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New Hinrich deal may have to wait

Ideally, both Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich and general manager John Paxson would like to come to terms on a new contract. But the reality is, Paxson and agent Jeff Austin have one week until the league's deadline to get a deal done.

''Right now, I honestly don't know if it will happen,'' Paxson said Monday. ''If it does, great. If it doesn't, it waits until next summer.

''As I [said] before, Jeff and I made an agreement that we aren't going to talk publicly about numbers or anything like that. We've had discussions. We've made our case, and he's made his. If it happens, it happens. But I've said this before, too: If we don't get a deal done, it doesn't reflect how we feel about Kirk.''

An attempt to reach Austin on Monday was unsuccessful.

Hinrich, who will make $3,064,916 this season, said on Oct. 13 that he had ''the impression it's going to get done,'' but that he was ''not counting on it.''

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Skiles not done fiddling with his starting lineup

Kirk Hinrich, Ben Gordon, Luol Deng, Andres Nocioni and Ben Wallace worked as the first unit during Monday's practice at the Berto Center and all are expected to start Tuesday night against Memphis.

"I want to at least look at one different lineup before the season starts," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said.

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Inside the Bulls

This season, the Bulls hope to pull off what only a select few teams have done -- compete for a league championship without an established go-to guy on offense.

But if forward Luol Deng and/or guard Ben Gordon can answer the call, then general manager John Paxson likes to believe there's safety in numbers.

"That would be the ideal scenario," Paxson said after practice at the Berto Center on Monday. "You always can use one legitimate scorer, a guy you can pencil in for 20 (points) every night."

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Gordon’s dunk impresses teammates

The most impressive play of the Bulls’ preseason occurred during Sunday’s free scrimmage at the United Center.

This annual fan-friendly exercise usually features very little defense. So when Ben Gordon took off on a fastbreak, it was surprising to see rookie Tyrus Thomas go up to challenge the shot.

The 6-foot-9 Thomas is easily the Bulls’ best leaper and has turned in a number of impressive dunks and blocks during the preseason. But despite Thomas’ defensive pressure, the 6-2 Gordon reared back and hammered an authoritative slam dunk over the top of his rookie teammate.

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Wallace worth the going rate

In the real-estate industry, they're known as "comps," which is short for comparables.

If you're thinking about selling your home or refinancing it, you find comparable homes in your neighborhood that recently sold. That gives you some sense of what your home is worth.

Based on the comps, Gerald Wallace will leap into the high-rent district next summer.

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Coach, players still in ownership limbo

As the new ownership group learns today whether it will be approved to buy the Seattle SuperSonics, many in organization are anxious to discover what the change means.

Under NBA rules, Clay Bennett, chairman of the incoming Professional Basketball Club, has been unable to have significant contact with anybody in the organization.

Therefore, coach Bob Hill does not know how many players Bennett will allow him to keep for a season that tips off in little more than a week. General manager Rick Sund does not know what the strategy will be for the Rashard Lewis contract-extension negotiations. CEO Wally Walker does not know if he will have a job.

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Bennett era about to start with Sonics

The Clay Bennett era is about to begin.

These are anxious times for the Oklahoma City investment capitalist, who is poised to officially assume control of the Seattle Sonics and WNBA Storm once the NBA Board of Governors approves his bid for ownership today.

Bennett needs a two-thirds majority vote (23 of the possible 30) to finalize the $350 million sale to the Professional Basketball Club (PBC) LLC.

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Sonics ownership to be decided today

The Western Washington region and those who follow the Seattle SuperSonics will know about 1 p.m. today whether the club has new ownership.

After prospective owner Clayton Bennett met with the NBA financing committee Monday, the sale of the Sonics to Bennett and his Professional Basketball Club (LLC) will go up for approval by the NBA Board of Governors at New York's Essex House in midtown Manhattan.

The more arduous process occurred Monday when Bennett was interviewed by the NBA and asked to disclose his financing plan for the $350 million agreed-upon price with outgoing owner Howard Schultz and his Basketball Club of Seattle.

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Erving would be great as owner, say Williams, Croce

This is September 1976: Pat Williams, the 76ers' general manager, dials Bill Melchionni, general manager of the ABA's New York Nets.

This is the way Williams remembers it:

Williams: "Would you have any interest in moving Julius Erving?"

Melchionni: "Not right now."

Williams: "If anything changes, would you call me?"

Two weeks later...

Melchionni: "Are you still interested?"

Williams: "What would it take?"

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Cut and dry: Deal would help

The Celtics still have one cut to make, but they’d rather not have to wield that blade. According to league sources, the Celts have been looking to make a more-bodies-for-fewer deal that would leave them at, or below, the 15-man limit.
It has been indicated either Michael Olowokandi, Luke Jackson or Allan Ray will have to go. But coach Doc Rivers reiterated yesterday it would be tough to let go of a veteran big man with Theo Ratliff still out (back strain).
Ray, an impressive shooter who also might fit into the point guard rotation, is one they’d like to keep. Jackson is a good shooter in a crowded field.

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Celtics have hole to fill at center

At 6 feet 10 inches, Theo Ratliff cuts an imposing figure at Celtics practices -- when he stands in the doorway of the room leading from the floor to the locker room. That's as close as he gets to real basketball these days, and his prolonged absence may compel coach Doc Rivers to adjust his thinking about the roster.

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Team still owes Grant $15 million

If the NBA had not given teams the opportunity in August 2005 to shed the contract of a player for luxury-tax purposes, Brian Grant more than likely would be a member of the Lakers today.

Instead, Grant is collecting the second-biggest paycheck on the team after Kobe Bryant even though he hasn t played for the Lakers since the 2004-05 season and isn t even in an NBA training camp.

To understand the $15 million hole in the Lakers payroll, you have to go back to the Shaquille O Neal trade. With O Neal due to make more than $27 million, the Lakers had to take back a big contract to make the deal work under league salary-cap rules.

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Fisher close to returning to lineup

Injured guard Derek Fisher should practice Wednesday, and only then will the Jazz know if he can play in their preseason finale Thursday night against Indiana, coach Jerry Sloan said Monday.
"Hopefully we can see where he is on Wednesday," Sloan said prior to the Jazz's exhibition visit with Portland, "and if he feels like playing, then maybe we can get him on the floor and see where he is."
Even if Fisher isn't ready to go Thursday, he may be still be ready for Utah's Nov. 1 regular-season opener vs. Houston.
Sloan, though, isn't ready to commit to how many minutes Fisher can expect — or if he'll start.
"I just have to see where he is," the Jazz coach said.
"Now he's behind some of the stuff we've done, so I just have to try to work that out," he added. "I don't like for a guy to be totally uncomfortable with what we're doing, and hopefully (comfortable) is where we can get him in the next few days."

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Rose supports his team and youth

Jalen Rose went to the Boys Club of New York in East Harlem yesterday with a check for $10,000 as part of his Giving Back Fund to support academic programs.

The deal is that for the last five years Rose has donated $50 for every assist he hands out on the court, which in good years has meant more than $20,000 in donations to selected charities in the cities for which he plays.

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Backup guard shines in loss to Wizards

With an abundance of guards on the Hawks roster, Cedric Bozeman had nearly 11 minutes Monday night to prove he deserves to stay.

Undrafted after helping lead UCLA to the NCAA championship game his senior year, the 6-foot-6 rookie scored all five of his points in the first period of the Hawks' 110-105 exhibition loss to the Washington Wizards

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Heat roster spots still available

Final roster decisions loom as the Heat closes its preseason schedule tonight at Orlando and home against Houston on Wednesday.

The roster remained at 18 Monday. Heat coach Pat Riley stopped short of saying former UM shooting guard Rob Hite has made the team, but that appears likely. Daniel Horton and Vincent Grier are long shots, and Chris Quinn appears to be battling Antonio Burks for the No. 3 point-guard job -- a job that takes on more significance with Jason Williams likely to miss at least the first two weeks recovering from knee surgery.

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Transition game: WPB native Manuel working on NBA skills

The first two stages of Jackie Manuel's basketball career went about as well as he possibly could have hoped.

Manuel, who was born in West Palm Beach, went to Cardinal Newman High and led the Crusaders to back-to-back Class 3A state titles.

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Wells' return remains uncertain

With the Rockets opening the last two seasons at 6-11 and 3-11, a fast start has been on their minds. Yet Bonzi Wells has barely practiced in training camp, let alone played in an exhibition game, and no one seems to know when his absence for "personal reasons" will end.

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Villanueva searching for his game

With the National Basketball Association's regular season rapidly approaching, new Milwaukee Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva is making a promise to his team's coaches, players and fans.

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Wolves opt to keep McCants for 3rd year

Shooting guard Rashad McCants hasn't scored a point for the Timberwolves this preseason and probably won't over the first two months of the regular season, either, as he continues to rehab his surgically repaired right knee.

But that won't stop him from earning an extra $1.7 million or so this week.

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