June 28, 2005 -
General Manager Larry Harris announced today that the Milwaukee Bucks have acquired 6-7, 208-lb., forward Jiri Welsch from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for their second round pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. Milwaukee owns it own first round pick and will retain one second round pick in the 2006 Draft obtained from Houston on February 24, 2005, in the trade that sent Mike James to the Rockets for Reece Gaines and second round picks in 2006 and 2007.
Entering his fourth NBA season, Welsch, 25, sports career averages of 6.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists over 189 games. Welsch averaged 6.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 71 games last season for Boston and Cleveland. He was originally chosen by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 16th pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, but had his draft rights traded to Golden State where he appeared in 37 games as a rookie. Following the 2002-03 campaign, Welsch was traded to Dallas in an eight-player deal, but was dealt to Boston prior to the beginning of the 2003-04 campaign.
Welsch is the second Czech-born player to reach the NBA, joining George Zidek who spent three seasons between Charlotte, Denver and Seattle. Prior to being drafted into the NBA, his team won the Slovenian Championship in 2000-01 and the Slovenian National Cup in 2001-02.