Shareef to the Kings?
By Eric Pincus
Aug 10, 2005, 02:07
The New Jersey Nets' loss looks to be the Sacramento Kings gain as Shareef Abdur-Rahim is expected to sign a free agent contract with the Kings in the coming days.
The Kings are reportedly discussing sign and trade options with the Portland Trail Blazers; however the Blazers are said to have no interest in any available Sacramento players.
The New Jersey Nets possessed a trade exception which made the original deal possible. They backed out of the trade when Abdur-Rahim failed a physical. The Kings are said not to have the same concerns regarding scar tissue in Abdur-Rahim's knee.
More as it develops . . .
It seems like that might make a trade tough, eh?
By Sam Amick -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 2:15 am PDT Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Story appeared in Sports section, Page C1
Jamal Sampson signs, and Abdur-Rahim is back in the mix as the Blazers-Nets deal fizzles.
The free-agent signing of Jamal Sampson Tuesday hardly was a fortification of the Kings' frontcourt.
It was more of a minor reinforcement, with the 6-foot-11, 235-pound forward from Cal re-entering the league in his fourth year.
But a major piece may soon be added to the fortress.
With the New Jersey Nets' announcement of a rescinded sign-and-trade with Portland for Shareef Abdur-Rahim came the immediate reality that the nine-year veteran forward is back on the Kings' wish list. The Kings are on Abdur-Rahim's list of teams as well, with the failed proceedings of their first go-round now working in Sacramento's favor.
Abdur-Rahim's agent, Aaron Goodwin, said the Kings were willing to "do anything" to secure a deal with the one-time All-Star before he agreed in principle with New Jersey. The gesture was appreciated, and remembered, as was Abdur-Rahim's trip to Sacramento on which he was given the A-list tour in July.
"The beauty of the Kings was that, originally, they were willing to go out and do whatever they could to get Shareef," Goodwin said. "They discussed sign-and-trades with Portland, who didn't cooperate. (Still), we appreciated that fact. ...
"They are absolutely a serious team that we're looking at. ... I enjoy a great relationship with Sacramento's owners and know it's a situation where there's a need for (Abdur-Rahim's) style."
Abdur-Rahim won't be a Net because he failed the team physical, which revealed scar tissue in his right knee. The knee was surgically repaired in high school, and he never has missed a game due to the condition.
New Jersey subsequently traded cash and future considerations to Philadelphia for forward/center Marc Jackson.
Still, Nets president Rod Thorn was concerned arthritis would be a problem in the long term, deciding against giving the 28-year-old $38 million over six years. The Nets would have given Portland a $4.9 million trade exception and a 2006 first-round draft pick.
Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie was optimistic about his team's prospects and, apparently, unconcerned about the physical issues.
"In light of the events of (Tuesday), and that Shareef is now a free agent, we have very, very, very serious interest in trying to work something out in the next couple of days," Petrie said. "It's highly unlikely that this would be a sign-and-trade deal."
A sign-and-trade would be possible only if Portland general manager John Nash were willing to cooperate. He was adamant last month he wanted no salaries in return but may have changed his mind after he couldn't secure the trade exception he covets. Such a deal would give Abdur-Rahim a larger contract over six years, rather than the maximum of five years he can sign for with a new team. Nash was on vacation and unavailable for comment.
The Kings also retain a $5 million midlevel exception that could be used to land the player who has averaged 19.8 points per game in his career.
According to Goodwin, the ordeal has left Abdur-Rahim eager to join a team like the Kings.
"It was disheartening to see him played as someone who has an injury, which he doesn't," said Goodwin, whose client made $14.6 million last season. "This is all based on what could happen five or six years from now."
The terms of Sampson's deal are not yet known. Officially, the Kings become his sixth team since leaving Cal early. Sampson - who is the cousin of former King Ralph Sampson - was picked in the second round of the 2002 NBA draft. He then immediately was shipped from Utah to Orlando to Milwaukee. He has played with the Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte since, and was waived by the Bobcats in February. He has averaged 12.2 minutes and 2.8 points over 38 games since his rookie season.
Last edited by SPUROFTHAMOMENT; 08-10-05 at 12:22 PM.
Portland doesn't really want any contracts in return and in fact I think they would rather just have him walk.
"When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at this rock perhaps 100 times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the 101st blow, it will split in two and I know it was not that blow that did it. But all that had gone before." - Jacob Riis
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