The Portland Trail Blazers have obtained guards Derek Anderson, Steve Kerr and a second round draft pick in the 2003 NBA Draft from the San Antonio Spurs. Portland will send guard Steve Smith to the Spurs.
"Derek is one of the premier guards in the NBA today," said Bob Whitsitt, Portland's team president and general manager in making the announcement. "He's a great floor leader and is an outstanding individual. In addition, Steve Kerr brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the team as well. We're thrilled that they're joining the Trail Blazers."
Anderson, who turned 27 last week, averaged 15.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 82 games with the Spurs last season. He set new single-season highs in virtually every category including games, minutes, points, rebounds, assists, steals FGM, FGA, 3PT-FGM, 3PT-FGA, FTM, FTA, and 3PT-FG percentage. He has career averages of 14.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists over four seasons.
Anderson was a first round draft pick (13th overall) in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. After two seasons in Cleveland, he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. He signed a free agent contract with the Spurs prior to last season.
Kerr, a 13-year veteran, is the NBA's career leader in three-point field goal percentage with a .462 mark (651-1,409). He has won four straight NBA Championships, adding his 1999 title with the Spurs to three straight while with the Chicago Bulls (1996, 1997 and 1998). Last season while with the Spurs, Kerr appeared in 55 games, averaging 3.3 points and 1.0 assists in 11.8 minutes.
Selected by the Suns in the second round (50th overall) of the 1988 NBA Draft, Kerr was traded by the Suns to Cleveland on September 5, 1989. He was traded by the Cavs to the Orlando Magic on December 2, 1992, and signed as a free agent by Chicago on September 29, 1993 where he spent the next five seasons. He was traded to the Spurs on January 21, 1999. He has career averages of 6.3 points, 2.0 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per contest, appearing in 770 regular season games.