posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 09:56 PM
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks traded power forward Danny Fortson to the Seattle SuperSonics for Calvin Booth, bringing back the 7-footer they once
thought might help solve their woes at center.
The deal is a perfect fit for both clubs. Dallas is focused on improving its defense and Booth is an excellent shot-blocker. The Sonics were the
NBA's worst rebounding team last season and Fortson has twice been among the league's best in that category. Their salaries also were nearly
identical, with both of their contracts running through the 2006-07 season.
"Calvin wanted and needed a change of address and I think Danny did too," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said.
Booth initially came to Dallas with Juwan Howard at the trade deadline in 2001. He played well the final 15 regular-season games, then in the playoffs
hit one of the most memorable shots in team history, a short jumper with 9.8 seconds left that won a first-round series over Utah. The Mavericks had
trailed 0-2 in that best-of-5 series and were down 17 late in that game.
[Edited on 7/26/2004 by Gibbs Baby!!!]