Warriors get two draft picks in deal

Updated: February 15, 2005, 12:17 AM ET
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets strengthened their front line Monday, acquiring forward Clifford Robinson from the Golden State Warriors for two second-round draft picks.

The deal was first reported by ESPN.com's Marc Stein.

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"Clifford is a veteran big man whose overall presence will provide depth to our front court," Nets president Rod Thorn said.

Robinson has averaged 15.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 16 NBA seasons. This season, he averaged 8.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in 42 games with Golden State, including 29 starts. Robinson was suspended for five games earlier this month for violating the NBA's drug policy.

The Warriors will get the Clippers' second-round draft pick this season, which the Nets acquired in the trade that sent Kerry Kittles to Los Angeles. Golden State also will get the Nets' 2007 second-round pick and a trade exception equal to Robinson's salary ($5.3 million).

"From our standpoint, this trade will provide us with not only two additional draft picks, but also the flexibility that comes with a large trade exception that can be utilized at any point over the next year," said Chris Mullin' Golden State's executive vice president of basketball operations.

There could be more trades on the horizon for Golden State.

"We're going to be actively talking to teams at the All-Star break and then the next week, the phones will be ringing," Warriors general manager Rod Higgins said in a conference call.

Center Dale Davis, a friend of Mullin after they played three seasons together in Indiana, has said he'd like to be dealt by the Feb. 24 deadline because he isn't playing much.

"Of course my situation hasn't been the best here and you always want to keep your options open," he said last month. "I'm definitely ready to pursue what makes sense. If I'm really not going to be used here, it's more than likely I'll be moved."

To make room for Robinson, the Nets released forward Donnell Harvey, who recently signed his second 10-day contract. He averaged 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in three games.

While the addition of Vince Carter has helped the Nets, they have been playing two centers, rookie Nenad Krstic and Jason Collins. The 6-foot-10 Robinson should give New Jersey a more athletic power forward.

Originally drafted by Portland in the second round in 1989, Robinson has played with Phoenix, Detroit and Golden State. He was the NBA Sixth Man in 1992-93 and was named to the NBA all-defensive second team in 1999-00 and 2001-02. He has played in 125 career postseason games, averaging 11.1 points and 4.1 rebounds.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.