Updated: Thursday, 27 Dec 2012, 5:35 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 27 Dec 2012, 5:35 PM EST
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Fort Wayne Mad Ants traded point guard Walker Russell, Jr. today to the Reno Bighorns for Anthony Richardson and Jack McClinton. Richardson will join the team for this Friday's game against the Texas Legends and McClinton will join the team after this weekend.
Russell has been a staple with the Mad Ants over the course of its five and a half seasons, and he has been one of the team's most decorated players.
He has been named to the NBA D-League All Star team multiple teams and received a Gatorade Call Up last season to the Detroit Pistons.
"I would like to thank Walker for all his contributions to the Mad Ants since our inception," said Mad Ants President Jeff Potter. "It is never easy to trade someone like Walker, but I think the organization needs to go in another direction and trading Walker was a step I felt needed to be taken to make that happen."
Richardson is a 6'8 forward who played at Florida State and is in his second season in the D-League. He currently averages 11.1 points per game, and he will provide a veteran presence, as well as an ability to stretch the court for the Ants.
McClinton is a former second round draft pick for the San Antonio Spurs out of the University of Miami, where he was a two-time All-ACC First Team performer. McClinton was a first round pick in this year's draft for the Reno Bighorns, but he has had a slow start this season due to injury and NBA assignments affecting his playing time.
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