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Knicks deal Van Horn to Bucks

Five players, future pick included in three-team swap

February 16, 2004

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— Isiah Thomas made yet another move Sunday in his transformation of the New York Knicks, trading Keith Van Horn to Milwaukee and acquiring Tim Thomas in a three-way deal that also involved the Atlanta Hawks.

New York also received center Nazr Mohammed from Atlanta, while the Hawks acquired Michael Doleac from the Knicks and Joel Przybilla from Milwaukee. New York also sent a 2005 second-round draft pick to Atlanta.

It's the third trade made by Thomas, who also has changed coaches, since taking over as team president in late December. Only seven players who were with the Knicks then remain on their roster.

This latest deal gives New York a new starting small forward in Tim Thomas and a new backup center in Mohammed. Both could be in uniform Tuesday against Detroit.

Van Horn was averaging 16.4 points for New York, third on the team behind Stephon Marbury and Allan Houston. He was acquired last summer in a multi-team deal that sent Latrell Sprewell to Minnesota.

Van Horn scored 20 or more points in three of the Knicks' final six games before the All-Star break, tying his season-high of 30 in a Jan. 31 victory over Phoenix. He was New York's second-leading rebounder, averaging 7.3.

The Bucks will become the fourth team Van Horn has played for since being the No. 2 overall pick of the 1997 draft. He spent five seasons in New Jersey and one in Philadelphia.

Tim Thomas was averaging 14.1 points and 4.9 rebounds for Milwaukee, where the seventh-year forward had spent the past 41/2 seasons. This is the second time Van Horn and Thomas have been traded for each other, the previous deal coming on draft night in 1997.

Doleac was averaging 5.0 points and 4.1 points as the backup to Dikembe Mutombo.

Mohammed was averaging 6.5 points and 5.0 rebounds as a backup in Atlanta, which has undergone its own roster overhaul in the past week.

Przybilla, in his fourth year, appeared in only five games for the Bucks this season, scoring one point.

Milwaukee has been one of the surprise teams in the Eastern Conference, going into the All-Star break with a 27-24 record. The Knicks (25-29) have climbed into second place in the Atlantic Division, while the Hawks (18-35) are 21 games behind Indiana in the Central.

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