Warriors Trade Richardson to Bobcats; Mavs Hire Westphal as Assistant Coach

Associated Press
Friday, June 29, 2007

The Warriors traded guard Jason Richardson to the Bobcats last night for the rights to North Carolina forward Brandan Wright, the eighth overall pick.

Charlotte also got the rights to Alabama forward Jermareo Davidson, Golden State's choice with the 36th selection.

Richardson has spent all six of his NBA seasons with the Warriors, but returned slowly from knee surgery last season while Golden State built the team that ended the franchise's 12-year playoff drought. He averaged 16.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in 51 regular season games, then scored 19.1 points in 11 playoff games.

· HIRED: The Mavericks hired former NBA head coach Paul Westphal yesterday to be an assistant under Avery Johnson.

Westphal, out of the league since being fired as the SuperSonics' coach 15 games into the 2000-01 season, went 267-159 with the Suns (1992-95) and Seattle (1998-2000).

The Suns won at least 55 games in each of Westphal's three seasons, and he led Phoenix to the NBA Finals in his first full season in 1993 -- a feat not matched by another first-year coach until Johnson did it with the Mavericks last year.

Johnson still has one more vacancy to fill on his staff. Longtime assistant Del Harris has moved into a consultant's role for the Mavericks, and Sam Vincent was hired as the Bobcats' head coach.

Westphal, who won an NBA title as a player with the Boston in 1974 and was a five-time all-star, was Pepperdine's head coach from 2001 to '06.

· A DEAL: The Spurs have signed an agreement to purchase the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League from Southwest Basketball LLC, the league announced.

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