The trade cleared the logjam in the Pistons' frontcourt while
adding depth and veteran experience to the Warriors' revamped
roster. Detroit got a swingman to replace Jon Barry, and Golden
State erased another big contract from its payroll.
"It addresses several fronts for us all by doing this one
move," Pistons president Joe Dumars said.
It's also another rebuilding move by the Warriors, who still
aren't done trimming their payroll and changing their roster. They
have just five players left from last season's team, which won 38
games and showed the greatest promise in a decade from a franchise
that has missed the playoffs for nine straight seasons.
Robinson, a 14-year NBA veteran known as one of the league's top
defensive forwards, averaged 9.3 points, 2.9 assists and 2.7
rebounds last season as a starter for the Pistons, who made the
Eastern Conference finals. He is joining his fourth team, following
stints in Portland and Phoenix. He has two years and $10 million remaining on his contract.
"He can really help our young guys on the floor and during
practice," Golden State general manager Garry St. Jean said.
"He's obviously one of the better defensive forwards that have
played in the league for a long time."
Robinson has been in the playoffs every season of his career,
but he has historically struggled in the postseason -- and his
dismal performance during Detroit's run to the conference finals
was no exception.
That's probably a moot point with the Warriors, who have made
several major changes to their once-promising roster -- largely to
give them more flexibility with a payroll burdened by several
long-term contracts. The moves were set in motion when Gilbert
Arenas signed with Washington as a free agent last month for more
than the cap-strapped Warriors could pay.
"We've lost some people that we have a wealth of respect for,"
St. Jean said. "But we think we've brought in some quality players
to go with some other guys and give us a chance to be very
competitive this year."
On Monday, the Warriors traded leading scorer Antawn Jamison,
disgruntled forward Danny Fortson, Chris Mills and Jiri Welsch to
the Dallas Mavericks for guard Nick Van Exel and four others.
Earlier, sparkplug guard Earl Boykins signed with Denver.
Sura averaged 7.3 points, 3.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds for the
Warriors last season as a backup at shooting guard and small
forward. His versatility and tenacious perimeter defense attracted
Detroit -- and so did his contract, which is worth $6.16 million
this season, but expires next summer.
Barry signed with Denver earlier in the week. New acquisition
Elden Campbell, first-round draft pick Darko Milicic and veterans
Ben Wallace, Zeljko Rebraca and Mehmet Okur constitute a deep
"We have somebody who, in terms of how he plays, is almost a
Jon Barry clone," Dumars said of Sura. "It's just trying to do
little things that help your team get over the hump. That's what
all of this is: to get Sura, to get Campbell and to get Darko. All
of this is in hopes of taking that one more step."
Sanchez, a native of Argentina who played at Temple, appeared in
just nine games for the Pistons last season. He could find it tough
to make the Warriors' roster with competition from Van Exel, free
agent signee Speedy Claxton, second-round draft pick Derrick
Zimmerman and veteran Avery Johnson.
"I guess I'll be the third point guard, but I don't know,"
Sanchez said at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico,
where he learned of the trade from reporters. "In the NBA I know
I'm a commodity and can be traded at any time. We'll see what
happens if I'll play in Golden State or where."
At least one of Golden State's new acquisitions might not be
happy with his new career path: St. Jean said he hasn't spoken with
Van Exel since the trade.
"We're just kind of giving some space here," St. Jean said.
"It's hard when you get traded from a team with that caliber.
There's plenty of time to converse. I just want to respect their