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Nets acquire Wallace from Trail Blazers; Williams looks at options

By Tom Canavan

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, March 15 2012 2:54 p.m. MDT

Nets' Deron Williams as the Utah Jazz play the New Jersey Nets in NBA basketball, Jan. 14, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah.rn

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the New Jersey Nets have acquired Gerald Wallace from the Portland Trail Blazers for two injured players and a protected first-round draft pick.

The Nets sent center Mehmet Okur and forward Shawne Williams to Portland along with their own 2012 draft pick. The pick is protected if it is in the top three, according to the person, who requested anonymity because the teams have not announced the deal.

A 2010 All Star, Wallace is averaging 13.3 points and 6.6 rebounds in 42 starts. He also is an outstanding defensive small forward.

Okur has been sidelined since Jan. 27 with a sore lower back. Williams is out for the year after having surgery on his left foot in early February.

USA Today reports that the Nets do not intend to move prospective free-agent guard Deron Williams. Williams told USA Today during All-Star weekend in Orlando that he was leaning toward exploring his options after this season, since he can opt out of the final year of his contract.

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