Grizzlies send Swift to Nets for Collins

Society Materials 5 February 2008 07:01 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - The Memphis Grizzlies continued to clean house, sending forward Stromile Swift to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for centre Jason Collins and cash considerations, general manager Chris Wallace announced Monday.

"We are pleased to add a veteran big man with Jason's team defensive skills and outstanding intangibles to the Grizzlies," Wallace said. "He has considerable playoff experience with the Nets and will add depth and a defensive presence at the centre position. The entire organization wishes Stromile all the best with the Nets."

The Swift deals comes after the Grizzlies shipped former rookie of the year and all-star forward-centre Pau Gasol to the LA Lakers on Friday for Kwame Brown, rookie Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie and draft choices.

Swift was the second overall pick in the 2000 NBA draft but hasn't lived up to his billing. In his eight seasons with the Grizzlies and Houston Rockets, the 6-foot-10 forward owns career averages of 8.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 507 games.

In 35 games this season, Swift is averaging 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1 block in 15.7 minutes.

In his seven seasons with the Nets, the defensive-minded Collins has averaged 4.4 points, 4.5 rebounds in 510 games.

Nets President Rod Thorn said said Swift "will add athleticism and experience to our frontcourt rotation.