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Background

DRAFTED:
10th overall (first round) by Miami in 2002.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
Selected by Miami in the first-round (10th overall pick) of the 2002 NBA Draft ... Traded to L.A. Lakers along with Lamar Odom, Brian Grant, a first-round pick and a second-round pick in exchange for Shaquille O'Neal (7/14/05) ... Traded along with Chucky Atkins to Washington in exchange for Kwame Brown and Laron Profit (8/2/05) ... Signed contract extension (10/31/05) ... Traded along with Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson and cash considerations to Dallas in exchange for Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross and James Singleton (2/13/10).


PROFESSIONALLY:
Is a two-time NBA All-Star (2007, 2008) ... Is joined by LeBron James as the only two players in the NBA to average at least 20 points, six rebounds and four assists per game in each of the last two seasons ... Was the only NBA player to average at least 20 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals per game in 2007-08, and became the first player to do so since LeBron James and Larry Hughes in 2004-05 ... Recorded his first three career triple-doubles in 2007-08 ... Was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week of 1/15/07 ... 1/21/07 Combined with Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison to form the highest-scoring teammate trio in the NBA (67.4 points per game) in 2005-06 ... Named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2002-03.


2011-12 (Clippers): Averaged 12.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 29.7 minutes in 60 games (60 starts) ... Third on Clippers in 3-point shooting percentage (38.4%) ... Led Clippers in scoring four times, rebounds two times, assists one time and steals eight times ... Had nine games with 20+ points and reached double-figures in scoring a total of 40 times ... 12/25/11 at Golden State, made Clippers debut recording a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds ... 12/30/11 vs. Chicago, had 16 points (6-11 FG, 1-4 3PT, 3-4 FT) in 38:58 ... 1/7/12 vs. Milwaukee, had 20 points (7- 15 FG, 2-6 3PT, 4-4 FT) ... 1/16/12 vs. New Jersey, scored 15 of his 20 points in the 1st quarter ... Missed 1/20/12 vs. MIN due to Hyperextended right knee suffered on 1/17/12 vs. UT. ... 1/30/12 vs. Oklahoma City, had 22 points and scored 10,000th NBA point on 3- pointer with 5:50 remaining in 1st quarter ... Received 2011 NBA Championship ring from Dallas Mavericks in pre-game ceremony on 2/13/12. Had game-high 23 points and 8 rebounds. Missed go-ahead 3PT with 3.9 seconds remaining ... 4/4/12 vs. Lakers, had season-high 28 points (9-18 FG, 4-8 3PT, 6-6 FT) ... Playoffs: Averaged 8.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 26.8 minutes in 10 games played …suffered a fractured fifth metacarpal in his left hand with 2:38 remaining in the third quarter of last night’s 99-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in game one of their first round playoff series…missed game two of the series, but came back to play in each game during the remainder of the Clippers’ playoff run.


2010-11 (Dallas): Averaged 15.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 29.9 minutes in 29 games played (29 starts) ... Missed the final 53 games of the season after suffering a ruptured right patellar tendon on 1/1/11 at Milwaukee ... Shot .450 FG, .431 3FG and .773 FT on the year ... 11/27/10 vs. Miami, scored 23 points in 37 minutes ... 12/30/10 vs. San Antonio, tallied 30 points in 39 minutes played ... PLAYOFFS: Did not play due to injury during the Dallas Mavericks run to the 2011 NBA Championship.


2009-10:
Averaged 16.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 37.6 minutes in 74 starts while shooting 42.8% (450-1051 FGs) from the floor, 29.0% (42-145 3FGs) from 3-point range and 83.8% (264-315 FTs) from the line for WAS and DAL ... Before being traded to DAL, started 47 games with WAS and averaged 16.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 39.3 minutes ... In 27 starts with DAL, averaged 15.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 34.5 minutes ... Among NBA leaders, ranked in steals per game (12th) and in minutes per game (14th) ... 24 games with 20+ points (8 with DAL), 1 game with 30 points, 4 games with 4+ steals, 9 double-doubles ... 28 points (13-22 FGs, 2-2 FTs), 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals in 46 minutes at GS (12/18/09) ... Season-high 31 points (11-22 FGs, 1-4 3FGs, 8-8 FTs), 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 43 minutes at ORL (2/5/10) ... Made Mavericks debut at OKC (2/16/10) and registered 13 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block and 31 minutes in the start ... 20 points (7-13 FGs, 6-8 FTs), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 42 minutes vs. MIA (2/20/10) ... 22 points (10-16 FGs, 2-2 FTs), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 33 minutes at CHA (3/1/10) ... 24 points (10-17 FGs, 3-4 3FGs, 1-2 FTs), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 39 minutes at CHI (3/6/10) ... 23 points (9-19 FGs, 3-6 3FGs, 2-2 FTs), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 42 minutes at MIN (3/8/10) ... 27 points (6-11 FGs, 1-2 3FGs, season-highs 14-16 FTs), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 35 minutes vs. CHI (3/17/10) ... Game-high 25 points (11-19 FGs, 1-4 3FGs, 2-3 FTs), 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 36 minutes at POR (3/25/10) ... 11 points (4-10 FGs, 1-2 3FGs, 2-4 FTs), 13 rebounds (10 DR), 2 steals for 9th double-double (1st with DAL) at MEM (3/31/10) ... Team-best 23 points (10-17 FGs, 3-4 FTs) including 17 in 1st half, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block in 33 minutes vs. MEM (4/7/10) ... Team-high 20 points (7-12 FGs, 6-8 FTs), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block and 39 minutes vs. SA (4/14/10) ... DND-reaction to medication vs. LAL (2/24/10) and at ATL (2/26/10), DND-right hip flexor strain at LAC (4/12/10).


2008-09:
Averaged a career-high 20.8 points per game ... Was joined by LeBron James as the only two players in the NBA to average 20+ points, 6+ rebounds and 4+ assists per game ... Hit two game-winning shots at the buzzer (vs. IND on 2/8, at TOR on 4/10) ... Scored 30+ points 11 times, including a season-high 39 at BOS (4/15) ... Notched 11 double-doubles ... Ranked among the Top 20 in the NBA in minutes per game (sixth, 38.6) and total steals (18th, 106) ... Missed a total of 15 games due to illness/injury (three - sprained left ankle, 12/27-12/30; two - flu, 2/4-2/6; 10 - left hamstring, 3/2-3/6, 3/15-3/25).


2007-08:
Made his second consecutive All-Star appearance ... Averaged 20.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 58 regular season games (58 starts) ... Joined LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter as the only four players in the NBA to average 20+ points, 6+ rebounds and 4+ assists per game ... Shot a career-high .901 from the free throw line (6th in the NBA) ... Recorded his first three career triple-doubles ... Had 17 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists at LAL (3/30)...Scored a career-high 40 points in a career-high 50:39 minutes at MIL (1/27) ... Recorded a triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists vs. CHI (12/19)...Scored 35 points and connected on a career-high five three-point field goals at DAL (11/26)...Recorded his first career triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists vs. GS (11/23)...Scored 39 points at CHA (11/21) ... Missed 24 games (Wizards went 10-14) due to injury (sprained ankles, 12/22; hip flexor strain, 1/29-2/1, 2/6-3/11; left hamstring strain, 3/31; bruised right knee, 4/12-16).


2006-07:
Made his first career All-Star appearance ... Averaged 19.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals in 39.3 minutes per game, all career highs ... Appeared in 63 games (63 starts) ... Also finished with a career-high .463 field goal percentage ... Had a game-winning dunk with 2.2 seconds to play in a 99-98 victory vs. NY (1/17) ... Recorded a career-high 21 double-doubles...Was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week of 1/15 - 1/21, his first career Player of the Week honor...Scored a career-high 38 points vs. SEA (2/5)...Had a career-high 10 assists vs. NY (1/17)...Grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds at MEM (11/24)...Scored 30+ points three times and had 32 games with 20+ points ... Grabbed 10+ rebounds in 20 games ... Led or tied for the team lead in scoring 13 times, rebounding 24 times, and assists 12 times ... Missed 19 games due to injury/illness (lower back spasms, 2/25 ... 2/28; left knee contusion, 3/17 - 3/26; right hand fracture, 4/3-4/18).


2005-06:
Appeared in 75 games and made 54 starts ... Established new career-high marks in points per game (17.6), rebounds per game (6.2), field goal percentage (.455) and free throw percentage (.870) ... Ranked 11th in the league in free throw percentage ... Combined with Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas to form the highest scoring teammate trio in the NBA (67.4 ppg) ... Helped the Wizards to a 33-21 (.611) record when he was in the starting line-up ... Scored 30+ points four times ... Recorded nine double-doubles ... Led the team in points nine times, rebounds 16 times and assists five times ... Averaged 18.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a starter ... Scored a season-high 34 points and had 15 rebounds vs. Golden State (2/8) ... Grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds (11 offensive) at Chicago (1/27) ... Made first start of the season at Denver (12/21) .... Made a career-high 14 free throws and tied a career-high with 15 free throw attempts at LA Lakers (12/16) ... Missed five games in early April (4/7-4/14) due to a right thumb sprain (Washington 0-5) ... Was listed as inactive six times and missed seven games because of illness/injury (11/4-11/5, 4/7-4/14).


2004-05:
Averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in 77 games (all starts) with the Los Angles Lakers ... Averaged 21.9 points per game over the last 15 games of the 2004-05 campaign ... Ranked among the league leaders in scoring (40th), free throw percentage (17th) and steals (23rd) ... Tallied a season-high 34 points and six assists vs. Sacramento (4/15) ... Scored 31 points and grabbed seven rebounds at Seattle (4/8)...Notched 24 points and a season-high 12 rebounds vs. Houston (4/7) ... Recorded 30 points, seven rebounds and six steals at Phoenix (4/5) ... Recorded game-highs in points (22), rebounds (9) and steals (4) at Denver (3/24) ... Tallied 31 points and 10 rebounds vs. New Jersey (1/10).

2003-04:
Started 56 of the 68 games in which he appeared and averaged 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.10 steals and 29.9 minutes per game ... Missed a total of 13 games because of injury and was a DNP-CD on one occasion...Scored in double figures 33 times, including four games of at least 20 points and one 30-point effort ... Grabbed double-figure rebounds on five occasions and posted five double-doubles ... Was Miami's leading scorer in three contests and led the HEAT in steals 15 times, in minutes in eight games, in blocks on seven occasions, in rebounds six times and in assists twice ... Scored 19 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds at Chicago (4/3) ... Among his career-high 14 rebounds at Chicago were a career-high 12 defensive boards ... Scored 30 points and grabbed a then career-high 13 rebounds against Chicago (3/29) after witnessing the birth of his second daughter earlier in the afternoon.


2002-03:
Appeared and started in a career-best 78 games for Miami ... Averaged 15.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game ... Also recorded career highs in assists (2.7), steals (1.76) and minutes per game (36.6) ... Missed a total of four games because of injury ... Finished third in the Rookie of the Year balloting with a total of 179 points in the voting of 117 media members ... Was a four-time NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, capturing the monthly honors for November, January, February and March ... Was the only rookie in either conference to capture the monthly award more than twice ... Became just the sixth player in NBA history, joining Tim Duncan (1997-98); Shaquille O'Neal (1992-93); David Robinson (1989-90); Ralph Sampson (1983-84) and Terry Cummings (1982-83), as the only players to capture four-or-more Rookie of the Month honors since the league began the award in the 1981-82 season ... Started for the first-year players in the Got Milk? Rookie Challenge at All-Star Weekend and scored a team-high 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting while adding seven assists, four rebounds and a team-high four steals in a game-high 32 minutes ... Led the HEAT in points (1,201), steals (137), minutes played (2,858), field goals made (429), field goals attempted (1,032), free throws made (309) and free throws attempted (375)...His 65 games of double-figure scoring were a team-high (22 more than the next closest player) and his 22 games with at least 20 points tied for tops on the HEAT.


PLAYOFFS:
Has appeared in 25 career playoff games (all starts) for Washington and Miami and has averaged 15.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 40.8 minutes per game ... In six games during the 2008 NBA Playoffs, averaged a team-high 18.7 points, along with 5.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game ... Scored a career playoff-high 32 points at CLE (4/30/08), and hit the game-winning shot with 3.9 seconds remaining ... Missed the 2007 NBA Playoffs due to injury (right hand fracture) ... Started six playoff games for Washington in 2006 and averaged a double-double with 18.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game ... Had a career playoff-high 20 rebounds in Game 6 vs. CLE during the 2006 NBA Playoffs (5/5/06) ... Started 13 postseason games for Miami in 2004 and averaged 12.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a team-high 2.15 steals in 39.3 minutes per game ... Has scored 20+ points in a playoff game eight times and has recorded six games with at least 10 rebounds ... Has five career playoff double-doubles.

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Height: 6'7''/ 2.01m
Weight: 228 lbs./ 103.4 kg
Born: March 13, 1980
From: University of Connecticut
Draft: 1st Round (10th pick) 2002 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2002
Years Pro: 11
Previous Teams:
  Phoenix Suns 2013 - 2013
  Milwaukee Bucks 2013 - 2013
  Los Angeles Clippers 2011 - 2013
  Dallas Mavericks 2010 - 2011
  More Previous Teams
Prior to NBA/Country: Connecticut/USA

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