Aaron Williams dealt to Hornets

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

Wayne Embry was known more for his physical presence on the court during his 11-year career in the NBA, than his speed.

His nickname, after all, was The Wall.

But as a general manager, he's pretty quick.

Embry replaced the fired Rob Babcock on an interim basis last Thursday and already has made the first deal of his short tenureship.

Embry pulled off a advantageous deal for the Raptors yesterday by acquiring two future second-round draft picks from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for centre Aaron Williams. The first pick will be in this year's draft and originally was the property of the Miami Heat. The other pick is the Hornets' 2009 selection.

Williams, 34, was one of the two players the Raptors received in the ill-advised trade they made with the New Jersey Nets on Dec.17, 2004 for Vince Carter. Toronto also picked up two first-round draft picks in that deal. Since arriving in Toronto, the 6-foot-9 Williams has seen little playing time and has not made much of an impact .

"We are a team in transition and need to play our young guys," Embry said. "Out of respect to Aaron, I thought it best for him to be with a team where he has a chance to play and that is in a playoff hunt."

Williams played in 14 games with the Raptors this season where he averaged 1.8 points, 1.1 rebounds and 7.1 minutes. In 37 games in a Toronto uniform, Williams averaged 1.7 points, 1.2 rebounds and 7.2 minutes. He will be reunited with Hornets head coach Byron Scott who was his coach for four seasons with the Nets. In his 12th NBA season, Williams has played in 613 regular season and 53 playoff games.

Eric Williams, who also came to Toronto in the Carter trade, has let it be known that he wants to be traded.


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