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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Philadelphia acquired Darius Songaila

Philadelphia, Pa. – September 23, 2010 – Philadelphia 76ers President Rod Thorn announced today that the team has acquired forwards Darius Songaila and Craig Brackins from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for guard Willie Green and forward/center Jason Smith.


We made the move for these two players to add additional depth to our front court and to add out-court shooting, which was an area that we felt needed improving,” Thorn said. “Songaila is a hard-working, veteran forward who will give us another option up front and Brackins is a rookie that we feel has a chance to develop into a very productive player at this level.


“On behalf of the Sixers, I want to thank Willie Green and Jason Smith for their contributions and professionalism during their time with us.”

Songaila (6-9/248) is set to enter his eighth NBA season. In 485 games played with 79 starts for Sacramento, Chicago, Washington and New Orleans, he has averaged 7.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.9 minutes per game while shooting 49.9% from the floor and 84.6% from the line.

A native of Lithuania, Songaila attended high school in the United States and went on to star at Wake Forest, earning Honorable Mention All-America honors from The Associated Press his senior season. He has been a member of the Lithuanian National Team since 1998 and has played in the past three Olympic Games (2000, 2004 and 2008). Songaila was originally the 50th overall pick by the Boston Celtics in the 2002 NBA Draft.


source : nba.com

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