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Nets Sign Sherman Douglas

November 1, 1997

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Veteran point guard Sherman Douglas signed a one-year contract with the New Jersey Nets on Friday, just hours before the season opener against the Indiana Pacers.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the Nets but sources close to the team said Douglas is getting the league minimum of $272,500. He is also getting $4 million from Cleveland as part of his old contract.

Entering his ninth season, Douglas has averaged 12.3 points and 6.8 assists in his career. The Syracuse product was originally a second-round draft pick by Miami. He was traded to Boston in 1992 and he has also played with Milwaukee and Cleveland. The Cavaliers traded him to Denver on Oct. 20 but the Nuggets recently waived him.

``We are very pleased to add a player with the qualifications of Sherman Douglas to our backcourt rotation,″ Nets coach John Calipari said. ``He is a veteran point guard who can run the offense, can start in case of injury and had playoff experience.″

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