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Cavs Acquire Welsch From Celtics

February 24, 2005

CLEVELAND (AP) _ The Cleveland Cavaliers addressed their need for an outside shooter Thursday by acquiring guard Jiri Welsch from the Boston Celtics for a 2007 first-round draft pick.

Welsch, who started for Boston earlier this season, should help the Cavaliers improve their 3-point shooting. The club is 27th out of 30 teams in the NBA on 3-pointers. Welsch has made 32 of 99 3-point attempts this season.

Welsch was dropped from the Celtics’ starting lineup last month when the team changed its rotation. He’s likely to come off the bench for the Cavaliers, whose reserves have scored just 14 points in Cleveland’s last two games.

The No. 16 overall pick in the 2002 draft by Philadelphia, Welsch also has played for Golden State and Dallas.

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