Charlotte trades for picks from Cavs, Bucks

Updated: June 23, 2004, 4:48 PM ET
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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers completed their trade with Charlotte on Wednesday, acquiring forward Sasha Pavlovic for a future first-round draft pick.

In a separate trade, the Bobcats acquired the 45th overall pick in this year's draft from Milwaukee, sending power forward Zaza Pachulia to the Bucks on Wednesday.

"Today's moves are another positive step for our franchise and this allows us to maintain flexibility as we construct our team," Bobcats general manager ahdn head coach Bernie Bickerstaff said in the statement. "We traded a second-round pick to the Clippers on Monday and this allows us to gain back a second-round pick. The future pick we get will help us add another young and talented player."

Both Pavlovic and Pachulia were selected in Tuesday night's expansion draft by the Bobcats. Pavlovic was left unprotected by the Utah Jazz, Pachulia by the Orlando Magic.

The 20-year-old, who averaged 4.8 points as a rookie last season, will help the Cavaliers offset the loss of Jason Kapono, their best outside shooter who was also picked by Charlotte.

"We look at Sasha as a low-risk, high-reward addition to our team," Cavs general manager Jim Paxson said. "He has already proven he can play at the NBA level and, at only 20 years old, he could potentially develop into a very good player."

Pavlovic was taken with the No. 19 overall pick last season by Utah.

To get the 6-foot-7 forward, the Cavs gave up the first-round pick they got in the 2002 trade that sent forward Lamond Murray to Toronto.

The Bucks do not have a first-round choice Thursday because they traded it for Anthony Mason in 2001.

Pachulia, 6-foot-11, was selected by Orlando as the 42nd pick in the 2003 draft, then chosen by the Bobcats in the expansion draft Tuesday. He averaged 3.3 points and 2.9 rebounds last season for Orlando.

"One of the areas we wanted to address this offseason was adding depth to our frontcourt positions," Bucks general manager Larry Harris said. "We feel the addition of Zaza Pachulia helps us in that pursuit.

"He's a young player at 20, but has already played five years of professional basketball between the NBA and internationally. We've tracked his progress over the years and like his size and toughness. We look forward to having him in Milwaukee."

Pachulia began playing in at the top level of Turkey's professional basketball league at 15.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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