Abdur-Rahim Update

According to several reports, Abdur-Rahim turned down big money from the Bucks that has since been offered to last year's Most Improved Player, Bobby Simmons.

Ohm Youngmisuk writes in the New York Daily News that the Nets and Abdur-Rahim's agent are talking about sign-and-trade scenarios that could net Portland a trade exception and possibly more. If it happens, it will happen quickly:

...the Nets can offer Portland their trade exception, worth nearly $5 million, in a sign-and-trade for Abdur-Rahim.

The exception is attractive for capped out teams and can be packaged with cash and or draft picks. The Nets likely will have to execute a sign-and-trade to land Abdur-Rahim since it would allow him to sign a six-year contract worth up to $38 million. That is a year and $10 million more than teams can offer the 6-9 power forward through the mid-level exception.

"It comes down to Portland," Goodwin said.

By the way, here's a little background on Abdur-Rahim's visit to New Jersey.