Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Mavericks' Walker reportedly Hawks-bound in 4-player deal

The Associated Press

ATLANTA - All-Star forward Antoine Walker is headed to the Atlanta Hawks in a four-player deal with the Dallas Mavericks, according to media reports Tuesday.

Jason Terry and Alan Henderson will be sent to Dallas in exchange for Walker and Tony Delk when the deal is finalized today, according to, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Dallas Morning News, which all cited unidentified sources.

The NBA office was closed Tuesday, preventing any trade from being completed.

Hawks general manager Billy Knight could not be reached for comment, and chief of operations Bernie Mullin declined comment, as did other Atlanta officials. The Mavericks did not return calls.

The 6-foot-9 Walker, who turns 28 Aug. 12, has averaged 19.9 points in his career, including 14.0 points and 8.3 rebounds last season.

Terry averaged 16.8 points and 5.4 assists last season.

Delk averaged 6.0 points and 15.4 minutes for Dallas last season.

BULLS-KNICKS TRADE? General managers Isiah Thomas and John Paxson have agreed in principle to a six-player trade that would send Bulls Jamal Crawford and Jerome Williams to the Knicks for Dikembe Mutombo, Othella Harrington, Frank Williams and Cezary Trybanski, the Chicago Tribune reports league sources said.

Crawford's camp has rejected the trade - for now.

The streamlined version of the trade calls for Crawford to sign a seven-year, $55 million deal.

In previously discussed scenarios, Crawford stood to make that amount in six years and possibly $70 million in seven years. The new figures have given Crawford's camp pause, sources said.

HORNETS: Rodney Rogers, a veteran of 11 seasons, signed a one-year contract. He averaged 7.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in his two seasons with New Jersey.

WIZARDS: Forward-center Kwame Brown underwent surgery on a broken bone in his foot, which he injured while playing in a pickup game with some college players last week. He's expected to be ready for training camp.

"Our doctors foresee no problems for Kwame's healing process and feel that he will be ready for training camp in October," Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld said.

• Washington signed forward Michael Ruffin, who averaged 2.2 points and 5.0 rebounds in 23 games for Utah last season. Terms were not released.

KNICKS: New York signed second-round pick Trevor Ariza, who averaged 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds for UCLA last season. Terms were not released.

LAKERS: Free agent Slava Medvedenko signed a two-year contract. He averaged career highs in points (8.3), rebounds (5.0) and assists (0.8) last season.

BOBCATS: Free agent point guard Omar Cook signed with Charlotte after playing for the team in a summer league. Cook, 6-1 and 190 pounds, averaged 5.0 assists and 3.7 points in the Reebok Rocky Mountain Revue.

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