Bucks get Magloire for Mason

Updated: October 30, 2005, 6:29 PM ET
By Shea Serrano | ESPN.com

The Milwaukee Bucks continued to aggressively reshape their roster Wednesday by beating out a clutch of teams to acquire New Orleans/Oklahoma City center Jamaal Magloire.

Clinching the deal by offering its 2006 first-round pick without lottery restrictions, Milwaukee also sends swingman Desmond Mason and cash considerations to the Hornets for Magloire, an East All-Star in 2004.

The Bucks felt they needed a more physical presence on their front line to aid the development of No. 1 overall pick Andrew Bogut and the recently re-signed Dan Gadzuric. Magloire, like Mason, has only this season and next season left on his contract, lessening the immediate demands on Bogut without affecting the 7-footer's standing as a future cornerstone.

Given Milwaukee's logjam of swingmen after retaining Michael Redd, trading for Jiri Welsch and signing Bobby Simmons, a move involving Mason between now and the February deadline was widely seen as inevitable. This one gives the Bucks an opportunity to play Magloire and Bogut together -- the Australian from the University of Utah remains a candidate to start -- with Simmons starting at the other forward spot. The Bucks also have Gadzuric and Joe Smith in what suddenly looks like a well-rounded frontcourt rotation.

The Hornets have been shopping Magloire for months as part of their own makeover, which accelerated in February when Baron Davis, another former All-Star, was dealt to Golden State.

Coach Byron Scott denied earlier this week that Magloire was available, but the Hornets -- rebuilding around the embryonic backcourt of Chris Paul and J.R. Smith and displaced from its home base in New Orleans for at least a season -- opted for the chance to add another 2006 first-rounder to their own and an athletic swingman with ties to the team's new home state.

Mason, entering his sixth season out of Oklahoma State, carries a career scoring average of 12.9 points per game and averaged a career-best 17.2 points last season.

"Getting a player of [Mason's] quality in addition to acquiring an unprotected first-round pick that we'll be able to use immediately in this upcoming draft is a package that we feel really has tremendous value," said Hornets general manager Jeff Bower.

Said Scott: "[Mason is] still a dunker, but he's added a whole lot more to his game than that. He gets to the free-throw line a lot. He's a great one-on-one player, and that's something that we really don't have a lot of. He's a guy that can get his own shot as well as get other people's shots.

"To me, he's a complete player. He doesn't have 3-point range on his jump shot, but everything else. He can get you baskets, he can rebound. I don't know if we've got a guy that can run up and down the floor as fast as he can."

Magloire played only 23 games in 2004-05 because of a fractured ring finger but averaged 13.6 points and 10.3 rebounds in the previous season. The five-year veteran's 19 points in the 2004 All-Star Game led the East.

Memphis, Chicago and the Los Angeles Clippers were among the teams that, needing quality size, hoped to win the race for Magliore, whose departure has also seemed inevitable since he was mentioned in various trade scenarios in conjunction with the June draft. Most of those scenarios involved the Toronto Raptors, who have long coveted the Toronto-born big man.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Marc Stein is the senior NBA writer for ESPN.com. To e-mail him, click here.

Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) is a writer based in Houston. He has written for MTV, XXL, Vice, Complex, Myspace, and other outlets.

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