Portland forward Jerome Kersey confirmed Saturday that Trail Blazers' owner Paul Allen is considering a trade that would send Kersey to New Jersey for three-time All-Star Buck Williams.

Kersey said from Houston, where he participated in the NBA's slam-dunk contest, that he had been aware of the trade talk for "some time." He told Portland television station KPTV that he understood business in the NBA and would adjust to playing for the Nets if the trade is completed.The Oregonian, quoting two unnamed Trail Blazers "insiders," reported on Saturday that Williams had been offered to Portland in exchange for Kersey and Portland's 1989 first-round draft choice.

The 6-foot-7, 222-pound Kersey has been starting at small forward for Portland most of the season and is averaging 17.4 points per game. He started 73 of his 79 games in 1987-88, averaging 19.2 points.

The arrival of the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Williams would leave Portland's small-forward position in the hands of Kiki Vandeweghe and Adrian Branch, Kahn said.

He said that Portland coach Mike Schuler "loves Jerome like a son" but Williams is a "player who's universally respected among NBA players and coaches."

"Buck's the best," said San Antonio coach Larry Brown, who coached Williams at New Jersey for two seasons, along with his then-assistant, Schuler.