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JSOnlineReport: Robert 'Tractor' Traylor found dead
Tragic news out of Puerto Rico, where a report appeared on a Facebook Page for a Puerto Rican professional basketball team saying former Bucks player Robert Traylor has died. Initial reports that Traylor suffered a heart attack were not confirmed. Traylor had heart surgery in 2006 to correct an enlarged heart valve.

Traylor was acquired in a draft-day trade with the Dallas Mavericks during the 1998 Draft when he was sent to Milwaukee in exchange for fellow-draftees Dirk Nowitzki and Pat Garrity. While hindsight views this as an extraordinarily lopsided trade, the circumstances at the time were more complicated than many remember. The Mavericks' interest in Dirk was enough to warrant picking him with their #6 pick, but knowing that few other teams were as high on the German prospect, Dallas was able to gain an extra pick by selecting Traylor and trading down with Milwaukee, who had a strong interest in 'Tractor.' Pat Garrity was in turn traded for Phoenix reserve point guard Steve Nash.

We at Brew Hoop express our deepest sympathy for Traylor's family and friends. Traylor was 34 years old.

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