Mercer to have knee surgery Monday

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New Jersey Nets guard Ron Mercer is scheduled to undergo left knee surgery Monday and could be sidelined for up to a month.

Signed to a two-year, $3.3 million deal in the offseason,
Mercer averaged 9.3 points in his first three games. He sat
out the last two games with a swollen knee.

In New Jersey, the 6-foot-7 Mercer was expected to fill the roster
spot vacated by guard Kerry Kittles, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in a cost-cutting move.

Selected sixth overall by Boston in 1997, Mercer is with his
seventh team. He enjoyed his best season with Chicago in
2000-01, when he averaged 19.1 points.

But Mercer has seen his numbers steadily decline and has not
averaged higher than 7.7 points in the last three seasons.