Philadelphia 76ers Trade Guard Jerry Stackhouse and Center Eric Montross to the Detroit
Dec. 18, 1997
Philadelphia 76ers Trade Guard Jerry Stackhouse and Center Eric Montross to the Detroit Pistons for Forward Theo Ratliff and Guard Aaron McKie
Stackhouse and center Eric Montross were traded to the Pistons for center Theo Ratliff, guard Aaron McKie and future draft considerations.
Stackhouse, taken third overall in the 1995 draft, left North Carolina after his sophomore season. His splashy style of play was believed to be a dynamic addition to the stumbling 76ers, who have not had a winning season since 1990-91.
Stackhouse was the second leading scorer of the 76ers with 16.0 average and a career-high .452 percentage from the field.
76ers coach Larry Brown said on Wednesday that the club had been talking seriously about a deal for three days. Stackhouse had long been considered trade bait and can become a free agent in July.
``Since I've been here, I haven't had an opportunity to fulfill my potential,'' said Stackhouse, who averaged 20.7 points in 81 games last season.
Montross was acquired by the 76ers in the blockbuster 1997 draft-day trade with the New Jersey Nets for primarily Keith Van Horn.
Montross, who played with Stackhouse for one season at North Carolina in 1993-94, averaged 17 minutes per game with a 3.4 scoring average.
Theo Ratliff, who led the Pistons with 55 blocked shots and 5.0 rebounds per game, gives the 76ers needed help underneath. McKie, a Philadelphia native who played at Temple, averaged 4.5 points in 20 minutes per game.