The Philadelphia 76ers traded 11-year veteran Mike Gminski to the Charlotte Hornets Friday for forward Armon Gilliam and center Dave Hoppen.
The trade comes just two days after Gminski became the 162nd man in NBA history to score 10,000 points and gives the Hornets a desperately needed center.But Gminski, a career 47 percent shooter, suffered a left elbow injury earlier in the season and has watched his shooting average plunge to less than 38 percent. In 30 games, he has averaged 9.1 points and 6.7 rebounds.
For the 31-year-old center, the 76ers will get a hot shooter in Gilliam and a sporadic player in Hoppen. Both are 26 years old.
"The acquisition of Armon Gilliam gives us a down-low post-up player who has all-star numbers for a young player," 76ers owner Harold Katz said.
Gilliam, a four-year veteran who joined the Hornets in December 1989 from Phoenix, is averaging 19.8 points and 6.7 rebounds. In his previous three years in the NBA, he averaged 15.9 points while shooting 50 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free throw line.
He scored more than 1,000 points in 1989-90 for the second straight season and led the Hornets in scoring 23 times and in rebounding 32 times.
Hoppen, who joined the Hornets in their inaugural 1988-89 season from Golden State, has seen only sporadic action in the NBA. He has played less than 6 minutes a game this season, averaging 2.3 points.
In his first four seasons, he played in only 126 games, averaging 6 points while shooting 52 percent from the field and 77 percent from the free throw line.
Hoppen missed the last 70 games of last season recuperating from a dislocated left shoulder.
Gminski spent his first seven-plus seasons with New Jersey, then joined the Sixers midway in the 1987-88 season. He shot 47.7 percent and 45.7 percent in his first two full seasons with the Sixers.
Gilliam and Hoppen joined the 76ers Saturday night in Denver.