Originally created 01/03/01

Cavs get Jackson from Hawks



CLEVELAND -- Jim Jackson returned to his basketball roots Tuesday when he was acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks for point guard Brevin Knight.

The Cavaliers also got guards Anthony Johnson and Larry Robinson from the Hawks for Knight, who has been bothered by a sore knee this season.

In addition, Cleveland waived forward J.R. Reid and guard Michael Hawkins to make room for Jackson, who was not expected to arrive in Cleveland in time for Tuesday night's game against the Houston Rockets.

Jackson, a 6-foot-6 guard, is joining his sixth team and has averaged 17.4 points a game during his nine NBA seasons. He is from Toledo and was an All-American at Ohio State before turning pro in 1992.

With 7-3 center Zydrunas Ilgauskas out indefinitely with a broken foot, the Cavs were looking for scoring help. And the 30-year-old Jackson, who can post up smaller guards, should be a nice fit.

The Cavs have been shopping Knight, their point guard for 2« seasons, for the past year after he lost his starting job to Andre Miller.

Knight's departure clears out some salary-cap room for the Cavs, who have traded Shawn Kemp, Bob Sura and their big contracts since the end of last season.

Jackson, twice the Big Ten's Player of the Year, was originally drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in 1992. He has also played for New Jersey, Philadelphia, Golden State and Portland.

He averaged 14.3 points in 17 games this season for the Hawks. He has been on the injured list twice this season and has missed 13 games because of a sprained right knee. Jackson scored a season-high 34 points against the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 10.

Knight was selected in the first round of the 1997 draft by Cleveland. He underwent surgery on his right knee in August and has been bothered by soreness most of this season. Knight appeared in just six games with the Cavs.

The Hawks had been looking for a point guard after moving Jason Terry to shooting guard. Matt Maloney had been running Atlanta's offense.

"Matt Maloney has done a very good job for us at the point, but he can't do it by himself," Hawks general manager Pete Babcock said.

Knight was signed by the Cavs to a four-year, $20 million contract extension before last season. He had been said to be on his way to several teams but the Cavs couldn't close a deal. Knight visited Toronto this summer, but his knee was a worry to the Raptors.

"Our doctors did all the research and obviously they don't have any questions about it," Babcock said. "He is all healed up, the prognosis is really positive."

Knight is expected to join the Hawks in time for Wednesday night's game at Philadelphia. With his playing time reduced, he said several times this season he would welcome a trade.

"I don't want to speak for Brevin, but we think this is a great opportunity for him," Babcock said.