Toronto Raptors Trade Kapono to 76ers for Evans

Jason Coldiron@@tweetme1979Correspondent IJune 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)

Today the Toronto Raptors traded sharpshooter Jason Kapono to the Philadelphia 76ers for rebounding machine Reggie Evans.

Kapono, two-time winner of the NBA's Long Distance Shootout at All-Star Weekend and a career 45.4 percent marksman from three-point range was the shooter sought by the 76ers to give them the outside presence they have lacked since trading away Kyle Korver.

"We are very excited to add one of the league's most prolific three-point shooters in Jason Kapono," Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski said. "We feel that this move addresses our goal of improving our shooting from the perimeter. (ESPN)

The Raptors add, in Evans, a rebounder to help Chris Bosh and save 2.8 million in cap space.

"Reggie Evans will certainly add an element of toughness to our team," Raptors president Bryan Colangelo said in a statement Tuesday. "He has very good rebounding and defensive instincts, addressing two areas where we have underperformed." (ESPN)

This is the first formalized trade in what could be a busy and exciting offseason.


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