The Jazz on Saturday traded unhappy shooting guard Gordan Giricek to the Philadelphia 76ers along with a protected first-round draft choice for fifth-year swingman Kyle Korver.
Giricek, in his sixth season with the Jazz, was recently banished from the team during an East Coast road trip after getting into a war of words with coach Jerry Sloan. Giricek was reinstated Thursday, but did not play in the Jazz loss Friday night to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Giricek averaged 4.3 points in 22 games for the Jazz this season and has a career average of 9.8 points in six seasons. His minutes had been cut in Utah and he was dropped from the rotation 13 games into the season. Sloan and General Manager Kevin O'Connor met with Giricek before practice Thursday to discuss what happened in Charlotte and the sixth-year player's role on the Jazz.
"We are excited about acquiring a player of Gordan's ability, as well as an additional asset in the form of a first-round draft pick," 76ers general manager Ed Stefanski said. "This move will provide us with increased salary cap flexibility this offseason and also allows us to continue our evaluation and development of the young talent we have on this team."
Korver averaged 10 points in 25 games with the 76ers and was their top 3-point threat. Korver played four seasons with Philadelphia, averaging 10.5 points and shooting 42 percent. He holds the team record for 3-pointers in a season with 226 in 2004-05.
"I want to thank Kyle for the positive impact he has made on this team and the city of Philadelphia through his play on the court and, even more importantly, his philanthropic efforts off of it," Stefanski said.
No details regarding draft pick involved in the trade were immediately made known.
Korver has almost $10 million remaining on his current contract over the next two seasons following the current 2007-08 season. He will not arrive in town for the Jazz's home game Saturday night against Boston, but the Jazz plan to formally introduce Krover Monday morning after he passes his physical exam and the trade is formally approved by the NBA.Both players will be with their new teams when the 76ers play Utah on Wednesday night.
Associated Press contributed to this story.