Bucks Trade Pierce to SuperSonics for Ellis in an Exchange of Guards

<i> Associated Press</i>

The Milwaukee Bucks on Friday traded guard Ricky Pierce to the Seattle SuperSonics for guard Dale Ellis.

The deal depends on each player passing his new team’s physical examination, the Bucks said, adding they expect Ellis to be available for Milwaukee’s game Sunday in Orlando.

The 6-foot-7 Ellis, 30, traded by the Dallas Mavericks to Seattle in 1986, was averaging slightly more than 15 points for the Sonics. He was sidelined for the first 17 games of the season because of a foot injury.

Pierce, 31, acquired by Milwaukee in a 1984 trade with the then-San Diego Clippers, led the Bucks this season with a 22.5 average.


The 6-foot-4 Pierce received the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1987 and 1990 and was on the Eastern Conference roster for the All-Star game last weekend.

There has been speculation in Milwaukee for more than two weeks that Pierce would be traded. The Bucks had refused to renegotiate his contract.