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Peja For Who?

by Angelo on July 13th, 2006

So we all know Peja Stojakovic was going to the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. What we didn’t quite expect was that it would be a sign and trade deal for someone I had to look up. The deal was the Indiana Pacers signed and traded away Peja for the draft rights of Andrew Betts. Those who read the history of my NBA “expertise” know that I only really started following the NBA just a few years ago when NBA Live 2003 got me hooked the the world of the NBA. I’ve been NBA Obsessed ever since. I found out Andrew Betts was a second round pick of the Hornets way back in 1998 and he never played a regular season game.

Did the Pacers have to acquire his rights? I mean, I know the Pacers probably wanted something in return but it looks like (correct me if I’m wrong) the acquisition of Betts’ rights won’t really make a dent of impact in the Pacers organization anyway. Strange… absolutely strange indeed!

In other news, the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets waived little used Lithuanian shooting guard Arvydas Macijauskas. He intends to go back to playing in Europe.

POSTED IN: Player Movement

3 opinions for Peja For Who?

  • Ron
    Jul 13, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    The sad thing was the Pacers actually got nothing for Peja. I dunno all the technicalities but from what I’ve read they just allowed him to walk away. They should’ve just traded him in the beginning. :)

  • Angelo
    Jul 13, 2006 at 9:02 pm

    From what I know, the Pacers wanted to keep Peja but when the Hornets made him an offer,it was too much for what the Pacers could afford so they just let him walk. I guess if they knew from the start that Peja would get an offer like this and accept it, they would have definitely shopped him around for a trade.

  • Nick
    Jul 18, 2006 at 10:06 am

    The Pacers did this to get a seven million dollar trade exception which will give them an asset to pursue future deals (such as Al Harrington)

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