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Ants trade Russell

Longtime Mad Ant Walker Russell Jr. is on the move.

Fort Wayne traded the point guard to Reno for Anthony Richardson and Jack McClinton.

“I would like to thank Walker for all his contributions to the Mad Ants since our inception,” Mad Ants pesident Jeff Potter said in a statement. “It is never easy to trade someone likeWalker, but I think the organization needs to go in another direction and trading Walker was a step I felt needed to be taken to make that happen.”

Russell has spent parts of six seasons with Fort Wayne. He is averaging 15.3 points and 6 assists this year.

He averaged a career-high 17.7 points for the Mad Ants in 2010-11. He averaged 16.1 points and 10.8 assists in 2008-09.

Russell has played in 28 games for the Detroit Pistons, and averaged 3 points and 2.1 assists in 2011-12.

Richardson will join the team for Friday’s game against the Texas Legends. McClinton will join the team after this weekend.

Richardson is in his second D-League season. The 6-foot-8 forward from Florida State is averaging 11.2 points and 4.3 rebounds.

McClinton has appeared in three games this year, averaging 0.7 point in 12.7 minutes. A former second-round draft pick for the San Antonio Spurs out ofMiami, the 6-foot guard was a first-round pick byRenoin this year’s draft.

He has been slowed by injuries and NBA assignments affecting his playing time.

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