Sixers Trade Green and Smith to Hornets

The Sixers, this morning, have traded G Willie Green and C Jason Smith to the New Orleans Hornets for Craig Brackins and Darius Songaila.

Brackins is a 6’10″ Forward, drafted in June by Oklahoma City, and traded immediately to New Orleans.  He played his college ball at Iowa St.  He’s seen as a project with a very high upside.

Songaila, a Lithuanian, played at Wake Forest, and is a 6’9″ Forward with an expiring contract.  He was drafted by Boston in 2002, who dealt his rights to Sacramento.  Songaila played in Russia in ’02-’03, with CSKA Moscow, before eventually signing with the Kings.  He’s also played for Chicago, Washington, and Minnesota before being traded to the Hornets in September of 2009.

Green was drafted by the then-Seattle Supersonics in the 2nd Round of the ’03 draft (41st overall), and traded to the Sixers for the draft rights to Paccelis Morlende, and cash.  Smith is a 7-footer from Colorado St., who was drafted in the 1st Round of the 2007 draft (20th overall) by Miami, and traded to the Sixers on draft night for Daequan Cook.

  • Buck

    I must say, I’m happy to see the Sixers shed some of that dead weight (Green), but do you think that Brackins can bounce back after a couple rough years in college?

    • Jason Quint

      Brackins has a nice game, I watched him whenever he was on TV the last few years. He was asked to do a little too much at Iowa State, and he’ll need to bulk up for sure to be able to handle the strength of NBA forwards, but hes as creative a scorer as there is for that size. I look forward to seeing him progress, and I really like the trade.