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Ely Willing to Waive 'Bird Rights' to Join Nets

Neither the Bobcats nor the Nets can comment publicly on trade rumors concerning a Melvin Ely-for-Jeff McInnis trade...but Ely can. Under the collective bargaining agreement, Ely would have to consent to a trade since it would mean him losing his "Bird rights". Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer says Ely is willing to do just that. Bonnell hints that a second round pick is the sticking point, but the Post's Fred Kerber reports the Bobcats want a first rounder and $1 million as well as McInnis.