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Friday, June 29, 2001
Pistons add Robinson in deal with Suns

Clifford Robinson

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons acquired forward Clifford Robinson from the Phoenix Suns on Friday for Jud Buechler and John Wallace.

The teams agreed to the trade in principle, but the deal cannot be consummated until July 18 due to salary-cap restrictions.

"We are excited to bring Cliff Robinson to the Pistons," team president Joe Dumars said in a statement. "He's a talented veteran player that brings playoff experience and toughness to our roster."

Robinson averaged 16.4 points last season.

The Suns made the deal a day after saying they are trading point guard Jason Kidd to the New Jersey Nets for Stephon Marbury.

"This is a step in a different direction," said Bryan Colangelo, the Suns' president and general manager.

"We feel this makes us younger, improves our outside shooting and, gives us considerable flexibility with regards to the salary cap in future years, and more importantly, helps the Suns avoid the tax threshold for the upcoming season."

Swingman Buechler and forward Wallace, both reserves, joined the Pistons two years ago. Buechler signed as a free agent, and Wallace, a 1996 Syracuse graduate, was involved in a trade with Dallas for Christian Laettner.

Buechler averaged 3.9 points while shooting 41.6 percent from 3-point range last season. Wallace averaged 5.9 points and 2.1 rebounds.
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