NBA Approves Raptors-Kings Trade
TORONTO (AP) _ Corliss Williamson finally joined the Toronto Raptors on Friday with the NBA’s approval of the trade that sends Doug Christie to the Sacramento Kings.
The deal was made Aug. 11, but wasn’t finalized until the NBA considered the salary-cap ramifications involving Williamson’s contract.
Williamson, 6-foot-7 and 245 pounds, will combine with Charles Oakley and Antonio Davis to give Toronto an intimidating physical presence.
``You have to go out and play hard every day, you can’t back down from anyone,″ Williamson said. ``That’s just part of the game and some teams will take advantage of that if you’re a weak team.
``The fact that this team is strong, I can come in and add my attitude to that as well.″
Williamson, 26, entering the final season of a two-year, $7.5 million contract, averaged 10.3 points last season. He averaged 17.7 points during the 1997-98 season.
``I feel in Sacramento my role was limited a little bit,″ he said. ``It was really hard to get the looks I wanted or people said I deserved. But this is a different situation for me and I just want to come in and do whatever I can to help this team win.″
Christie, 30, averaged 12.4 points, 4.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds last season.