Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported it first and the 76ers have since confirmed that New Orleans has traded 6-9 veteran forward Darius Songaila and 6-10 rookie Craig Brackins to the 76ers for Willie Green and Jason Smith.
Chris Paul must be jumping for joy over this blockbuster.
From the 76ers side, we give a tip of the hat to Rod Thorn for unloading dead weight from the Sixers bench. Somewhere former 76ers head coach Eddie Jordan just shed a tear for his man Willie.
When you look at the salaries, you’ll realize that once again the Hornets are clearing future cap space. Willie is set to make $3,976,000 this season in the last year of his deal. Smith who between injuries and being buried on Jordan’s bench last year never realized the “potential” scouts swear he owns is making $2,187,913 with a $3 million qualifying offer for 2011-12.
The Sixers in return get the expiring $4,818,000 deal of Songaila, and commit to the rookie deal of Brackins which starts at $1,306,920 this season.
The Sixers will be Songaila’s fifth NBA team. He has previously played for four NBA teams – the Kings, Bulls, Wizards, and Hornets. In his seven seasons in the League, Songaila has averaged 7.0 points and 3.5 rebounds. Last season with the Hornets, he averaged 7.2 points in 18.8 minutes a game.
Brackins, 22, is a power forward out of Iowa State University. He was drafted 21st overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2010 NBA Draft. He was immediately traded to the Hornets. In his draftexpress.com profile, Brackins(16.5 ppg. & 8.5 rpg.) has a “best case” comparison to Channing Frye.
Here are a few other DXE notes on Brackins…”Though he displays the versatility to create his own shot in the post, he is unable to do so consistently, as his frame does not appear to have improved much from last year and he’s still just an average athlete by NBA standards at best… Though Brackins is capable of hitting shots from range with more consistency when he’s on, his form still wavers possession to possession, he’s too eager to pull the trigger with a hand in his face early in the shot clock, and he’s not nearly as effective when forced to take a contested jump shot a step inside the arc… Brackins’s go-to-move in the post remains a quick jumper, which allows him to exploit his touch and length, but often forces him to settle for tough shots over defenders. He still tends to establish position closer to the midrange than the block, and doesn’t make assertive moves to the rim unless he already has his man sealed to one side on the catch… Defensively, Brackins still looks shaky defending the perimeter, and his frame doesn’t project well when trying to determine how he’ll fare against NBA caliber post scorers.”