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Jeff Lemans McInnis (born October 22, 1974 in Charlotte, North Carolinamarker) is a basketball player formerly a member of the NBA, CBA (1998-99) and who also played in Greecemarker (1996-97).


He previously played for the New Jersey Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers, Washington Wizards and Denver Nuggets. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillmarker and was a 1996 2nd round draft pick of the Nuggets. He stands 6 ft 4 in (192 cm).

At the Staples Centermarker prior to a Los Angeles Clippers December 1, 2000 game against the visiting Toronto Raptors, Charles Oakley and McInnis were involved in a fistfight. Oakley was suspended for three games and fined US$15,000. McInnis attempted to retaliate but was not disciplined. The fight was believed to be over a woman.

McInnis signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Nets prior to the 2005-06 season, primarily to back up Jason Kidd. He received limited playing minutes, and on January 15, he tore cartilage in his left knee, causing him to miss significant time. While he was ready to return to action for the 2006 playoffs, the Nets decided to keep him inactive.

The Nets tried to work out a buyout of McInnis' contract or a trade prior to the 2006-07 season, but were unsuccessful, and at the start of 2007 McInnis remained in limbo, on the Nets roster but exiled from the team.

On January 3, 2007, the Nets traded McInnis to the Charlotte Bobcats for Bernard Robinson and cash considerations. McInnis played 38 games for Charlotte, and averaged 4.3 points per game and 3.3 assists. Mclnnis was waived by the Bobcats on February 29, 2008. McInnis's agent, Steve Kauffman, told The Charlotte Observer that McInnis left with no hard feelings. "In the end somebody had to make a decision and Sam and Rod (Higgins, the Bobcats general manager) were very fair with Jeff," Kauffman said.

After his departure from the Bobcats, it was reported that the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors were interested in McInnis.


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