Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sixers acquire Meeks, Elson from Bucks

The Sixers have acquired shooting guard Jodie Meeks and center Francisco Elson from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for little-used center Primoz Brezec and guard Royal Ivey. 

The Sixers like Meeks' upside and badly wanted him in the draft last year, trying to trade up in the second round to get him. In 41 games this season, Meeks is averaging 4.1 ppg and 1.8 rpg. The former Kentucky star 26.3 percent from the floor and 28 percent from long range.

Meeks is regarded as a prolific shooter that moves well without the ball and has a very fluid and compact release.  He shoots well standing still and coming off screens. He holds UK's all-time single season record for three-pointers made (117) and ranks 33rd on the school's all-time scoring list despite just playing three college seasons.  

The 7-foot Elson, meanwhile,  is 33 and signed a free agent contract with Milwaukee prior to the 2008-09 season. Currently in his seventh NBA season, Elson began his NBA career in Denver in 2003 and has also played with San Antonio (2006-2008) and Seattle (2008).  In 404 career NBA regular season games (148 starts), Elson has averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds. Elson is the first Dutch national to win an NBA Championship (Spurs – 2007).

"Jodie Meeks is a player that we targeted during the 2009 NBA Draft and believe that he has the talent to be successful in this league for many years," Stefanski said.  "Both Meeks and Elson are welcome additions to our team." 

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