Proven scorer Mercer now a free agent

Updated: February 27, 2004, 3:13 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs on Friday released guard Ron Mercer, a proven scorer who was acquired in an offseason trade but used sparingly.

Coach Gregg Popovich said the timing of Mercer's release would allow him to catch on with another team before March 1, the deadline for eligibility for the playoffs.

Mercer, 27, was acquired from Indiana in a three-way trade in July that also involved Sacramento. The Spurs obtained guard Hedo Turkoglu, now a starter, in the same deal.

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