Boomers hero Andersen in NBA trade

Boomers hero Andersen in NBA trade

On the same day that he hit the game-winning shot for the Golden Star Australian Boomers against China in the Stankovic Continental Cup in Lizhou, David Andersen found out that he had been traded by his NBA team the Houston Rockets to the Toronto Raptors.

In a brief statement on the Rockets’ website, the team said that “Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has traded center David Andersen to the Toronto Raptors along with cash considerations in exchange for a future second round pick.”

The Raptors in a statement on their website elaborated, saying that they had “acquired centre David Andersen and cash considerations from the Houston Rockets in exchange for a 2015 protected second-round pick obtained from the Los Angeles Clippers as part of the Hassan Adams trade January 7, 2009.”

Andersen played 63 games for the Rockets last season, averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds off the bench in 14.1 minutes per game.

“David is a skilled big that gives us some insurance at the backup centre position,” said Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo. “He will also bring a veteran presence and savvy to a relatively young team.”

The 211cm centre was originally selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round (37th overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft but later had his draft rights acquired by Houston from Atlanta in exchange for cash and future considerations on July 14, 2009.

He signed a multi-year contract with the Rockets on August 12, 2009.

Last night Andersen scored the winning basket for Australia as they defeated China 64-63 in their opening game of the 2010 Stankovic Continental Cup.

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