Nets’ makeover continues with signing of Mercer
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets announced the
signing of free agent guard Ron Mercer on Thursday. As per team policy,
terms of the deal were not released.
“Ron will fill our opening at the two guard position,” said Nets CEO Rod
Thorn. “He is a proven NBA scorer who will be a welcome addition to our
Mercer, 6-foot-7 and 201 pounds, spent the 2003-04 season, his seventh in the
NBA, with the San Antonio Spurs. He played just 39 games due to various
injuries, and suffered his least-productive scoring season with just 5.0
points per contest.
The University of Kentucky product has also spent time with the Boston
Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers. He
holds career averages of 13.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 31.5
minutes per game. His career shooting percentage stands at .430.
Mercer, originally drafted No. 6 overall by Boston in 1997, has yet to match
the 80 games he played during his rookie campaign. During that season, he
earned NBA First Team All-Rookie honors. Mercer has averaged just 60 games
played over his career, and also appeared in 11 postseason contests.
The Nets will have a new look in 2004-05. After having its run of two
consecutive Eastern Conference championships ended by the Detroit Pistons, New
Jersey traded Kenyon Martin and Kerry Kittles, two players who combined for
nearly 30 points per outing a year ago.