Toronto Expands Quickly, Getting Five for Armstrong

Associated Press

The NBA lifted its lockout Monday, and the deals began in a hurry.

The Toronto Raptors traded B.J. Armstrong, their first pick in the expansion draft, to the Golden State Warriors for two players and the rights to three 1995 second-round draft picks.

Toronto, which begins play this season, obtained centers Victor Alexander and Carlos Rogers, and the rights to forwards Dwayne Whitfield, Martin Lewis and Michael McDonald.

"Five for one is a good deal any way you look at it and we got some talented players too," Toronto Coach Brendan Malone said.

Anticipating the trade of Armstrong, the Raptors drafted Arizona's 5-foot-10 guard Damon Stoudamire with their first pick in the 1995 entry draft. The selection was booed by the fans in Toronto, where the draft was held.

The Sacramento Kings acquired guard Sarunas Marciulionis and forward Byron Houston from the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for veteran forward Frank Brickowski.

Marciulionis will back up all-star Mitch Richmond at shooting guard for the Kings. Houston will be joining his third team in four years.

Brickowski, 36, did not play a regular-season game for Seattle last season after suffering a dislocated right shoulder in an exhibition game.

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