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Hawks, Kings make four-player deal // Atlanta adds Kenny Smith to strengthen backcourt

Published Oct. 16, 2005

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Atlanta bolstered its backcourt and Sacramento strengthened its frontline Tuesday in a four-player deal that sent guard Kenny Smith to the Hawks and forward Antoine Carr to the Kings. The Kings also obtained reserve guard Sedric Toney and a second-round 1991 draft pick, while the Hawks got rookie forward Mike Williams.

The Hawks, fourth in the Central Division, needed help in the backcourt because of injuries to John Battle and Doc Rivers. Smith, a first-round pick in 1987 from North Carolina, was averaging 15 points and a team-leading 6.6 assists for Sacramento.

"It gives us three quality NBA point guards at a time when it's a difficult commodity to obtain one," Atlanta general manager Stan Kasten said.

The Kings, last in the Pacific Division, wanted another big man to complement Wayman Tisdale, Rodney McCray and Greg Kite in the frontcourt. Rookie center Pervis Ellison has been out almost all season because of a foot injury.

Carr, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound veteran, was averaging 7.6 points and 3.4 rebounds for the Hawks.

"We think the world of Kenny Smith and we think this will benefit him a great deal," said Jerry Reynolds, the Kings' player personnel director. "But for our benefit, we have the pieces in place for a more skilled frontline, which is how you must start basketball teams."

Carr, who was seeking more playing time, was pleased with the trade.

"It's something that will help me and help the team," he said. "I'm glad it went down. It was kind of hard to get those minutes because we had such great players. Now I can get some minutes and prove to people what I can do."

Williams and Toney have seen limited action this season.

Toney, a third-year player from Dayton, averaged 2.8 points and 1.6 assists as the Hawks' backup point guard. Williams, called up in December from the Continental Basketball Association, had averaged less than a point per game since joining the Kings.

"We're real pleased with the acquisition of Sedric Toney," Sacramento coach Dick Motta said. "He's done a nice backup job for the Hawks and he'll have the same opportunity here."

Smith was runner-up to the Hawks' Dominique Wilkins in the slam dunk competition on Saturday prior to the NBA All-Star Game.

Around the league

Spurs: San Antonio guard and former University of Florida star Vernon Maxwell said he did not instigate a fight that resulted in a fan filing an assault complaint against him.

Anthony Jones filed a police complaint stating Maxwell punched him and pushed him into a car at a local nightclub, breaking two of Jones' teeth.

"I just broke up a fight," Maxwell said. "I didn't hit him. He and another guy were fighting on my car and I broke it up."

Bucks: The team has extended the contract of 7-foot forward/center Brad Lohaus for two years. Lohaus was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a trade for Randy Breuer on Jan. 4.

He would have become a restricted free agent after the current season, but is now under contract through 1991-92. Terms were not disclosed.

Players association: Simon Gourdine, former deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the NBA, was named general counsel of the NBA Players Association.