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PacersFan
07-29-2004, 02:23 PM
Clippers Acquire Kittles


Posted: July 29th, 2004

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The Los Angeles Clippers today acquired veteran shooting guard Kerry Kittles from the New Jersey Nets in exchange for a future second round draft pick. Kittles, who led New Jersey to consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003, holds career averages of 14.3 points and 2.6 assists per game during his eight year career.

“We are very pleased to announce the addition of Kerry Kittles, who is a talented player with a great work ethic,” said Clippers Vice President of Basketball Operations Elgin Baylor. “Kerry plays hard on both ends of the floor and has a great feel for the game. He is also a veteran player who brings a tremendous amount of playoff experience to our roster.”

Drafted by New Jersey with eighth overall selection in the 1996 NBA Draft, Kittles played in all 82 regular season games for the third time in his career last season and averaged 13.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Kittles was also named the Atlantic Division Winner for the 2003-04 NBA Sportsmanship Award, a distinction also bestowed on Clippers forward Elton Brand, who was the recipient of the Pacific Division Award.

“Our objective all along has been to add talented players and we are very pleased with the acquisition of Kerry Kittles, who is the perfect fit for our team,” said Clippers Head Coach Mike Dunleavy. “Kerry is a terrific defender, ball-handler and perimeter shooter who will enhance our team chemistry.”

Kittles, who shares the Nets franchise record with 54 playoff games played, has career playoff averages of 12.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/kittles_040729.html

----Guess we won't be worrying about the cheap Nets anymore with him and Martin gone

SkipperZ
07-29-2004, 02:32 PM
Wow Kidd and Jefferson cannot be happy with this. I think both are as good as gone within the next year or so. If they do leave, that would make this the worse decontruction of a team since the mighty bulls fell.

there is no point at all in them keeping kidd, especially with a horde of first rounders coming their way. (I can't believe they couldnt even get a lottery protected 1st rounder for kittles...)

and jefferson is most likely gonna leave through free agency

Well caproom and picks are a rebuilding team's best friend. IT turned denver into a contender pretty quick. Maybe things wont be so bad for them in a few years.

Slick Pinkham
07-29-2004, 02:37 PM
also at insidehoops.com they are claiming that the Clips are not matching Phoenix for Quentin Richardson.

Phoenix is getting good and deep and very young.

If Dampier has to settle for the MLE, he could go to Phoenix since their weakness is at C.


oops... Q got the MLE. Maybe they target Damp via a sign-n-trade

blanket
07-29-2004, 02:41 PM
so what's their plan? to overspend on a few restricted free agents like Stromile Swift? Jamal Crawford? Darius Miles?

MSA2CF
07-29-2004, 03:17 PM
The Nets can do whatever they want to do. It's fine by me. :shrug:

Hoop
07-29-2004, 03:34 PM
The Nets still owe Mutombo 14 Million this season and Mourning 16 Million over the next 3 seasons.

I still have no clue what the hell they are doing though. With Mutombo coming off the books after this season that will free up a ton of money. Mourning's contract doesn't eat up a lot of cap space.

Huge mistake letting Kenyon Martin go IMO, his salary in Denver is large, but not in the top 30 among players salaries.

kerosene
07-29-2004, 03:41 PM
Dumping Kittles will allow the Nets to get Shareef won't it?

DisplacedKnick
07-29-2004, 03:57 PM
Word is the Nets are gonna sign Ron Mercer.

Except for outside shooting, not a huge drop-off.

Richard Jefferson better be everything Nets mgmnt thinks he is.

Dukins
07-29-2004, 03:59 PM
Going going gone.... The Nets are officially out of the playoff mix next year. I imagine RJ and Kidd are going to. I cant believe the nets let Kittles gor for peanuts.:lurk:

ROCislandWarrior
07-29-2004, 04:07 PM
Well the truth is... The Nets proly figured they lost any "real" chance to contend when they let Kmart go.

Kidd isn't getting any younger...neither was Kittles. Mutumbo and Mourning are toast.

This team has Rebuild written all over it.

smoothie
07-29-2004, 04:15 PM
mutombo played for the knicks last year. the nets dont have to worry about him anymore.


the reason they let kittles go for a second round pick is because the trade gave them a $9.2 million dollar trade exception. so now the nets can go after abdur rahim because they would offer 9 mil in cap relief. or they can do a S&T for dampier. crawford is still available via S&T.


they have options now.

Suaveness
07-29-2004, 04:32 PM
No, Mutumbo's contract is still with NJ. Sucks for them.

bapspacers4life
07-29-2004, 04:56 PM
bye bye nj here to auto pacers play off

Kegboy
07-29-2004, 05:43 PM
Wow, if they really expect to replace Kittles with Mercer, they're in for a rude awakening. Even though Kittles is getting long in the tooth, his defense alone makes him a MUCH better player than Ron. Oh well, sucks to be them. :devil:

Lord Helmet
07-29-2004, 05:47 PM
Nets are done now.I expect Kidd to demand a trade.

Suaveness
07-29-2004, 05:54 PM
Nets are done now.I expect Kidd to demand a trade.

I hear Croshere's available:devil:

Hoop
07-29-2004, 06:03 PM
mutombo played for the knicks last year. the nets dont have to worry about him anymore.

Nope, The Nets still owe him the money. They cut him, but his contract is guaranteed. The Knicks only owe him 5 million for this season, the Nets owe him the rest.

Jose Slaughter
07-29-2004, 07:06 PM
Nets are done now.I expect Kidd to demand a trade.

Is anyone else under the cap?

I think it's just the Hawks now, right?

Maybe NJ trades Kidd to Atlanta for Alan Henderson& draft picks, & I'm not joking.

It drops about 6.6M off payroll this year & another 8 after the season.

Kidd is gonna want out now but the Nets arn't gonna want to get back roughly 14.8 to salary back.

Kidd is starting to break down anyway.

On a side note.......

Anyone want to start a Ron Thorn resigns watch?

I'll give him til August 2nd.

Slick Pinkham
07-29-2004, 09:30 PM
Other huge ending contracts they could trade Kidd for include Antoine Walker (Dallas would LOVE to dump him) and Damon Stoudamire. Portland adding Kidd would start being scary.

Hicks
07-29-2004, 09:53 PM
Portland trades: Stoudamire, Abdur-Raheem
New Jersey trades: Kidd, Mutumbo's ending contract.

Why New Jersey?

They get Shareef, and Stoudamire will play point, then both contracts are up and they can do what they want from there. They get the man they wanted so bad earlier, plus a ton of capspace, and even a temporary starting PG.

Why Portland?

They get to swap Damon Stoudamire for Jason Kidd. You don't say no to that.

They also get to ship disgruntled Shareef for an expiring contract, and in this case simply thins out their forwards.

I could see both of teams doing this.

Anthem
07-30-2004, 12:45 AM
Portland trades: Stoudamire, Abdur-Raheem
New Jersey trades: Kidd, Mutumbo's ending contract.

That's a good trade for both teams.

The Nets, though, could probably do that trade without moving Kidd. With a little incentive, the Blazers might do it just for the cap relief. How many picks does Jersey own?

Not that the Nets would need MM and Kidd, but Kidd could be moved for a good player. The Nets would need a SG or a center... Seattle? Who else needs a point guard?

Fool
07-30-2004, 08:52 AM
Isn't Mournings contract off of the cap as long as he doesn't try to come back this year?

If so and they can move J.Kidd (not the hardest guy to move even at his money and age) the Nets' payroll will be less than the Bobcats.