Thursday , Jul , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Nets’ Rogers declines to exercise player option

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets announced Thursday
that Rodney Rogers has declined to exercise the player option on the final
year of his contract, making the veteran forward an unrestricted free agent.

Rogers, who has spent the past two seasons with New Jersey, started 15 games
for the team this past year. He averaged 7.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 69

“Rodney is a wonderful guy who was a key component of our team,” said Nets CEO
Rod Thorn. “We wish him well in his career.”

A first-round draft pick (9th overall) of Denver in 1993, the 31-year-old
Rogers appeared in 31 playoff games with the Nets. He averaged 6.5 points and
3.6 rebounds in those contests.

In 808 career regular season games with five teams, he has posted averages of
11.2 points and 4.5 rebounds.

The Nets also announced Thursday that star point guard Jason Kidd underwent
successful micro-fracture surgery on his left knee. Kidd will begin
rehabilitation immediately, but there is no timetable for his return.