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Newz Forum: BASKETBALL: Clippers won't match Richardson, but get Kittles

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posted on Jul, 29 2004 @ 01:54 PM
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey Nets continue to pare payroll, sending starting shooting guard Kerry Kittles to the Los Angeles Clippers for a future second-round pick and cash considerations.

Two weeks ago, the Nets shipped All-Star power forward Kenyon Martin to the Denver Nuggets in a sign-and-trade for three first-round picks. Kittles has one year left on his contract worth more than $10 million. The Nets worked feverishly to shed his contract, but general manager Rod Thorn managed to get just a second-round pick in return.

The acquisition of Kittles allowed the Clippers to pass on matching the offer sheet tendered to shooting guard Quentin Richardson by the Phoenix Suns on July 14. Richardson had a breakout season for the Clippers in 2003-04, posting career highs of 17.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists. But the Clippers did not want to commit to a long-term deal with him and lose salary cap flexibility.

Kittles big salary will come off the books after the 2004-05 season, giving the Clippers a chance to sign a free agent. The 6-7 Kittles averaged 13.1 points on 45 percent shooting last season and averaged 14.4 points in 11 postseason games. The eighth overall pick in the 1996 draft, Kittles spent seven seasons with the Nets, missing the entire 2000-01 campaign with a knee injury. In 496 games, he has career averages of 14.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists, while shooting 44 percent from the field and 37 percent from behind the arc.

"Kerry has been a model of professionalism since he came into the NBA in 1996," Thorn said. "He was a key component in the Nets success over the past three seasons, providing the team with transition speed, outside shooting and defensive quickness."

The Nets reached the NBA Finals in back-to-back years before losing in the Eastern Conference semifinals to the eventual champion Detroit Pistons last season.

Kittles leaves the Nets as the franchise's second all-time leading scorer with 7,096 points and all-time leader in 3-pointers made (679).

[Edited on 29/7/04 by TRD]

posted on Jul, 29 2004 @ 03:40 PM
thats good for us suns fans

posted on Jul, 29 2004 @ 06:01 PM
As a Nets fan this sickens me. Why are they bothering to put a team out on the floor? The management and ownership team clearly doesn't care about the future direction of the club.

posted on Jul, 29 2004 @ 07:17 PM
Does that direction include Queens, by the way? Is this some kind of move to make that inevitable?

posted on Jul, 31 2004 @ 11:56 PM
I feel bad for Nets fans, the only consolation being that their division is so lopsided they can probably make the playoffs still...

Although the Nets have made some bad moves (such as Mutombo and Mourning) in the past they had shown a commitment to winning recently...the direction the team is going now is just awful.

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