Nets deal McInnis to Bobcats for Robinson

Updated: January 4, 2007, 4:28 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets sent veteran guard Jeff McInnis to the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday for swingman Bernard Robinson.

Jeff McInnis

McInnis, who spent this season on the inactive list, averaged 5.3 points and 1.9 assists in 28 games last season, his only year in New Jersey. He was sent to the Bobcats along with undisclosed cash considerations.

McInnis sat out the final 48 games last season after undergoing knee surgery and had a falling out with Nets coach Lawrence Frank during his rehabilitation. McInnis claimed he was completely healthy by the end of the summer, but wasn't allowed to attend training camp.

The Nets spent months trying to buy out his contract or trade him while he was barred from the team's facilities.

"They just said they didn't want to deal with me anymore," McInnis said in Charlotte, N.C. "I knew I had done stuff in the past, but the last three or four years I've done things on the straight and narrow. It was more personal with Lawrence Frank. I never got caught up in it. I never said one bad thing about him in the press."

It's a homecoming for McInnis, who grew up in Charlotte and attended North Carolina. He will provide the Bobcats with a much-needed backup point guard. Brevin Knight is out at least three more weeks with a torn abdominal muscle, leaving Raymond Felton as the team's only true point guard.

"We are familiar with what Jeff brings to the table with his athleticism, work ethic and court savvy," said Bobcats coach and general manager Bernie Bickerstaff, who drafted and coached McInnis in Denver. "He will be able to step in and provide the depth we need at the point guard position."

Robinson was a second-round pick in the 2004 draft. He averaged 4.8 points and almost 3.0 rebounds in 118 career games with Charlotte. He appeared in 21 games this season, averaging 2.4 points and 2.0 rebounds.

"Bernard can play both guard and forward, is a good defender and will add athleticism and depth off our bench," Nets president Rod Thorn said.

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