Warriors acquire F-C Robinson from Pistons for G Sura

Updated: August 21, 2003, 3:17 PM ET

OAKLAND, California - Three days after trading away three forwards, the Golden State Warriors got some frontcourt help Thursday by acquiring Clifford Robinson from the Detroit Pistons.

The Warriors sent guard Bob Sura to the Pistons in exchange for the veteran forward-center and guard Juan "Pepe" Sanchez.

On Monday, Golden State dealt forwards Antawn Jamison, Danny Fortson and Chris Mills and guard Jiri Welsch to the Dallas Mavericks for five players, most notably guard Nick Van Exel, who is expected to take over at point guard for free agent departee Gilbert Arenas.

"We feel this is a tremendous addition to our team," Warriors general manager Garry St. Jean said. "Cliff Robinson was a starter for a team in the Eastern Conference finals last season and has been a winner his entire career. Additionally, he is an excellent defensive player and will provide some quality depth to our team."

The 6-10 Robinson, who has appeared in the playoffs in each of his 14 seasons, averaged 12.2 points, 1.09 blocks and 1.07 steals in 81 games last season for the Pistons, who had the best regular-season record in the East before losing in the conference finals to the New Jersey Nets.

The 36-year-old Robinson has a career average of 15.8 points per game with Portland, Phoenix and Detroit, missing only 19 games due to injury in his career.

Robinson was made expendable after the Pistons signed free agent center Elden Campbell, who had been with the Seattle SuperSonics.

Sura, 30, averaged 7.3 points and 3.2 assists in 55 games for the Warriors last season. He ranked fifth in the league in scoring among players who made zero starts.

"We're excited to add Bob Sura to our roster," Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said. "He's a hard-nosed defender and he is a player that can play both guard positions. He can penetrate and find the open man and he also has nice touch from the perimeter."

Sanchez, 26, appeared in nine games for the Pistons last season and did not score a point. He missed 61 games while on the injured list with right knee patella tendinitis.

Sanchez has appeared in 38 games over two seasons with Atlanta, Philadelphia and Detroit, averaging 0.5 points and 4.9 minutes. He became the first Argentine to play in the NBA when he made his debut with the Hawks on October 31, 2000.

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