Monday , Aug , 07 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Knicks nab Jeffries

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The New York Knicks officially gained the
services of forward Jared Jeffries on Monday after the Washington Wizards
failed to match a five-year offer sheet to the restricted free agent.

The 6-foot-11, 240-pound Jeffries averaged 6.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in 77
games with the Wizards last season.

He has averaged 6.1 points and 4.9 rebounds in four NBA seasons, all with
Washington, after originally being selected with the 11th overall pick in the
2002 NBA Draft out of Indiana.

The Wizards decided not to match the offer sheet because they inked former
Orlando guard DeShawn Stevenson on Saturday.

“There were several factors, among them is that we have a lot of players at
the perimeter positions — we added DeShawn, Jarvis (Hayes) is coming back,
(Darius) Songaila will take some of those minutes, and we like the development
of Andray Blatche,” Wizards president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld
said. “But also, Jared’s representative made it crystal clear that he
preferred being in New York. We want players that want to be here and that are
excited about the situation, and that’s what all of the players I mentioned
are.”

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