- Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has acquired guards Javaris Crittenton from Memphis and Mike James from New Orleans in a three-team trade. As part of the deal, Washington sends Antonio Daniels to New Orleans and sends back a conditional first round draft pick to Memphis (that was initially acquired from Memphis in exchange for the draft rights to Juan Carlos Navarro on August 16, 2007), while New Orleans also receives a conditional second round pick from Memphis. In addition, the Wizards have waived guard Dee Brown.
"This trade strengthens and energizes our backcourt by giving us a veteran guard in Mike James who can help us immediately with his stability and scoring ability and a young guard in Javaris Crittenton who can help us now and in the future with his athleticism," said Grunfeld. "We're excited to welcome both players to Washington, but we're also appreciative of what Antonio did for this team during his three-plus years here and we wish him the best."
James' best season came as a member of the Toronto Raptors in 2005-06 when he averaged 20.3 points and 5.8 assists per game in 79 games (all starts). James entered the NBA as an undrafted player out of Duquesne, and signed his first NBA contract with the Miami Heat in 2001. In addition to spending the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons with the Heat (where he was a teammate of Caron Butler during the 2002-03 season), James has also played for the Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets (twice), Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Wizards next home game is tomorrow (Thursday, December 11th) against the World Champion Boston Celtics…limited tickets are still available.
Height: 6-2 Weight: 188
# Currently in his eighth NBA season
# Career averages of 10.6 points, 3.6 assists and 2.3 rebounds
# Averaged 20.3 points and 5.8 assists in 2005-06 with the Raptors
# Has averaged double figures with four different NBA teams
# Has played with Miami, Boston, Detroit, Milwaukee, Toronto, Minnesota, Houston and New Orleans
# Was a teammate of Caron Butler during he 2002-03 season in Miami
# Played collegiately at Duquesne; was not drafted by an NBA team
Friday, December 12, 2008 9:00 p.m. EST ABC
- Jo cries foul when she tries to coach NBA player Mike James on the Xs and 0s of parenting when his tenure with the New Orleans Hornets keeps him away from his wife and four daughters at their Houston home.