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NBA: Warriors, Pacers swap

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers traded Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday for forwards Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy as part of an eight-player deal designed to shake up two struggling teams.

The Pacers also sent guard Sarunas Jasikevicius and forward Josh Powell to the Warriors, who gave up forward Ike Diogu and guard Keith McLeod.

“We feel we made a pretty significant trade for the franchise that will be good for both teams,” Pacers president Larry Bird said in a statement. “We feel the players we got will make a significant difference in the franchise.”

Murphy, Dunleavy and Diogu had been reduced to high-priced backups for failing to measure up to new coach Don Nelson’s expectations this season, while Jackson was dogged by legal troubles in Indiana.

Jackson, in his third season with the Pacers, faces felony charges in Indianapolis, accused of firing a gun during a fight outside a strip club. A judge scheduled a Feb. 12 trial for Jackson and another man who is accused of driving a car that hit Jackson during the Oct. 6 fight outside Club Rio on the city’s west side.

Jackson, who is averaging 14.1 points per game this season, has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of criminal recklessness and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct. He is free on $10,000 bond pending trial.

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