Pistons trade guard Delfino to Raptors for second-round picks

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons traded guard
Carlos Delfino to the Toronto Raptors on Friday for second-round
draft picks in 2009 and 2010.

Carlos Delfino


"We appreciate everything Carlos did for us while he was here
and we wish him all the best with Toronto," Pistons president of
basketball operations Joe Dumars said.

Delfino, from Argentina, was drafted 25th overall by Detroit in
2003, and averaged 4.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 180
games with the Pistons.

During the 2006-07 regular season, the 6-foot-6 guard averaged
5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 16.8 minutes while appearing in all
82 games. He played in all 16 of Detroit's playoff games, averaging
2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 8.4 minutes.

The 25-year-old player is set to make just over $1.8 million
next season.

"Carlos is a talented basketball player that should thrive in
our system," Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo said. "Like many
international players that come to the league, he has much more
professional experience than his NBA resume suggests."

Delfino spent four seasons with Reggio Calabria (2000-02) and
Skipper Bologna (2003-04) of the Italian league before joining the
NBA. He was a member of Argentina's gold medal-winning team in the
2004 Olympics.

Detroit's other first-round pick in the 2003 draft was Darko
Milicic, a 7-foot center from the former Serbia and Montenegro
taken No. 2 overall behind Cleveland's LeBron James and ahead of
Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Milicic appeared in 96
games over 2½ seasons before being traded to Orlando in February
2006 in a deal that gives Detroit the Magic's 15th pick overall
June 28 in the NBA draft.