Thursday , Aug , 04 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Abdur-Rahim trade to Nets on hold

=== Abdur-Rahim trade to Nets on hold ===

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – The anticipated trade of forward
Shareef Abdur-Rahim from the Portland Trail Blazers to the New Jersey Nets has
been put on hold due to concerns resulting from his physical examination.

New Jersey, which has until August 12 to complete the deal, did not disclose
the cause for the concern, but is seeking other medical opinions.

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 an 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.

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.

New Jersey cancelled a press conference on Thursday which was supposed to
introduce Abdur-Rahim, guard Jeff McInnis and forward Clifford Robinson.