POWERHOUSE KINGS, SPURS KEEP BUILDING



Chris Webber. Mike Bibby. When the Kings make trades, they get quality players. It happened again Thursday, as Sacramento acquired All-Star Brad Miller in a three-team deal that saw San Antonio get Hedo Turkoglu and Ron Mercer while Indiana landed Scot Pollard and Danny Ferry.

Miller, a 7-footer from Purdue who led all East centers in double-doubles with 27 in 2002-03, will bolster the Kings' impressive collection of big men, featuring Chris Webber, Vlade Divac and Keon Clark.

"We're very excited to add an All-Star-caliber player in Brad Miller to our team," Kings president Geoff Petrie said. "He's a young, versatile player who should be a great addition to our team, and our ongoing success.

In the 6-10, 220-pound Turkoglu and the 6-5, 210-pound Mercer, the Spurs feel they have successfully reloaded for another run at the NBA title.

"At 24, Hedo Turkoglu brings an extremely high level of versatility to our roster. He is really going to raise the skill level of our team," said Spurs general manager R.C. Buford. "And Ron Mercer is a proven scorer that will add considerable depth at the wing position to our roster."

In a separate transaction, San Antonio also signed forward Robert Horry, one of three active players -- Steve Kerr and Scottie Pippen are the others -- with five or more NBA championship rings.

Indiana, which was on the brink of losing Miller with no compensation due to free agency, was all too happy to pick up the hardworking 6-11, 265-pound Pollard.

"Scot Pollard is a player that, when you come up against certain teams he can play 40 minutes and hold his own," said Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh . "On the other hand, when you come up against other types of teams, you can cut his time back and heís used to that, so itís not a problem for him.

"In other words, he can fit into any role you want him to and thatís very valuable on this team because you need a team that can play against bigger or smaller teams."

It is expected that Ferry, whose contract for 2003-04 is not guaranteed, will be moved to another team looking to clear salary space.

NBA TV
July 29: Kings introduce newly acquired Brad Miller: Play
July 29: Indiana Pacers introduce Scot Pollard: Play
WHO GOT WHO?
NBA TV breaks it down: Play
2002-03 STATS
PTS
REB
AST
MIN
1.9
1.2
0.3
9.4
7.7
2.1
1.6
23.2
13.1
8.3
2.6
31.1
4.5
4.6
0.3
14.1
6.7
2.8
1.3
17.5
WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?
Express-News: Mercer traded up, and he knows it
Sac. Bee: Divac's role will change
Sacramento Bee: Amid obstacles, Kings snag star
Express-News: Plan B is A-OK with Popovich
Sacramento Bee: Rebuilding Hedo wasn't an option
USA Today: Power struggle continues in the West
ESPN.com: Pop's special op is to secretly reload Spurs
Sacramento Bee: Move is a bold gamble by Petrie
Sac. Bee: Webber welcomes Miller, but will miss Hedo
Express-News: Spurs wrap up Turkoglu trade
Indy Star: Pacers CEO Walsh asks fans to be patient