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Background

2013-14 SEASON:
Appeared in 82 games (78 starts) for the Utah Jazz, averaged 10.1 points, 2,7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.2 blocks in 27.0 minutes ... Tallied 17 points and 2 rebounds @ OKC 3/30 … Scored a game-high 21 points vs. ORL 3/22 … Had 15 points vs. ATL 3/10 … Scored a game-high tying 17 points vs. PHX 2/26 … Had 19 points @ LAC 2/1 … Totaled 15 points, 5 assists and 4 boards @ SAS 1/15 … Posted 16 points vs. DEN 1/13 … Scored a team-high 18 points vs. CLE 1/10 … Recorded 16 points and 5 boards @ LAL 1/3 … Had 15 points @ LAC 12/28 … Tied team-high in scoring with 18 points @ MEM 12/23 … Scored a team-high 20 points @ SAC 12/11 … Had 15 points and 5 rebounds @ PHX 11/30 … Scored 15 points vs. CHI 11/25 … Had 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in a season-high 43 minutes vs. SAS 11/15 … Scored season-high 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting, with 4 assists vs. NOP 11/13 … Matched a career-high in steals with 5 @ BOS 11/6 … Had a team-high 18 points vs. HOU 11/2.

PREVIOUS SEASONS:
2012-13 (w/ Golden State): Appeared in 56 games (one start) with Golden State … Averaged 3.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 10.1 minutes … Scored a season-high 11 points at NO (1/19) ... In his lone start at CLE (1/29), scored three points in 21 minutes … Was a DNP-CD 19 times and missed seven games with a right calf strain (11/19-12/3) ...

2011-12 (w/ San Antonio and Golden State): Appeared in 63 games (44 starts) combined with the Spurs and Warriors, averaging 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 27.7 minutes … Played in 41 games (all starts) with the Spurs … Posted averages of 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 28.5 minutes … Ranked tied for 12th in the NBA in three-point percentage (.420), hitting over 40 percent of his shots from distance for the second consecutive season after not doing so in any of his first nine years in the league… Scored 10-plus points 26 times ... Missed two games with a right knee injury (4/14-4/16) and was a DNP-CD once (4/26) …

2010-11 (w/ San Antonio): Saw action in 81 games (all starts), averaging 11.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 30.4 minutes … Ranked tied for fourth in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (.440) … Scored in double figures 50 times, including four 20-plus games … Led San Antonio in scoring four times, rebounds four times, steals five times and blocks 11 times … Produced a season-high with 28 points in 34 minutes at PHX (11/3) ...

2009-10 (w/ San Antonio): Played in 81 games (70 starts) … Averaged 12.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 31.1 minutes per game … Scored in double figures 54 times, including eight 20-plus games … Recorded two double-doubles, while leading the team in scoring 10 times, rebounds five times, assists three times, steals 14 times and blocks 18 times … Posted a season-high 29 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 41 minutes vs. DAL (11/11) …

2008-09 (w/ Milwaukee): Appeared in 82 games (all starts), averaging 19.6 points (22nd in NBA), 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 35.8 minutes per game ... Ended the season with a streak of 185 consecutive games played … Performed in his 500th career game vs. BOS (11/15) … Led the Bucks in scoring a team-high 35 times … Twice scored a season-high 35 points: vs. GS (3/7) and vs. OKC (4/11) … Scored in double figures 77 times …

2007-08 (w/ New Jersey): Played in all 82 games (all starts) … Averaged 22.6 points (9th in NBA), 4.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists in 39.0 minutes per game ... Ranked ninth in the NBA in scoring and sixth in free throws made (542) ... Set Nets single-season franchise records for total minutes (3,200) and free throws made … Led New Jersey in scoring 43 times (including 13 of the team’s first 14 games) …

2006-07 (w/ New Jersey): Missed a total of 27 games due to injury; five games due to a sprained left ankle (11/12–11/18), one game due to a sore right ankle (12/15) and 21 games after having surgery to remove loose bodies from his right ankle … Appeared in 55 games (53 starts), averaging 16.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 35.6 minutes … Put together a season-high 35 points at WAS (4/10) …

2005-06 (w/ New Jersey): Played in 78 games (all starts), averaging a team second-best 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and a team third-best 3.8 assists in 39.2 minutes … His 39.2 minutes were a team-high … Produced one of his 20 double-doubles when he recorded a season-high 40 points to go along with 11 rebounds vs. CHA (4/6) …

2004-05 (w/ New Jersey): Despite appearing in only 33 games (all starts), averaged 22.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 41.1 minutes per game … Scored a career-high 42 points vs. CLE (12/12) ... Suffered a season-ending ruptured ligament in his left wrist (1/11) … Underwent surgery (1/20) and missed the remainder of the regular season …

2003-04 (w/ New Jersey): Played in 82 games (all starts), leading the Nets in scoring (18.5 points) and minutes (38.2), while ranking second on the team in rebounds (5.7) … Ranked 12th in the NBA in field goal percentage (.498) … Named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week (4/5) (after averaging 22.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists in four games with Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin out of the lineup) …

2002-03 (w/ New Jersey): Saw action in 80 games (all starts) … Posted averages of 15.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 36.0 minutes per game ... Named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week (3/31) (averaged 26.3 points and 5.3 rebounds as the Nets posted a 3-0 week) … Produced the lone triple-double of his career with 30 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in 47 minutes at HOU (3/31) … Scored 21 points as a member of the Sophomore Team in the Rookie Challenge at the 2003 All-Star Weekend … Also finished fourth in the Slam Dunk Contest …

2001-02 (w/ New Jersey): Appeared in 79 games (nine starts), averaging 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 24.3 minutes … Finished second in NBA Rookie of the Year voting (behind Memphis’ Pau Gasol) … Named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in January as well as earned a place on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team at season’s end.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
Selected by the Houston Rockets in the first round (13th overall pick) of the 2001 NBA Draft … Draft rights traded by the Rockets, along with the draft rights to Jason Collins and Brandon Armstrong, to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for the draft rights to Eddie Griffin on 6/27/01 … Traded by the Nets to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons on 6/26/08 … Traded by the Bucks to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Bruce Bowen, Fabricio Oberto and Kurt Thomas on 6/23/09 … Re-signed by the Spurs on 7/21/10 … Traded by the Spurs to the Golden State Warriors, along with T.J. Ford and a 2012 first round draft pick, in exchange for Stephen Jackson on 3/15/12 … Traded by the Warriors to the Utah Jazz, along with Andris Biedrins, Brandon Rush, two future unprotected first round picks (2014 and 2017) and two future second round picks (2016 and 2017) to the Jazz who also received a future second-round pick from the Denver Nuggets (2018) and cash considerations as part of a three-team trade on 7/10/13; in exchange, the Jazz re-signed free agent guard Randy Foye and traded him to the Nuggets, and sent guard Kevin Murphy to the Warriors; the Warriors also received Andre Iguodala from the Nuggets (via sign-and-trade agreement) while sending the Nuggets a future second-round pick (2018) ... Signed as a free agent with the Dallas Mavericks on 7/21/14.

COLLEGE:
Played three seasons at Arizona where he averaged 11.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 26.3 minutes in 84 games … Helped the Wildcats reach the NCAA Tournament three times, losing to Duke in the 2001 NCAA Championship Game ... As a junior, started 34 of 35 games, finishing second on the team in blocks (24), third in rebounding (5.4 rpg), third in assists (2.7 apg) and fourth in scoring (11.3 ppg), earning All-Midwest Regional Team honors … In the national semifinal against Michigan State, poured in 17 points, adding eight rebounds and two blocks ... Had a strong NCAA title game against Duke, scoring 15 of his 19 points in the second half, including sinking a career-best 4-of-8 three pointers while hauling in eight rebounds ... Named to All-Final Four Team in 2001 … Selected to All-Pac-10 Freshman Team in 1998–99 season.

PERSONAL:
Parents are non-denominational Christian missionaries … Has two older brothers … Traveled to Africa with parents on missionary work … Meekness LeCato, his mother, also received a Ph.D. in education … In addition to playing basketball, was a high jumper on his high school track team, recording a personal best jump of 6’10” … Had his #44 jersey retired by Moon Valley High School on 3/4/04 … Was inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Fame in February of 2012 … Enjoys playing volleyball and yoga … Aspires to a broadcasting career following his playing days, and has done NCAA Tournament analysis work.

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Vitals

Height: 6'7''/ 2.01m
Weight: 234 lbs./ 106.1 kg
Born: June 21, 1980
From: University of Arizona
Draft: 1st Round (13th pick) 2001 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2001
Years Pro: 13
Previous Teams:
  Utah Jazz 2014 - 2014
  Dallas Mavericks 2014 - 2014
  Utah Jazz 2013 - 2013
  Golden State Warriors 2012 - 2013
  More Previous Teams
Prior to NBA/Country: Arizona/USA

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