Nets deal McInnis to Bobcats for Robinson

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets sent veteran
guard Jeff McInnis to the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday for
swingman Bernard Robinson.

McInnis, who spent this season on the inactive list, averaged
5.3 points and 1.9 assists in 28 games last season, his only year
in New Jersey. He was sent to the Bobcats along with undisclosed
cash considerations.

McInnis sat out the final 48 games last season after undergoing
knee surgery and had a falling out with Nets coach Lawrence Frank
during his rehabilitation. McInnis claimed he was completely
healthy by the end of the summer, but wasn't allowed to attend
training camp.

The Nets spent months trying to buy out his contract or trade
him while he was barred from the team's facilities.

"They just said they didn't want to deal with me anymore,"
McInnis said in Charlotte, N.C. "I knew I had done stuff in the
past, but the last three or four years I've done things on the
straight and narrow. It was more personal with Lawrence Frank. I
never got caught up in it. I never said one bad thing about him in
the press."

It's a homecoming for McInnis, who grew up in Charlotte and
attended North Carolina. He will provide the Bobcats with a
much-needed backup point guard. Brevin Knight is out at least three
more weeks with a torn abdominal muscle, leaving Raymond Felton as
the team's only true point guard.

"We are familiar with what Jeff brings to the table with his
athleticism, work ethic and court savvy," said Bobcats coach and
general manager Bernie Bickerstaff, who drafted and coached McInnis
in Denver. "He will be able to step in and provide the depth we
need at the point guard position."

Robinson was a second-round pick in the 2004 draft. He averaged
4.8 points and almost 3.0 rebounds in 118 career games with
Charlotte. He appeared in 21 games this season, averaging 2.4
points and 2.0 rebounds.

"Bernard can play both guard and forward, is a good defender
and will add athleticism and depth off our bench," Nets president
Rod Thorn said.