Trade Alert: 76ers Get Shooter, Raptors Get Mean

Michael KarapetianContributor IIJune 9, 2009

PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 14: Jason Kapono of the Toronto Raptors participates in the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout on All-Star Saturday Night, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 14, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The first deal of the National Basketball Association's 2009 offseason has been reportedly completed. According to Doug Smith, the Toronto Raptors have traded sharpshooter, Jason Kapono to the Philadelphia 76ers for Reggie Evans.

Hardly in the NBA do you see a trade which benefits both teams, but this one does. For the 76ers, they get what they lacked by acquiring a sharpshooter to spread the floor for Elton Brand, who is returning from his second major injury in back to back seasons.

On the flip side, the Raptors get some toughness up front, which they lacked with Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani. Evans has always been known for gobbling up every possible rebound.