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Hawks make big splash, acquire Mike Bibby from the Kings

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Atlanta Hawks have brought a key piece to their backcourt with the acquisition of veteran point guard Mike Bibby in a trade with the Sacramento Kings. In exchange for Bibby, the Hawks sent Shelden Williams, Anthony Johnson, Tyronn Lue, and Lorenzen Wright out West.

The Kings also received a 2008 second-round draft pick in the deal.

Former Sacramento Kings guard Mike Bibby attempts a shot over Earl Watson against the Seattle SuperSonics
Mike Bibby attempts a shot over Earl Watson against the Seattle SuperSonics (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Bibby, a 10-year veteran, appeared in 15 games with the Kings before the trade. He made 12 starts.

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He was averaging 13.5 points per game before being sent to the Hawks. He was also averaging 3.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.1 blocks per game.

The Hawks hope that this addition will boost their playoff chances. The team was in need of a point guard before this deal.

Bibby will be adding veteran leadership to a young team. He should fit in right away, as he will hope to boost the team’s offensive attack.

“We are very excited to add Mike Bibby to our team,” said Hawks General Manager Rick Sund. “He is a proven winner and a talented player who will bring a wealth of experience and leadership to our young team. We believe that he will make a significant impact on our team both on and off the court.”

The Kings have decided that they will start a rebuild with this move. Sacramento hopes to stockpile young players for the future.

There were veterans involved in the deal, as Johnson, Williams, and Lue will be short-term additions. These players could be flipped down the road for younger players and their long-term goals.

“We wish Mike Bibby all the best in Atlanta, and we thank him for his contributions to our organization over the past few years,” said Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. “We are excited about the young players we acquired in this trade, and we believe they will help us build a solid foundation for the future.”

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At the time of the trade, the Hawks stand at sixth in the Eastern Conference as they have a 31-22 record. The Kings are in last place in the Western Conference with a 24-30 record.

Lue appeared in 33 games with the Hawks before the trade. He appeared in 3 games.

He was averaging 6.8 points per game. He was also averaging 1.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.3 steals per game.

Wright appeared in 13 games. He made one start.

He was averaging 1 point per game. He also had 2.8 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.2 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game.

Williams appeared in 36 games, all as a reserve. He averaged 3.0 points per game.

He was also averaging 3.0 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game.

Johnson appeared in 42 games. He made 41 starts with the Hawks.

He was averaging 6.7 points at the time of the trade. He also had 2.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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