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Wallace winds up in Detroit

By Wire services
Published February 20, 2004

DETROIT - Rasheed Wallace is headed to the Pistons, who only had to give up reserves and draft picks to land the frontcourt scorer they coveted.

Wallace was moved to Detroit in a three-team trade Thursday after playing one game for Atlanta, which acquired him from Portland last week.

The two-time All-Star averaged 16.1 points and 6.7 rebounds during nine seasons and 17.1 points and 6.6 rebounds this season.

"It gives us a real shot to compete at the highest level in the NBA right now," Pistons president Joe Dumars said.

In a deal put together shortly before the trading deadline, Detroit sent center Zeljko Rebraca, guard Bob Sura and a first-round draft pick to Atlanta. That pick will come from Milwaukee this year if the Bucks make the playoffs.

The Pistons sent guards Lindsey Hunter, Chucky Atkins, their first-round pick this year and cash to Boston. The Celtics shipped forward Chris Mills to the Hawks and guard Mike James to the Pistons.

"That fact that we didn't have to break up our team and we were able to add the guy we did, it made it a no-brainer move for us," Dumars said. "It created cap space and we didn't mess with our core, so it was a great deal for us."

The deal will put Detroit about $10-million under the salary cap this summer.

Atlanta acquired Wallace from Portland to clear space under the salary cap and now could be about $20-million under it after the season.

JAZZ-SUNS: Utah sent injured players Keon Clark and Ben Handlogten to Phoenix for forward Tom Gugliotta, cash and draft picks. The Jazz gets two conditional first-round draft picks, a 2005 second-round draft pick and an undisclosed sum of cash. Clark played in two games this season before having right ankle surgery in November. Handlogten played 17 before tearing left knee ligaments in December.

MAGIC-JAZZ: Orlando sent Gordan Giricek to Utah for DeShawn Stevenson in a swap of shooting guards. The Magic also received a future second-round draft pick. Stevenson averaged 11.4 points in 54 games for the Jazz.

MAGIC-HORNETS: Orlando acquired center Sean Rooks from New Orleans for Shammond Williams. Rooks, on the injured list since Feb.10 with a sprained right ankle, has averaged 2.3 points in 35 games.

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