Pacers trade Williams, extend Foster's contract
Oct 10, 2008
The thin ice broke. Shawne Williams, the troubled talent described by team President Larry Bird as "on thin ice" during the offseason, was traded to Dallas Friday for veteran Eddie Jones, two future second-round picks and cash.
The Pacers made a second move Friday, extending the contract of veteran center Jeff Foster, who was entering the final season of his deal.
Williams was drafted by the Pacers with the 17th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. In his two seasons with the Pacers, he averaged 5.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game.
“I had a great relationship with Shawne while he was here,” said Pacers President of Basketball Larry Bird. “We are sad to see him go; but we think this will be a great opportunity for him in Dallas.”
Jones, who will turn 37 later this month, averaged 3.7 points in 47 games with the Mavericks last season, shooting .367 from the field and .293 from the 3-point line. He is in the final year of a contract and reportedly is scheduled to earn $2 million, though some reports indicate the Pacers will waive the 6-6 swingman.
Foster, a 6-11, 250-pound center, has spent his entire career as a Pacer; and in his nine years with the team, he has career averages of 5.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
“I’d like to thank the Pacers’ organization for signing me,” said Foster. “We’re in the midst of returning Pacers’ basketball back to the stature of what our fans expect on and off the court. This is my 10th year and I have every intention of finishing my career here. I’m thankful to have been part of this organization and I’m excited to be able to continue to be part of the Pacers.”
Without the extension, Foster would've become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
“I’m very pleased that we’ve signed Jeff to an extension,” said Bird. “Jeff is very important to this franchise. He’s a glue guy; and his hard work, both on and off the court, makes him a great representative of this team.”
Check back throughout the evening for updates. I'll be talking with Bird and Foster soon and will be able to provide many more details.
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