The Golden State Warriors have acquired two-time All-Star point guard Baron Davis from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for point guard Speedy Claxton and center Dale Davis, it was announced today by Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin.
"We're thrilled to be able to acquire a proven All-Star like Baron Davis," said Mullin. "He ranks among the best point guards in the NBA and we feel that he will be a tremendous addition to our roster - not only with what he brings to the table on his own, but also what he can provide to the continued development of our team."
Baron Davis, 25, earned All-NBA Third Team honors in 2003-04 as he ranked sixth in the NBA in scoring (career-high 22.9 ppg), fourth in assists (7.5 apg) and first in steals (career-high 2.36 spg) to become just the third player since the 1976-77 season to finish in the top-10 in those three categories (joining Gary Payton and Michael Adams). Last season he was also a member of the Eastern Conference All-Star team, an honor he received in 2001-02, as well, en route to averaging 18.1 points and a career-high 8.5 assists per game that season. For his career, Davis has appeared in 381 regular-season games in six seasons with the Hornets, averaging 15.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.89 steals per contest. Over the last three-plus seasons (since the beginning of the 2001-02 campaign), the Los Angeles native has averaged 19.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 2.08 steals in 217 games.
This season, the 6-3 guard has appeared in 18 games, averaging 18.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.72 steals in 32.9 minutes per contest. He has also missed 34 games this season due to injury. Originally drafted by the then-Charlotte Hornets with the third overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft out of UCLA, Davis has also appeared in 35 playoff games, averaging 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.5 assists per contest.
Claxton, 26, appeared in 46 games this season (44 starts) for the Warriors, averaging 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.89 steals in 32.6 minutes per contest. He tallied a season-high 27 points versus Seattle on January 14 and scored 20-or-more points eight times this season. The 5-11 guard also posted eight double-doubles on the season and led the team in assists 31 times. He missed eight games due to injury, including six-straight games from January 21 - February 2 due to a right thigh contusion. After being signed as a free agent on July 23, 2003, Claxton appeared in 60 games for the Warriors last season, averaging 10.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.62 steals per contest.
Dale Davis, 35, appeared in 36 games this season, averaging 3.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in 16.0 minutes per contest. He recorded his second double-double of the season with a season-high 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Warriors final game before the All-Star break - February 17 at Seattle. Davis also recorded 13 DNP-CDs this season and missed five games from January 5-12 while on the injured list due to lower back soreness. Originally acquired by the Warriors from Portland on July 20, 2004, the 6-11 center is currently in his 14th NBA season.
"I'm on the phone right now,'' Jason Richardson said. "Me and B.D. are good friends. That would be huge for the franchise. He can do a lot of things when he's healthy.''