Los Angeles Clippers cut former Alaska star Trajan Langdon

Three-time state player of the year spent three NBA seasons with Cleveland Cavaliers

Posted: Sunday, October 31, 2004

ANCHORAGE - The Los Angeles Clippers have released former East Anchorage High School basketball standout Trajan Langdon.

Langdon, a former NBA veteran who played three seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers before joining a professional league overseas, was released by the Clippers after playing in five preseason games.

The 6-foot-4 guard said he was given the news by Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy on Wednesday after a loss against the Golden State Warriors. The team announced the move Thursday.

"He said I don't shoot the ball well enough," Langdon told the Anchorage Daily News.

Langdon, 28, logged just 8.4 minutes a game this preseason, averaging 4.0 points and shooting seven for 16 from the floor. He sank two of five 3-pointers.

"I didn't feel I got the chance I was going to get here to make an impression either way," Langdon said. "If you have doubts, let me confirm your doubts and put me on the floor. Don't just say I can't do it.

"I know I can shoot the ball."

His lack of playing time with the Clippers resembled his first three seasons in the NBA. In 119 games in Cleveland, Langdon averaged 14.6 minutes per 48-minute game.

Langdon had hoped to get a shot with the Clippers, who are in need of perimeter scoring with expected starting guard Kerry Kittles scheduled to miss the first month of the season with a knee injury.

"It's frustrating," Langdon said. "I thought it was a situation where I was going to get a better opportunity to play."

Langdon, a former three-time Class 4A Alaska Player of the Year at East, enjoyed an All-America career at Duke University. He graduated as Duke's all-time leader in 3-pointers.

Langdon earned a reputation as one of the country's best shooters and was nicknamed "Alaskan Assassin" by college basketball analyst Dick Vitale. In 1999, he was drafted No. 11 by the Cavs, making him the first Alaskan in the NBA.

After three seasons in Cleveland, Langdon took his game overseas and flourished. He helped both Benetton Trevisio of Italy and Efes Pilsen of Turkey win national titles and advance to the Euroleague championship. Langdon was among the leading scorers on both teams.

Over the summer he was contacted by the Seattle SuperSonics and worked out for the Denver Nuggets before being invited to try out for the Clippers.

Langdon said he was not sure whether he'd play overseas again. He said his agent with SFX Sports Group, which used to represent Juneau's Carlos Boozer of the Utah Jazz, would call other NBA teams to see if there was any interest.

"I have some options, but I really don't know," Langdon said. "I'm thinking about playing in the minor leagues with the CBA or ABA."

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