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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Clippers Swap Manning For Wilkins

LOS ANGELES -- The Danny Manning sweepstakes went to the wire, and the Atlanta Hawks won by surrendering the best player in franchise history.


The Hawks sent Dominique Wilkins and a No. 1 draft choice to the Los Angeles Clippers for Manning on the final day trades were allowed by the NBA.


There were two other deals. The Utah Jazz acquired shooting guard Jeff Hornacek and swingman Sean Green from the Philadelphia 76ers for guard Jeff Malone and a No. 1 draft pick. And the Milwaukee Bucks sent center-forward Frank Brickowski to the Charlotte Hornets for Mike Gminski and a No. 1 pick.


The Manning trade had been expected because he refused to re-sign with the Clippers. He and Wilkins will become unrestricted free agents at season's end, free to sign anywhere with their teams receiving no compensation.


Houston, Portland and Miami were among the other teams vying for Manning. Asked why he accepted Atlanta's offer, Clippers vice president Elgin Baylor said: "Because Dominique is the best player."The acquisition of Manning will bring a dramatic change to the Hawks, who were tied Thursday with Chicago and New York for best record in the Eastern Conference. Wilkins, despite averaging about five points less than last year, was still Atlanta's primary offensive weapon. He was scoring 24.4 points in 49 games.


Manning averaged 23.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 38 minutes a game for Los Angeles.