Thursday, August 5, 2004

Mavericks, Hawks finish 4-player deal

The Associated Press

ATLANTA - The Mavericks traded Antoine Walker and Tony Delk to the Hawks on Wednesday for Jason Terry, Alan Henderson and a first-round draft pick.

While Atlanta general manager Billy Knight thinks the deal is a small step in the process of overhauling his roster, Dallas might have filled its most pressing need.

Terry, the Hawks' first-round pick in the 1999 NBA draft, averaged 16.8 points and 5.4 assists last season but is more of a combo guard than a pure point guard. The Mavericks needed a point guard after losing Steve Nash to free agency, and they see Terry as a scorer who has flourished in coach Don Nelson's system.

PISTONS-SIXERS: Detroit acquired Derrick Coleman and Amal McCaskill from Philadelphia in a trade for Corliss Williamson.

The Sixers made it clear they wanted to deal Coleman, who has two years and $9.5 million on his contract.

Williamson had $18 million and three guaranteed years left on his deal.

SPURS: San Antonio signed veteran forward Tony Massenburg and re-signed forward Sean Marks.

TIMBERWOLVES: Trenton Hassell will remain with Minnesota after the Timberwolves matched the Portland Trail Blazers' offer for the restricted free agent.

WIZARDS: Washington signed free agent forward Samaki Walker. Walker has played with Dallas, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami over an eight-year career.

KNICKS: Free agent center Erick Dampier visited New York, a team he said would go farther in the playoffs with him on the roster.

Dampier met with Knicks coach Lenny Wilkens, toured the practice facility with Madison Square Garden and was expected to meet with general manager Isiah Thomas.

HORNETS: Former Mavericks head coach and Bulls and Lakers assistant Jim Cleamons has joined New Orleans.

BRYANT CASE: The woman who accused Kobe Bryant of rape will have to discuss with prosecutors whether she will go ahead with the criminal case because she fears the release of court documents about her sex life threatens her chance of getting a fair hearing, one of her lawyers said Wednesday.

John Clune said his 20-year-old client will have to talk to prosecutors soon about that and also will consider whether to file a civil suit against the NBA star.

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