Kings send F Clark to Jazz in cost-cutting move

Updated: August 5, 2003, 7:18 PM ET

SALT LAKE CITY - In a move that helps both teams financially, the Utah Jazz acquired forward Keon Clark from the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.

The Jazz also received two future second-round draft picks for one future second-round selection. The move enables the Kings to clear $5 million as they try to get under the NBA's luxury tax threshold.

Utah is at the opposite end of the spectrum, trying to reach the salary floor, or 75 percent of the cap. Following Karl Malone's defection and John Stockton's retirement, the Jazz have added the likes of Carlos Arroyo.

Clark also gives the Jazz a much-needed body. At a slender 6-11, he averaged 6.7 points and 5.6 rebounds last season in 80 games, including 11 starts.

"Keon brings size and athleticism to our front line," said Kevin O'Connor, Utah's senior vice president of basketball operations. "We're happy to add a young veteran to our team."

In 351 NBA games, Clark has averaged 8.2 points and 6.0 rebounds, also playing for Denver and Toronto. He has been traded three times since being drafted 13th overall by Orlando in 1998.

The Kings went over the luxury tax threshold by acquiring center Brad Miller in a sign-and-trade deal.

"This was a very difficult decision, but we have to consider the overall economic ability of our team in this market," Kings president Geoff Petrie said. "With this trade, we think we found a good situation for Keon while reducing our economic exposure for the upcoming season."

Clark exercised a $5 million contract option prior to the move to acquire Miller. The Philadelphia 76ers had been mentioned as a possible suitor for Clark before they were involved in a four-team trade with Minnesota, Atlanta and New York.

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