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Stojakovic wants a trade

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Sharp-shooting Sacramento Kings forward Peja Stojakovic has asked to be traded.

Stojakovic is a three-time all-star and was the NBA's second leading scorer last season.

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"I just think that the team had their chances, and the opportunities are closing," Stojakovic told the Sacramento Bee. "I just think it would be good for them and for myself, with all due respect. Sacramento is great, but I think I need a change."

The Bee said Friday that Stojakovic discussed his desire to be traded with Geoff Petrie, Kings president of basketball operations, in a meeting last month.

The 6-10 Stojakovic has career averages of 18.2 points and five rebounds in 421 games while hitting nearly 40 percent from three-point range. He averaged 24.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 81 games last season.

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