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Warriors, Mavericks shuffle the deck to fill holes

Posted: Friday August 15, 2003 11:47 PM
Updated: Saturday August 16, 2003 12:06 AM
  Nick Van Exel Van Exel was a playoff hero for the Mavs, averaging 19.5 points a game. Glenn James/NBAE/
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DALLAS (AP) -- An eight-player trade reportedly in the works will send the Dallas Mavericks' Nick Van Exel to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Antawn Jamison, according to published reports.

The Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in their online editions Friday night that Chris Mills, Danny Fortson and Jiri Welsch will also come to Dallas in exchange for Avery Johnson, Evan Eschmeyer and Popeye Jones.

Mavericks coach Don Nelson referred a call from The Associated Press to his son, Donnie Nelson. Repeated attempts by the AP to reach Donnie Nelson by telephone Friday night were unsuccessful. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban did not immediately respond to an e-mail sent to him Friday night.

Messages left for Warriors general manager Garry St. Jean and other team executives were not immediately returned Friday night.

The 6-foot-9 inch Jamison gives the Mavericks more size while maintaining scoring power. He is also more than four years younger than Van Exel, who turns 32 in November.

Jamison was the Warriors leading scorer last season, averaging more than 22 points per game. Van Exel, who came to Dallas from Denver in a seven-player trade in February 2002, was the Mavericks' leading scorer off the bench last season.

Over the past four seasons, Mills has missed 178 games due to injury and the forward averaged just 4.8 points last season for Golden State. Welsch was the first round pick of the 2002 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and was immediately traded to Golden State. He came to the NBA after five seasons in Europe. Fortson averaged 3.5 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game in 2002-03.

Johnson, 38, Jones and Eschmeyer all saw only limited action for the Mavericks last season. Johnson was the leading scorer of the trio last season averaging 3.3 points.

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