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Kemp shipped to Portland

August 31, 2000

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— Portland, Cleveland and Miami completed a five-player deal Wednesday, with the Trail Blazers sending power forward Brian Grant to the Heat and getting Shawn Kemp.

Grant first signed a seven-year, $86 million deal with the Blazers.

In exchange for Grant, the Heat sent Chris Gatling and Clarence Weatherspoon, along with a first-round draft choice and cash, to the Cavaliers. Cleveland also gets Portland's 36-year-old backup point guard, Gary Grant.

Kemp, who played for Seattle when Trail Blazers general manager Bob Whitsitt was there, will make $71 million in the next four campaigns.

Grant was slowed by knee and foot injuries last season when he averaged career lows of 21 minutes, 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds.

Grant had been courted by the New York Knicks and Cleveland, but Miami could offer the kind of raise he was looking for. He made about $7.7 million with the Blazers last season.

"He's had a great career and still has good games in him," Whitsitt said of Kemp. "He'll do what is needed of him to win. He's not a statistics guy. He's done that. He's done everything a guy can do in the NBA, but win a championship. He's hungry for it."

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