Former Syracuse Orange PG Jason Hart Traded to Phoenix

Ryan MaloneyContributor IIDecember 30, 2009

21 Feb 1999:  Jason Hart #5 of the Syracuse Orangemen dribbles the ball as he walks down the court during the game against the UCLA Bruins at the Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, California. The Bruins defeated the Orangemen 93-69. Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck  /Allsport
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The Minnesota Timberwolves' website announced two trades involving former Syracuse point guard Jason Hart yesterday.  One of the deals actually went through.

From the AP:

Hours after mistakenly letting a release leak on the team Web site announcing a trade with New Orleans that never came to fruition, the Timberwolves did ship Hart out after all, to the Suns.

Instead of ending up with Devin Brown from the Hornets, the Wolves landed Alando Tucker, a second-round pick and cash considerations from Phoenix.

Timberwolves president David Kahn was in talks with the Hornets about acquiring Brown, a 6-foot-5 guard shooting a career-high 41 percent from 3-point range this season. The Hornets were looking to dump Brown's $1.1 million salary and the Wolves needed perimeter shooting.

Kahn went so far as to prepare a statement for the deal.

"Jason has been the consummate professional during his time with us, but it was a rare opportunity to add a proven player with 3-point shooting capabilities that will help our offense," Kahn said. "Devin should be a nice addition to our team defensively, as well. He has a reputation as a tough kid and hard-nosed defender."

Just one problem-the deal wasn't done. The release somehow found its way into cyberspace, and the trade never materialized. So it was removed from the site and the Wolves eventually announced a deal with the Suns for Tucker, a 6-6 forward that has had trouble finding playing time in three seasons in Phoenix.


So rather than go from the worst to the 12th-best team in the Western Conference, Hart goes from the worst to the fourth-best team in the Western Conference.  Not a bad deal for the Syracuse University All-Century Team member.  This marks the ninth different team that Hart has played for in as many seasons in the NBA.