Marbury Traded to Nets; Timberwolves Get Brandon

Associated Press

Stephon Marbury was traded to the New Jersey Nets on Thursday in a nine-player deal involving the Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks.

Minnesota owner Glen Taylor said Marbury, who helped turn the Timberwolves into one of the best teams in the Western Conference, moves to the Nets along with guards Chris Carr and Elliot Perry and forward Bill Curley.

The Timberwolves get star point guard Terrell Brandon from Milwaukee and forward Brian Evans and two draft choices from the Nets, including a first-round pick.

The Nets also sent guard Sam Cassell and forward Chris Gatling to the Bucks, who also get Paul Grant from Minnesota.

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Cleveland acquired center Andrew DeClercq and a first-round draft pick from Boston in a trade for center Vitaly Potapenko, Cleveland team president Wayne Embry announced. The 6-foot-10 Potapenko had averaged 8.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. The 6-10 DeClercq averaged 5.4 points and 4.5 rebounds. . . . Vancouver traded guard Sam Mack to his former team, the Houston Rockets, for second-year swingman Rodrick Rhodes. Mack averaged 17.8 points through eight games, but he was relegated to coming off the bench in the last four games. Rhodes missed the first 14 games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn tendon. Activated from the injured list on March 2, he has seen limited action in three games. . . . The New York Knicks signed forward Marcus Camby to a six-year, $39 million extension and obtained the rights to forward Mirsad Turkcan from Philadelphia for a first-round draft choice. Turkcan, the 18th pick of the 1998 draft, is playing for Efes Pilssen of the Turkish League. He'll be eligible to join the Knicks in late April. The 76ers also traded guard Tim Thomas and forward Scott Williams to Milwaukee for forwards Tyrone Hill and Jerald Honeycutt and put center Casey Shaw on the injured list. . . . Philadelphia guard Allen Iverson, the league's leading scorer, missed practice with an unexcused absence. Iverson, averaging 28.9 points, did not inform 76ers Coach Larry Brown that he would not be at practice.

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