Melvin Ely, Eddie House Acquired From Clippers In Exchange For Future Draft Picks

July 14, 2004 – The Charlotte Bobcats today acquired forward/center Melvin Ely and guard Eddie House from the Los Angeles Clippers, it was announced by Bobcats General Manager & Head Coach Bernie Bickerstaff. In return, the Clippers received the Bobcats’ second round draft picks in the 2005 and 2006 NBA Drafts.

“Adding these two players complements the make-up of our team very well,” said Bickerstaff. “We now have six players that are 6-9 or taller for a nice rotation in the center and power forward positions and we have solidified our point guard position, as well.”

Ely, a 6-10, 261-pounder was initially drafted by the Clippers with the 12th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. In two seasons, Ely has appeared in 94 games with nine starts, averaging 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 14.0 minutes.

“Melvin Ely is someone who commands respect in the low post on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. He is an old-school type of player who is physically tough,” Bickerstaff said. “He can conceivably play multiple positions in the frontcourt, at both center and forward, and can attract double-teams in the post.”

In his rookie season with the Clippers, he played in 52 games with seven starts, averaging 4.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15.4 minutes while shooting .495 from the field. Ely finished the season strong with averages of 6.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in February and 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in March. Ely completed his second season with the Clippers in 2003-04, playing in 42 games with two starts and posting averages of 3.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in 12.1 minutes.

House, a 6-1, 175-pounder was initially drafted by Miami with the 37th overall pick of the 2000 NBA Draft. In four seasons, he has appeared in 229 games with 20 starts, averaging 6.9 points and 1.7 rebounds in 17.4 minutes. House also played in three career playoff games, all in 2000-01, averaging 12.7 points in 21.3 minutes.

“Eddie House has the ability to be an outside shooting threat and will give us another scorer,” Bickerstaff said. “Another thing I like about him is his versatility to play some point guard and off-guard.”

While with the Heat, he played in 169 games with 10 starts and averaged 7.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 16.6 minutes. His top season came in 2001-02 when he averaged 8.0 points. After signing with the Clippers for the 2003-04 season, he appeared in 60 games with 10 starts and averaged 6.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals in 19.8 minutes.