Toronto Sends Pinckney and Massenburg To Philadelphia For Wright
Feb. 22, 1996
TORONTO (AP) _ The Toronto Raptors traded forwards Ed Pinckney and Tony Massenburg to the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Sharone Wright Thursday.
The Sixers also will have the right to swap first-round draft picks with Toronto this year or in 1997 and have a second-round option in either of those years.
Wright, a 6-foot-11, 260-pound second-year pro, is a solid rebounder who was Philadelphia's first-round pick, sixth overall, in the 1994 draft.
The former Clemson player was chosen to the NBA's second team all-rookie team last year. In 46 games this season with the Sixers, he averaged 3.8 rebounds and 10.5 points.
In 79 games in his rookie season, he averaged 11.4 points and 5.9 rebounds while playing about 26 minutes per game.
He was slowed by a sprained shoulder late in the season and had surgery to correct the problem at the end of the year.
``Sharone Wright was one of the premier players in the 1994 draft lottery,'' Raptors general manager Isiah Thomas said. ``He gives us a powerful presence on the front line.
``At only 23 years old, he has the potential to be a top scorer and rebounder in this league.''
Pinckney and Massenburg, who shared the power forward position with the Raptors, will be free agents at the end of this season.
Massenburg assumed the starting role after returning from a broken foot in December, replacing Pinckney.
Pinckney had seen his minutes dwindle further as Toronto coach Brendan Malone used Zan Tabak in an increasing role at power forward.
Wright still has four years left on a contract that will guarantee him more than $15 million.
This was the second trade Thomas completed in less than a week. On Sunday, he shipped forward Willie Anderson and center Victor Alexander to the New York Knicks for guard Doug Christie and center Herb Williams.