Abdur-Rahim Decides to Sign With the Kings

From Associated Press

The Sacramento Kings signed Shareef Abdur-Rahim to a multiyear contract Friday, three days after the New Jersey Nets rescinded a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers because of medical concerns about the nine-year veteran's right knee.

"The only thing I can tell you is that I'm healthy," Abdur-Rahim said. "I've never missed games or practices because of my knees."

The Kings, who bid for the free agent's services earlier in the summer, wasted no time reasserting their interest. They quickly closed a deal, locking up a 28-year-old power forward who made more than $14 million in Portland last season but has never reached the playoffs.

Abdur-Rahim said the Kings, who have made the playoffs seven consecutive times, were "a nice fit" for him. The Kings, who are already over the salary cap, are expected to pay Abdur-Rahim the NBA's midlevel exception, worth about $5 million.


The Milwaukee Bucks re-signed center Dan Gadzuric. The 27-year-old former UCLA standout is beginning his fourth NBA season after being selected by the Bucks in the second round of the 2002 draft. He averaged a career-high 7.3 points and 8.3 rebounds.


Wayne Simien signed a two-year contract worth about $1.8 million with the Miami Heat. The 6-foot-9 forward -- the 29th overall pick in the draft -- led the Big 12 Conference in scoring (20.3) and rebounding (11.0) last season as a senior at Kansas.

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