Tuesday , Aug , 02 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Abdur-Rahim officially joins Nets

=== Abdur-Rahim officially joins Nets ===

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim was
officially traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the New Jersey Nets on
Tuesday.

Abdur-Rahim, an All-Star in 2002, was acquired by the Nets in exchange for New
Jersey’s 2006 first-round draft selection as well as the team’s trade
exception. The nine-year veteran had reportedly reached agreement with the
Nets on a five-year contract worth between $27 and $30 million last month,
prior to the NBA’s moratorium on free-agent signings.

“We are very pleased to add a veteran of Shareef’s caliber to our roster,”
said Nets president Rod Thorn. “He is a proven low-post presence who will
enhance our frontcourt rotation and add needed depth to our team.”

The third overall selection of Vancouver in 1996, Abdur-Rahim has averaged
19.8 points with 8.1 rebounds in 672 games with the Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks
and Trail Blazers. He averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 boards in 54 games with
Portland last season.

The Nets have called a news conference for Thursday, at which time they could
also announce the free-agent signings of guard Jeff McInnis and forward
Clifford Robinson.

McInnis, who would serve as New Jersey’s backup point guard to Jason Kidd,
signed a one-year deal worth a reported $3.5 million which includes a player
option for 2006-07. The 30-year-old spent the last two seasons with Cleveland
and averaged 12.8 points and 5.1 assists over 76 games in 2004-05.

Robinson will be entering his 17th NBA season. The versatile 38-year-old was
acquired by the Nets from Golden State in February and averaged six points and
3.3 rebounds in 29 games.

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