Cavs acquire scoring guard 'Flip' Murray from Sonics

Updated: February 24, 2006, 4:11 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired guard Ronald Murray from the Seattle SuperSonics on Thursday, one of their two deals before the trade deadline.

The Cavaliers sent guard Mike Wilks to Seattle for the 26-year-old Murray, who averaged 9.9 points. The fourth-year pro was drafted by Milwaukee in the second round in 2002.

The Cavaliers also sent their second-round pick in this year's draft to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forward Lee Nailon and the 76ers' second-round pick this season.

The Cavaliers also waived swingman Stephen Graham, who was signed to a second 10-day contract on Feb. 20.

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General manager Danny Ferry said adding Murray will help make up for the loss of Larry Hughes, who is likely out for the rest of the regular season with a broken finger.

"We needed to add more scoring and athleticism on the wing, especially coming off the bench," Ferry said. "With Flip, that's his strength. He'll be able to come in and create baskets for himself."

Murray was drafted by Milwaukee in the second round in 2002. He scored a season-high 29 points against Boston on Dec. 26.

Wilks, who started the season as an unsigned free agent, saw little playing time at point guard behind Eric Snow and Damon Jones.

Nailon signed with the Sixers in the offseason and was expected to provide an offensive boost off the bench after averaging a career-high 14.2 points last season with New Orleans. Nailon hasn't played since the end of last month after his arrest in an alleged dispute with his wife.

Ferry said he did not expect Nailon to report to the Cavaliers. He said the deal allows Philadelphia to get under the luxury tax.

Nailon, 30, played in 22 games this season, averaging 4.2 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game. He played briefly for the Cavaliers in 2003-04, averaging 7.7 points in 22 games. He's played with six NBA teams in a six-year career.

The Cavaliers will keep the pick they sent to Philadelphia unless they finish with one of the top three records in the league, Ferry said. They currently have the sixth-best record in the league.

"Most likely we'll have two second-round picks next year," Ferry said.

Ferry said they may look to re-sign Graham, who impressed in his limited time.

The Cavaliers elected not to make a major deal involving forward Drew Gooden. He has played well this season, averaging 11 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, but his talent and upcoming status as free agent made him a candidate for a trade.

"We were not ever close to trading Drew Gooden," Ferry said. "He's been very valuable to us this year."


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