Sixers get Rogers, Mashburn in return

Updated: February 24, 2005, 10:31 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- The 76ers completed their second trade in two days, sending forward Glenn Robinson to the Hornets for Jamal Mashburn and Rodney Rogers on Thursday.

Both Robinson and Mashburn have yet to play for their respective teams this year. Mashburn has a knee injury and might never play again.

Robinson, earning more than $12 million in the final year of his contract, is on the injured list with left ankle tendinitis, though he's been unhappy since losing his starting forward spot in training camp.

Glenn Robinson
Robinson

Rodney Rogers
Rogers

"We knew what we wanted to do if we were going to move him," Sixers president Billy King said. "If this deal with Rodney didn't come about, we were not going to do a deal just to be moving Glenn."

Rogers can become a free agent at the end of the year. His 3-point shooting fits nicely with coach Jim O'Brien's offensive philosophy, but Rogers is only averaging 9.3 points and shooting just 27.5 percent from 3-point range.

Rogers played for O'Brien with the Celtics.

Mashburn is making $9.3 million this year and $10.1 million next year, but seems likely to retire because of his knee injury. He hasn't played since last March and won't play for the Sixers, King said.

The Sixers dramatically reshaped their roster late Wednesday night, acquiring five-time All-Star Chris Webber from the Kings as part of a six-player deal.

King said he hoped Webber would have a physical Thursday night and be ready to play for the Sixers, oddly enough, against the Kings on Saturday night.

Webber will pair with Sixers All-Star guard Allen Iverson to form one of the most formidable duos in the league.

"They're going to probably win the Atlantic now," Cavaliers guard LeBron James said of the Sixers. The Webber trade is "going to make them one of the top four teams in the Eastern Conference. I know Iverson is very happy about it. I'm going to call him and tell him he got an early Christmas present."

Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, claimed he didn't ask to be traded if the Sixers didn't make any bold moves to contend in a weakened Eastern Conference this year – but the All-Star game MVP believed the Sixers needed help to make a playoff push.

"If there's anything we need, it's definitely a big man," he said Monday.

Of course, Robinson was supposed to be the answer when the Sixers traded for him last year.

Robinson averaged 16.6 points a game in his first season in Philadelphia last year – down from his career average of 20.8. He lost his starting spot at small forward to rookie first-round pick Andre Iguodala in training camp and has rarely been seen with the team since then.

"A healthy Glenn Robinson would have added to our mix, but he wasn't able to play, so we just focused on what we had and the guys who could play," King said.

Rogers was expected to play against the Knicks on Thursday.

King was looking for the right deal, one that ideally would ship out Robinson and bring back a 3-point shooter or some frontcourt help. He also made a steadfast commitment to keeping the young nucleus intact, notably Iguodala, center Samuel Dalembert and forward Kyle Korver.

"I think we've got the makings of team that can win now and win in the future," King said.

"The one thing we were not going to do is move our young guys we were able to keep them and add to the puzzle."

The Sixers also released guard Kedrick Brown and placed forward Josh Davis and guard Willie Green on the injured list.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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