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Trade frees up roster spot for Bobcats

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Bobcats traded center
Predrag Drobnjak to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday for a second round
pick in the 2005 NBA draft.

The Bobcats agreed to select Drobnjak from the Los Angeles Clippers in the expansion draft as part of the deal for the Clippers' No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft. The Bobcats used that pick to draft Emeka Okafor.

The Bobcats never had an immense interest in Drobnjak, and after
sending their 2005 second-round pick to the Clippers in July for
Melvin Ely and Eddie House, they were looking to get another draft
selection.

"This trade allows us to open up a roster spot and also gives
us a second-round pick next year that we lost last month," said
general manager Bernie Bickerstaff. "We had six players at the
power forward and center positions and this will relieve some of
the logjam and present more minutes for the guys on our roster."

Drobnjak, a 6-foot-11 forward from Serbia-Montenegro, was
drafted by Washington in the second round of the 1997 NBA draft but
remained in Yugoslavia.

He spent the first two years of his NBA career with the Seattle SuperSonics before signing with the Clippers in 2003.