PHILADELPHIA -- Gordan Giricek made peace in Utah, then was
sent out of town.
The Jazz traded the disgruntled guard and a conditional
first-round pick to Philadelphia for 3-point ace Kyle Korver on
Saturday, creating additional salary cap space the 76ers craved.
Giricek had fallen out of favor with Jazz coach Jerry Sloan
after the two had a heated exchange during a timeout in a Dec. 19
game at Charlotte. The 6-foot-5 reserve guard was ordered to the
locker room, was sent home for three games and never played again
for the Jazz.
"It's a clean slate," 76ers president Ed Stefanski said. "He
was excited to be joining the team."
The deal, though, was more about salary cap flexibility for the
Sixers than it was getting a player who could help them this
season. Giricek's $4 million contract expires at the end of the
season, giving the Sixers about $10 million in cap space for next
Korver was due a little more than $15 million over the final
three years of his deal.
"We're probably the only team that has that kind of money,"
Stefanski said. "We'd like to be a player in the free-agent or
trade market this summer. We get in the game by doing this."
The draft pick won't immediately help the Sixers. The first year
the Sixers could make the selection is in 2009 and Stefanski said
Philadelphia has through 2014 to make the pick. There are different
protections for each year, also.
Giricek averaged 4.3 points in 22 games for the Jazz this season
and has a career average of 9.8 points in six seasons. His minutes
had been cut in Utah and he was dropped from the rotation 13 games
into the season. Sloan and general manager Kevin O'Connor met with
Giricek before practice Thursday to discuss what happened in
Charlotte and the sixth-year player's role on the Jazz.
Now, he'll get a fresh start in Philadelphia.
Korver, the centerpiece of a Sixers billboard off I-95 on the
way to the airport, averaged 10 points in 25 games with the 76ers
and was their top 3-point threat. Korver played four seasons with
Philadelphia, averaging 10.5 points and shooting 42 percent.
"We made a trade which we feel improves our team this year,"
O'Connor said in a statement.
Korver holds the team record for 3-pointers in a season with 226
"I want to thank Kyle for the positive impact he has made on
this team and the city of Philadelphia through his play on the
court and, even more importantly, his philanthropic efforts off of
it," Stefanski said.
Stefanski hasn't ruled out another deal before the Feb. 21
trading deadline. He said plenty of teams asked about the
availability of point guard Andre Miller. Miller, obtained last
year in the Allen Iverson deal, is having an outstanding year with
averages of 16.1 points and 6.2 assists while leading the
rebuilding Sixers to a surprising 13-16 record.
"Where we are right now, we have to do more things and add more
pieces to this puzzle," Stefanski said. "Are we done? I couldn't
answer that question. But we do have chips that people like."
Korver and Giricek each get a quick shot at sticking it to their
former teams: The Sixers play Wednesday at Utah.