Nets trade 22nd pick overall to Portland

Originally Published: June 24, 2004
Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets traded the 22nd pick overall in the NBA Draft on Thursday night to the Portland Trail Blazers for backup point guard Eddie Gill and cash considerations.

The teams reached a tentative agreement on the deal over the weekend and the only question was how long the rights to Russian small forward Viktor Khryapa would belong to New Jersey.

Khryapa lasted 25 minutes in New Jersey before commissioner David Stern announced the trade at the draft in New York City.

Nets president Rod Thorn was not immediately available for comment.

However, Thorn said on Monday that the Nets would trade the pick rather than give a guaranteed three-year contract to a player who the team had questions about.

New Jersey also had the 51st pick in the draft.

While the Nets won't have a No. 1 pick this year, they hope to finally sign center Nenad Krstic, their No. 1 draft pick in 2002. He has been playing in Europe.

Gill appeared in 22 games with the Trail Blazers last season, averaging 2.3 points. He appeared in eight games with the Nets in 2000-2001, when they won 26 games in Byron Scott's first season as coach.

Khryapa, 6-foot-9, averaged 6.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks playing with CSKA Moscow this past season.

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