Pacers trade Johnson for 3 Mavs players

Updated: July 24, 2006, 4:53 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- A trade was completed Monday sending point guard Anthony Johnson to the Dallas Mavericks and veteran floor leader Darrell Armstrong and two young players to the Indiana Pacers.

Armstrong's agent, Glenn Schwartzman, announced the sign-and-trade deal Sunday. The swap, which also included forward Josh Powell and swingman Rawle Marshall, couldn't be completed until the NBA office opened Monday.

The 38-year-old Armstrong is a 12-year veteran with career averages of 10.1 points and 4.4 assists. He spent most of his career with Orlando before brief stints in New Orleans and Dallas.

Armstrong played much of last season with a torn rotator cuff. His biggest contribution, though, was as a locker room leader. Among the players he mentored was Marquis Daniels, who was traded by Dallas to Indiana for Austin Croshere earlier this month.

"Darrell Armstrong is a good fit, a solid professional, a great guy in the locker room and someone who brings a lot of energy to a team," said Larry Bird, Indiana's president of basketball operations.

Johnson gives the Mavericks a pass-first point guard to complement starters Jason Terry and Devin Harris, both of whom are more scorers than distributors. Johnson also is taller than Armstrong and a strong defender with solid playoff experience.

The 31-year-old Johnson averaged 20 points and 5.2 assists in six playoff games last season. He'll make around $2.6 million this season and $2.8 million the following year.

Johnson had been a backup for most of his career, but started 89 regular-season games the past two years while the Pacers fought through injuries and suspensions. He scored 40 points in his last game with Indiana, a loss to New Jersey in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Powell and Marshall are both coming off their first NBA season.

Powell played 37 games, starting twice, and saw mop-up duty in six playoff games. Marshall played 23 games, starting nine, but was left off the postseason roster.


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