Nets in talks for Shareef
Nets general manager Ed Stefanski met with Portland GM John Nash for the second straight day yesterday to discuss a trade for Shareef Abdur-Rahim.
However, a league source said the two teams are not close to consummating a deal that could send Kerry Kittles, Aaron Williams and perhaps a first-round pick to the Blazers for the 6-9 former All-Star.
"We are trying to push to get something done," said Aaron Goodwin, Abdur-Rahim's agent.
Stefanski and Nash are both in Salt Lake City attending the Rocky Mountain Revue summer league. Sources say the Blazers aren't crazy about what the Nets are offering for Abdur-Rahim, who wants to be traded. Portland, which likely wants the Nets' potential lottery pick (via the Clippers) acquired in the Kenyon Martin trade with Denver, is looking for a defensive-oriented guard and a backup center.
Incoming owner Bruce Ratner would have to approve a deal for Abdur-Rahim, who has one year left on his contract that will pay him $14.6 million.
Still a long way off, but if SHreef is on this team when camp opens, then the Nets are a better squad automatically. He's a guy, unlike Kenyon, that can put it in the hole without having to have Kidd set him up every time.