The Phoenix Suns acquired high-scoring and temperamental forward Xavier McDaniel from the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night for swingman Eddie Johnson and two first-round draft picks.
The major trade between the two struggling teams might to be one that allows the Suns to challenge for the NBA title this year and it might help Seattle build for the future.Phoenix (8-7) has lost three in a row, while the Sonics (5-10) just snapped a six-game losing streak with a 105-103 victory over Miami on Thursday night.
"We feel we need this type of player," Suns coach Cotton Fitzsimmons said of McDaniel before his team played New Jersey on Friday night. "He's tough, physical and an outstanding offensive rebounder, which is an area we need help with."
The Sonics also were happy with the trade.
"Eddie Johnson is instant offense," club president Bob Whitsitt said. "He is one of the league's best pure shooters. And this will allow (coach) K.C. Jones to reposition some of our players to their more natural roles."
When the Sonics played Friday night in Orlando, Derrick McKey started at small forward and Shawn Kemp at power forward. McKey played power forward last season and also has played that role this season.
"Xavier has definitely been a big plus for the Sonics' organization," Whitsitt added. "On the basketball court, we're giving up offense and getting offense plus two No. 1 picks in return. But in the community, X has been wonderful for us and we wish him the very best."
Fitzsimmons said the trade is contingent on both players passing physicals.
In return for the 27-year-old McDaniel, the SuperSonics will receive the Suns' first round draft pick in 1991 and a first-round choice in either 1993 or 1994.