The Philadelphia 76ers traded guards Maurice Cheeks and Dav
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The Philadelphia 76ers traded guards Maurice Cheeks and David Wingate and center Chris Welp to the San Antonio Spurs Monday for guard Johnny Dawkins and forward Jay Vincent.
Cheeks and Welp were first-round draft picks by the Sixers in 1978 and 1987. Wingate was a second-round pick in 1986. Cheeks was the last member of the 1983 NBA championship team still on the Philadelphia roster.
John Nash, the Sixers general manager, said Cheeks had not been told of the trade by the time the announcement was made at a 2 p.m. EDT press conference. Nash said he decided to go ahead anyway because the Spurs had also scheduled their own announcement.
Coach ″Jimmy Lynam is camped on Maurice’s doorstep because we have been unable to track him down,″ Nash said.
In Dawkins, the Sixers will get a young point guard to replace the aging Cheeks.
″I think he believes he can play another three years - this season and two more,″ Nash said of Cheeks.
Dawkins will probably start this coming season, with Hersey Hawkins as the other guard, the general manager said. Dawkins averaged 17.7 points through the first 23 games last season before developing a nerve problem in his left leg and foot. He missed 50 of the next 59 games.
Nash said he was told that Dawkins has fully recovered, but the trade is subject to both Dawkins and Vincent passing physicals.