Former Zags Make Headlines In NBA Shuffle of Players, Coaches
SPOKANE, Wash. - Three former Gonzaga University standouts have been involved in the NBA shuffle since the recent NBA labor agreement that will see a shortened NBA season.
Ronny Turiaf was traded from the New York Knicks to the Washington Wizards, Jeremy Pargo signed a 2-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies and Dan Dickau is returning to the NBA, this time as a player development assistant.
The Wizards managed to fill a need by taking advantage of a team looking to make a big move in free agency. The Wizards assisted the New York Knicks in their efforts to acquire center Tyson Chandler by using their available salary cap space to take on Turiaf in a three-team deal that involved the Dallas Mavericks.
The Knicks needed to clear up room to sign Chandler and dumped Turiaf's $4.2 salary on the Wizards. To sweeten the deal, they also added a 2013 second-round draft pick and cash considerations. A source with knowledge of the transaction said the Wizards received $3 million from the Knicks. Since Turiaf's pro-rated, 66-game salary will actually be closer to $3.4 million, the Wizards will essentially rent for free a veteran big man who fills a need for an inexperienced front line.
The Wizards also received a 2012 second-round pick from Dallas in exchange for a 2012 protected second-round pick. The Knicks received Chandler and the rights to Ahmad Nivins and Giorgos Printezis from Dallas, while the Mavericks got Andy Rautins from the Knicks.
There is no LeBron James in this free agent class, but Chandler was arguably the biggest catch. The Wizards utilized their cap space to make similar deals with James pursuers last season, acquiring Kirk Hinrich and $3 million from the Chicago Bulls and later Yi Jianlian and $3 million from the New Jersey Nets.
The Grizzzlies signed Pargo, a free agent, to a multi-year contract, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Pargo, a 6-2, 219-pound guard, joins the Grizzlies after spending last season with Euroleague powerhouse Maccabi Tel-Aviv, where he was named to the 2011 All-Euroleague Second Team after recording 13.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists on .463 shooting in 30.0 minutes in 22 games. Prior to his success with Maccabi, the 25-year-old helped guide Hapoel Gilboa Galil Elyon to the 2010 Israeli Basketball Super League Championship in his first season as a professional, averaging 14.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists.
The younger brother of NBA player Jannero Pargo, the Chicago native was named the 2008 West Coast Conference Player of the Year after posting 12.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists as a junior at Gonzaga. Pargo finished his 4-year collegiate career with the Bulldogs with averages of 9.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 134 games.
Undrafted in the 2009 NBA Draft, Pargo has made summer league appearances in 2009 and 2010 with the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Charlotte Bobcats and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Dickau, who was released by the Phoenix Suns a year ago in his latest bid to return to the NBA as a player, played in the NBA for six seasons, including parts of two seasons with the Blazers (2003-04, 2006-07). The Blazers said he will work with Cooper on player development, focusing on the team's guards.
A Portland area native who starred at Prairie High School, he finished his NBA career with averages of 5.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 300 games (57 starts) with Atlanta, Portland, New Orleans, Dallas, Boston and the L.A. Clippers.
Dickau was selected with the 28th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by Atlanta after being named the WCC Player of the Year and becoming Gonzaga's inaugural first-team All-America selection by the Associated Press.
Dickau is leaving the KHQ broadcast booth in which he was teamed with Greg Heister and Richard Fox this season to televise Bulldog basketball on KHQ and ROOT SPORTS.
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