Antonio Davis Davis to Raptors

August 1,

In a deal that was completed on Draft Day, June 30th, the Indiana Pacers traded F Antonio Davis to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for F Jonathan Bender (5th overall pick in 1999 NBA Draft).

1999 - ‘00 Salaries:

Antonio Davis, Tor.:$4.5 M

Jonathan Bender, Ind.: $2.214 M

Who got the better of the deal?



In Davis, the Raptors obtained a veteran big man who is a solid rebounder and defender. Davis, 6’8, is very strong and has the ability to defend power forwards and centers. He’s younger and quicker than F Charles Oakley. Oakley may decide to sign with another club if he’s not satisfied with Toronto’s salary offer.

“Antonio Davis brings the veteran leadership, experience and toughness that will help us build on the progress we made as a team last year,” Toronto general manager Glen Grunwald said.

Pacers’ Head Coach Larry Bird wanted to get younger and more athletic. The 6’11, 200 pound Bender definitely meets that criteria. As a 18 year old, Indiana does not have any misperceptions that Bender will be a major contributor to the club this season; however, with Jonathan’s shooting touch and range as well as his overall basketball skills, the Pacers believe Bender will be a very good player in the future.

“Ultimately I think he has a chance to be a star player, and that's why we did it,” Pacers President Donnie Walsh said.

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