Mavs get F Jamison in nine-player deal

Updated: August 18, 2003, 8:26 PM ET

DALLAS - The Dallas Mavericks finally made it official on Monday, completing a blockbuster trade with the Golden State Warriors that answered the rest of the Western Conference contenders.

The Mavericks landed forward Antawn Jamison in a nine-player trade in which they also receive power forward Danny Fortson, small forward Chris Mills and guard Jiri Welsch from Golden State.

The Mavs sent guard Nick Van Exel, center Evan Eschmeyer, forward Popeye Jones, veteran point guard Avery Johnson and French forward Antoine Rigaudeau to Golden State.

The bulk of the deal was reported Friday night by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The trade was not officially completed until the NBA offices opened Monday.

The deal is a major move for the Mavs, who failed to make a splash in the free agent market while the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings and defending champion San Antonio Spurs all were active. Dallas lost to San Antonio in the Western Conference finals last season.

Jamison, 27, is the key to the deal for the Mavs, who would start him at forward alongside star Dirk Nowitzki, helping form one of the NBA's top forward tandems.

Jamison led the Warriors in scoring last season, averaging 22.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest while playing in all 82 games for the third straight season.

Selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors in 1998, Jamison has career averages of 20.2 points and 7.5 rebounds in 336 games. He never played a game for Toronto as he was dealt to Golden State on draft day.

The 6-8, 260-pound Fortson would also give the Mavs an interior presence, something the club has sorely been lacking. He has averaged more than 11 rebounds per contest three times in his six-year career.

Fortson, 27, was limited to 17 games due to injuries last season and averaged 3.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest.

In Mills and Welsch, the Mavs get a pair of former first-round picks who both struggled last season.

Mills, 33, played in just 21 games last season averaged 4.8 points. As a rookie, Welsch averaged 1.6 points in 37 games.

Van Exel, 31, is the key to the deal for the Warriors, who lost point guard Gilbert Arenas as a free agent.

"We're extremely excited about this deal and feel that it is advantageous for our franchise in several aspects," Warriors general manager Garry St. Jean said. "In the short term, we have added talented players to our roster, while also providing an opportunity for some of our younger players to step up and play larger roles in our overall development.

"Additionally, in the long term, this trade will provide us some flexibility that we may not otherwise have had."

A point guard with a scoring mentality, Van Exel was the Mavs' second-leading scorer in the postseason last season, when he averaged 19.5 points per contest.

The Warriors have already signed point guard Speedy Claxton in free agency, but Van Exel clearly would start for one of the NBA's more exciting teams.

Van Exel, who also has played with the Lakers and Denver, has career averages of 15.5 points and 7.2 assists in 723 games.

Eschmeyer, Jones and Avery Johnson all saw limited playing time last season. Johnson also is expected to retire.

Rigaudeau played in 11 games for the Mavericks last season and averaged 1.5 points in 8.3 minutes.

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