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Report: Blazers to pick up tab on Kersey

The Toronto Raptors apparently got a bargain when they chose the Trail Blazers' Jerome Kersey in Saturday's expansion draft.

The Oregonian on Sunday quoted a source familiar with the arrangement as saying Portland agreed to pick up all of Kersey's $4.4-million salary for next season if Toronto selected him.

The Blazers are trying to unload some big contracts as they attempt to restructure the team with younger players. Kersey turns 33 today.

Portland made a similar arrangement when it traded Clyde Drexler to Houston. The Blazers are picking up a large share of the $9.75-million balloon payment Drexler is to receive next season.

Warriors: Unless some team offers a blockbuster deal in the next 48 hours _ remote with the new collective-bargaining agreement still unsettled _ the Warriors seem committed to making Maryland's Joe Smith the first pick in the draft.