The Charlotte Bobcats sent forward Hakim Warrick to the Orlando Magic today in exchange for former Duke Blue Devils forward Josh McRoberts, team President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced late Thursday afternoon.
The 25 year old McRoberts was a second round pick, 37th overall, by the Portland Blazers in the 2007 draft and the Bobcats will be his fifth NBA team having also played for the Pacers and Lakers. In 41 games this season with three starts, the 6-foot-10, 240-pounder is averaging 3.9 points and 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 16.7 minutes per game.
“Josh McRoberts is a quality young big man who can play either post position for us,” Higgins said. “We look forward to adding his size and energy to our rotation.”
McRoberts played two years at Duke where he was a teammate of Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson during the 2006-07 season. His best NBA season came in 2010-11 when he averaged career highs of 7.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 22.2 minutes in 72 games played for the Pacers, including 51 starts.
Warrick is a seven-year pro having stints in Memphis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Phoenix and New Orleans before Charlotte acquired him on November 13, 2012 in exchange for Matt Carroll. He appeared in 27 games for the Bobcats, including 14 starts, and averaged 7.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 17.9 minutes.
Earlier in the day the Bobcats hosted a basketball clinic at the Presbyterian Hospital Training Center at the Time Warner Arena for more than 150 Special Olympics athletes from across North Carolina .
It is the ninth year of the clinic where the entire Bobcats team help the athletes develop their dribbling, passing, shooting, defensive and rebounding skills rotating through different stations.