The first player chosen in the 1990 NBA draft, Derrick Coleman, arrived in New Jersey Thursday night, ready to sign a reported five-year, $15 million contract.

"My final decision is my final decision," Coleman told The New York Times. "I didn't let anybody decide for me. I knew what was going on."According to today's editions of The Times, Coleman flew into Newark Airport Thursday night and said he was glad that his salary holdout was over.

Meanwhile, the New Jersey Nets continued to dismiss media reports that Coleman had agreed to terms, saying instead that talks were continuing.

"I know his agent is saying there is an agreement out there, but what we are saying is that when it's all taken care of and it's all agreed to, we will love to make an announcement," Nets spokesman Jim Lampariello said.