forwards Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy and Ike Diogu -- all players who failed to flourish under Nelson -- and guard Keith McLeod to the Indiana Pacers for forward Al Harrington, swingman Stephen Jackson, point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius and forward Josh Powell. [...]

Jasikevicius: He's not a headliner in this deal, but he may turn out to be a vital addition. Jasikevicius fills two of the Warriors' needs -- a steady backup for point guard Baron Davis and a consistent outside shooter.

The Warriors' press release says:

Jasikevicius, 30, has appeared in 37 games this season with the Pacers, averaging 7.4 points and 3.0 assists in 17.9 minutes. He scored a season-high 20 points on opening night (November 1) at Charlotte and has handed out a season-best seven assists on two occasions, including his last appearance with the Pacers on Monday at New Jersey. During his rookie NBA campaign with the Pacers last season, the 6'4" guard averaged 7.3 points and 3.0 assists in 35 games. He established a Pacers' rookie record in three-point field goals made (86) last season and was a member of the rookie squad during the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge during All-Star Weekend in Houston. Additionally, his free throw percentage (.910, 121-of-133) would have ranked third overall in the NBA, but he fell four free throws made shy of qualifying for league leaders. Jasikevicius, who signed with the Pacers as a free agent prior to last season after spending the previous seven years playing professionally overseas, also appeared as a starter in 15 games with Indiana last season, averaging 8.7 points and 4.3 assists. A native of Lithuania, he was a member of the bronze medal winning Lithuanian team at the 2000 Olympics.

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