Mon Dec 31 03:15pm EST
This season, Giricek had seen limited playing time and had an ongoing feud with veteran coach Jerry Sloan. Giricek said he wasn't surprised by the trade because he had asked for the move.
"I loved the city, but somehow I couldn't find a right spot with the team," he said. "The only thing I asked always is to be respected as a man. Not as a basketball player, just as a man. And I didn't feel that was so."