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Old 11-19-2019, 11:57 AM   #1
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Unfinished Business: The Patrick Ewing Story

Welcome to my dynasty story starting in the 2000-01 season with the New York Knicks.

The 2000–01 New York Knicks season was the 54th season for the Knicks in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Knicks were thrown into turmoil when Knicks legend Patrick Ewing requested to be traded due to constant media criticism.

The Knicks were refusing to extend his contract beyond the one year remaining on it, were wary about his skills, and didn't want to deal with the possibility of a grumpy, aging star in a tabloid city. The Knicks figured: This is Latrell Sprewell's team now.

"Everybody has been talking about how the team was better off without me, so ... " Ewing said, leaving you to finish the thought.

This is where I will pick up the story in the off-season of the 2000-01 season.

This will be a player lock MyLeague with Patrick Ewing.

*For some reason Ewing's minutes are not displaying correctly in box score's
Generally its 10 minutes more than displaying. Must be a bug?!

NBA2K20 MyLeague Settings
Roster: 2000-01 In Progress (Mine)
Sliders: All Star
Draft Classes:2001 Historic Draft Class edited by me.
Season Length: 82 Games
Quarter Length: 12 Minutes
Normalized Played to Sim Minutes: Off
Normalized Played to Sim Stats: Off
Conference Quarterfinals: 5 Games
Conference Semifinals: 7 Games
Conference Finals: 7 Games
NBA Finals: 7 Games

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2000-01 Season

Around the NBA
NBA Draft 2000.
Ewing Nearly Traded to Sonics.
NBA Free Agency Roundup 2000.
Mourning Is Out for Season With a Kidney Disease.
Eastern Conference Preview 2000-01.
Western Conference Preview 2000-01.

League Stats and Standings.

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Episode 1:Just get over it.
Episode 2: Life's too Short.

Game 1 [email protected]
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Game 3 [email protected]
Game 4 [email protected]

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2000-01 Roster

New York Knicks 2000-01
1Chris ChildsPG6-3195$4,680,000
2Larry JohnsonPF6-7250$11,000,000
8Latrell SprewellSF6-5190$10,125,000
9DeShawn StevensonSG6-5218$828,120
14Chris DudleyC6-11235$6,200,000
20Allan HoustonSG6-6200$9,000,000
21Charlie WardPG6-2190$5,040,000
23Marcus CambyC6-11220$5,750,000
33Patrick EwingC7-0250$14,000,000
35Brian CardinalPF6-7230$316,969
40Kurt ThomasPF6-9230$3,680,000
44John WallaceSF6-8225$2,200,000

New York Knicks Depth Chart - 2000-01
PGCharlie WardChris Childs
SGAllan HoustonDeShawn Stevenson
SFLatrell SprewellJohn Wallace
PFLarry JohnsonKurt ThomasBrian Cardinal
CMarcus CambyPatrick EwingChris Dudley

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NBA Draft 2000 Review.

NBA Draft 2000 Review.

1. Nets - PF Kenyon Martin, 6-9, Sr., Cincinnati
This was the guy the Nets just had to take. Without an athletic big man to block shots or score, New Jersey couldn't go with Darius Miles. Martin can score and defend. He will start right away at either power forward or center. He's not a 7-footer, but he will block shots like one. Maybe Keith Van Horn moves to small forward and the Jim McIlvaine/Jamie Feick center mess continues, maybe not. Either way, this is a no-brainer pick. No Michael Olowokandi here. Martin's a future star.

2. Grizzlies - PF Stromile Swift, 6-9, So., LSU
The Grizzlies really are not that far away. Really. If you add Swift to the other four starters, all of whom started all 82 games last season, this team looks pretty good. Well, at least they should win more than 20 games. There still is no bench here at all. Swift might not have the offensive game of Martin, but he should be a dominant defender. The leaper can block shots, rebound, and is emerging offensively. Put him next to big-time scorer Shareef Abdur-Rahim at forward or put Big Country Reeves out of his misery at center. Again, Vancouver had no choice on this pick. Plus, they actually found someone willing to go to Vancouver.

3. Clippers - SF Darius Miles, 6-9, East St. Louis (Ill.) HS
The wild card of the draft. Does he stay in Clipperland? It looks like it. The Magic really wanted the guy, but the Clips did the right thing. And Miles is sounding like he wants to stay in town, which we can only attribute to his youth. Anyway, this is a pure and raw athlete who probably doesn't contribute right away, like a Kobe Bryant. He has the size to play above the rim and needs more range on his shot. But he can run the floor very well. He's only 18, but in a few years we'll remember when he was drafted. Right now he's a small forward, but his now is probably later.

4. Bulls - PF Marcus Fizer, 6-8, Iowa State
Wow. Now, here's the first shocker of the draft. Jerry Krause certainly didn't tip his hand on this selection. An unusual pick for the Bulls, Fizer is really a power forward. So is Elton Brand. The Bulls picked soon after and got their center in Chris Mihm, but they inexplicably dealt him away, so Fizer stays. Fizer is sort of a Brand clone, though he doesn't block shots at all nor rebound a ton. He does have decent range, but could be better from the perimeter. Remember, this is no 7-footer. He's only 6-8, but he's probably the strongest guy in the draft. It will be interesting to see how he and Brand play together, and who plays the middle.

5. Magic - SF Mike Miller, 6-8, Florida
A great shooter who has range and can play inside with his size, Miller wasn't supposed to go with this pick either. But the Magic can definitely use him right away to play small forward. He's versatile and mature, and the Hawks are probably a bit shocked they didn't get him. Orlando didn't have much scoring coming from the forward spot, with Bo Outlaw and Ben Wallace just rebounding and blocking shots. Now the Magic have another scorer, and when the bevy of big-time free agents comes to central Florida to play here, Miller will be a nice compliment.

6. Hawks - SG DerMarr Johnson, 6-9, Cincinnati
A Mike Miller clone, Johnson might not be as strong or as mature. Either Miller or Johnson would have been a good fit for the rebuilding Hawks, who didn't really have a solid, young player at the two or three spots. Johnson is more likely a shooting guard, though a tall one at 6-9. Jimmy Jackson is the only other Hawk who can score at Johnson's positions. Add this guy to Jason Terry in the backcourt, get a big forward to help Dikembe Mutombo on the boards and maybe Lon Kruger can turn this thing around quickly.

7. Bulls (traded to Cavs) - C Chris Mihm, 7-0, Texas
Well, congratulations to the Cavaliers, who got the big man they wanted. For some reason that we just cannot figure out, the Bulls, who can't really play Brand at center and definitely can't use Fizer there, dealt away the guy they seemed to want. Mihm went to Cleveland for Jamal Crawford and cash. And yes, Will Perdue was already waived by Chicago, so he's not the answer. Anyway, Mihm is the best true center in this draft. He can block shots and rebound, he has an offensive game, and the Cavs can finally let Shawn Kemp play his natural four spot, and they don't have to worry about Zydrunas Ilgauskas and his brittle feet.

8. Cavs (traded to Bulls) - PG Jamal Crawford, 6-6, Michigan
Originally when this pick was made, we're thinking, what, another point guard? So finally we got a trade, as Crawford is going to Chicago to run the point for the Bulls. Crawford becomes the first point guard taken, which is a surprise. He does have great size for the position, is fine defensively and has plenty of moves. The Bulls lose the center they just took, but they do have good up-front scoring in Brand and Fizer. Chicago had a huge need for a point who could actually score. Crawford can.

9. Rockets (traded to Bucks) - C Joel Przybilla, 7-1, Minnesota
Forget the booing you heard from the Philly-like crowd in Minneapolis. The guy can rebound and block shots. George Karl apparently really wanted the guy, and he got him in a trade for No. 16 pick Jason Collier and a future first-rounder. The Bucks were desperate for a big man. Przybilla can play right away, and the Bucks can put Ervin Johnson on the bench, where he really belongs. Przybilla started to develop late in college, not finding his scoring game until his truncated sophomore season. Is he physical enough? Does he have enough moves? Maybe Karl will be patient with him.

10. Magic (traded to Clippers) - PG Keyon Dooling, 6-3, Missouri
A point guard who doesn't pass? Sounds perfect for the Clippers, who get this guy in a deal from Orlando for basically nothing (L.A. got Dooling, Derek Strong, Corey Maggette and cash all for a future first-rounder). Dooling is really a shooter first, passer second. He is quick and has range, but his defense might be suspect and with his decision making in college, it's anyone's guess whether he can really run the point in the NBA. But he's a Clipper now, so it's likely nobody will notice.

11. Celtics - PF Jerome Moiso, 6-10, UCLA
A lefty who can run the floor very well for a big man, Moiso is tall and thin. He does well off the offensive glass. The Celtics had to get bigger in the draft, and with this Frenchman they do. Moiso scored double figures both his seasons at UCLA, and with his long arms does block shots. The Celtic won't rely on him to score too much, but he should help right away.

12. Mavericks - PF Etan Thomas, 6-9, Syracuse
This gives the Mavs another shot-blocker, but in a much different mold than Shawn Bradley. A mature guy who played all four years in orange, Thomas really developed in his senior season, though the stats might not show it. A consistent double-digit scorer and solid boardman, Thomas finished seventh on the NCAA list in blocks, but he can also score, which separates him from Big Shawn. Finally, Don Nelson doesn't make a strange pick. But the night is still young.

13. Magic (traded to Mavs) - SG Courtney Alexander, 6-5, Fresno State
This guy can flat out light it up. He led the nation in scoring at better than 24 points a game, and he has what they call the total pro game. He led the WAC in scoring the last two years, but he really improved his draft stock his senior year. We thought Alexander would be gone maybe seven or eight picks ago, so the Magic got a steal. Actually, they got a steal for Nelson's Mavericks, who get this guy for a first-rounder next year and cash. So far, Nellie's looking good.

14. Pistons - PG Mateen Cleaves, 6-2, Michigan State
With Crawford and Dooling already gone, and the Pistons having a need for a point guard, Cleaves does make sense. He's basically a hometown guy, and while there are questions about his game, there aren't any when it comes to his leadership ability. The two-time Big Ten player of the year is not a great shooter, plain and simple. He can handle the ball and find the right man, though, and is a character guy. The pick will be popular in Pistonland, which will be key if Grant Hill flies the coup.

15. Bucks (traded to Rockets) - C Jason Collier, 7-0, Georgia Tech
Collier was traded to Houston after being picked, giving the Rockets another big man to go with Hakeem Olajuwon up front. Collier led the ACC in boards and is a good defender who shoots well, and doesn't try to do too much. He could use some work in the post, however. Collier did average 17 points per game in each of his seasons at Georgia Tech, but he also played two years with Bob Knight. Houston expects to be much better next season, and Collier, assuming he can handle those Steve Francis passes, should fit right in.

16. Kings - SF Hidayet Turkoglu, 6-8, Turkey
Well, the guy can shoot, we know that. There might be no better shooter in Europe. But we stress the Europe part. Who knows, maybe he comes to the States soon. The Kings do have a need at small forward, with Corliss Williamson not likely to return, and Predrag Stojakovic probably not ready to start there because of defensive liabilities. Of course, Turkoglu might have the same problems.

17. Sonics - SF Desmond Mason, 6-5, Okla. State
Solid choice for the Sonics, who get a good athlete who can shoot and defend. Mason came on strong in his senior season, averaging 18 points a game and hitting shots from all over the place. The Sonics started Ruben Patterson at the three, but he's more slasher than scorer. Restricted free agent Rashard Lewis is still here, but he is more of a scorer than rebounder. Mason can do both. So there's opportunity for him to step right in.

18. Clippers - SG Quentin Richardson, 6-6, DePaul
He probably would have been selected higher had he left school a year earlier, so Richardson could be a steal here. What, Clippers, steal? Yes, we know. Anyway, with Derek Anderson leaving town the first chance he gets, don't be too surprised if Richardson gets a chance. A great offensive rebounder who finds a way to score, Richardson might be putting up numbers quickly.

19. Hornets - PF Jamaal Magloire, 6-10, Kentucky
A big man who might have trouble finding minutes in Charlotte, Magloire is still good insurance. You never know with Derrick Coleman and Anthony Mason. Magloire didn't do a whole lot until his senior season, when he produced 13.2 points and grabbed 9.1 rebounds. Originally applied for the draft a year earlier, but improved so much by coming back it was worth it. Still, might not be a great fit in Charlotte.

20. 76ers - PG Speedy Claxton, 5-11, Hofstra
The Raptors were probably hoping Speedy would slip to them with the next pick, but Philly doesn't care. The Sixers were looking hard at Turkoglu, who was snapped up by the Kings. Claxton's not a big guy, but he performed very well in pre-draft camps and should be able to score. He's mature and easy to coach, and he hits his shots. With Eric Snow the current point guard, Philly can wait awhile for Speedy to develop, but he's probably about as developed as he'll get.

21. Raptors - SF Morris Peterson, 6-7, Michigan State
Surprise! Everyone thought the Raptors would go point guard here, since they desperately need one, but look at the points who were already gone. You can't take Khalid El-Amin here. So, Mo' Pete becomes pretty nice insurance if Tracy McGrady leaves town. The Big Ten player of the year really doesn't have a major weakness. A scorer who plays the wing well and is smart, Peterson was a fifth-year senior and a great leader. The Raptors should love the guy.

22. Knicks - SG DeShawn Stevenson, 6-5, Wash. Union (Calif.) HS
Stevenson is a high school kid with a lot of ability. The Knicks have plenty of players under contract and can take their time with him. Stevenson is an athlete who can run and jump, but he's very raw. So, don't expect much right away. The Knicks don't take high school kids, but Stevenson was so impressive in a workout, they went against their history. We'll know in a few years how it works out.

23. Jazz - SF Donnell Harvey, 6-8, Florida
We're not sure why Harvey only played one year in college, and proved he could rebound the ball and work hard. Everyone was saying the Jazz wanted the guy. But now they have him, he will take time to develop as the Jazz are deep at the wings.

24. Bulls - C Dalibor Bagaric, 7-0, Croatia
Actually, we know a little about this chap. As his size might suggest, he blocks shots. Maybe Jerry Krause thinks he's as good as Mihm, whom he dealt away. Bagaric averaged 18.3 points and 10.4 rebounds his final year in Croatia, his first year of meaningful time there. Krause had some nice luck with another Croatian sensation (Toni Kukoc), so maybe he knows what he's doing.

25. Suns - C , Jake Tsakalidis, 7-0, Greece
Now here's a guy who really slipped far. Obviously, his contractual status is the reason, because teams seemed to love the guy's ability. Cleveland was supposedly taking Big Jake at No. 8. Anyway, this guy is big, really big. From his post-selection interview, he seems to think he won't be playing again for his Greek team, which is good news for Scott Skiles. Luc Longley doesn't have the same game he once had (insert joke here) and the Suns need an inside presence. If you can bring Tsakalidis over, here's the presence.

26. Nuggets - C Mamadou N'Diaye, 7-0, Auburn
It was thought that he might be going earlier to Seattle, but when you look at the stats he put up offensively, you can see why he slipped a bit. N'Diaye does play defense, though, and the Nuggets, well, they didn't. Agile and quick but not real physical, N'Diaye can still develop an offensive game, and the Nuggets can wait.

27. Pacers - C Primoz Brezec, Slovenia
Brezec hasn't played much at all the last few years, but part of that could be because he was on such a good team. The Pacers could have a few openings on their team. Out goes Rik Smits, in comes Brezec? The book on him is that has a low-post game and does rebound, but since he hasn't done it at the NBA level -- nor really on the European level the last few years -- he's a risk.

28. Blazers - PG Erick Barkley, 6-1, St. John's
This is a pretty good pick for this spot in the draft, but do the Blazers really need the guy, considering that Damon Stoudamire and Greg Anthony are still in town? Of course, that could change. If it does, then Barkley will get a chance to show off some good transition skills and questionable defense. But the guess here is that there's no room for him.

29. Lakers -PF, Mark Madsen, 6-9, Stanford
With A.C. Green being released earlier in the day, maybe Madsen steps right in to the starting power forward spot! Maybe not. But Madsen does have nice bulk and makes his shots. Madsen is fundamentally sound and solid on the boards. The Lakers were thought to be interested in him, and it's likely he could take the small amount of minutes Travis Knight was getting.

Selected others:
39. Knicks - PF Brian Cardinal, 6-8, Purdue
Brian Cardinal helped lead Purdue to the Elite 8 last season, with his rebounding and sweet shooting stroke. He received the nickname, "The Custodian", due to the way he cleaned the floor diving for loose balls. You can tell Jeff Van Gundy helped with this pick.
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Episode 1: Just get over it.

Episode 1: Just get over it.

‘So that’s it for me David. I’m done with the Knicks. No extension and I'm out of here. I’ll give you a list of the teams I'd like to be traded to: Portland, Seattle, Orlando, Miami, L.A. Lakers, Phoenix and Indiana. That's it.

“I understand Patrick. I don’t think you should give up on your dream like this though. As Coach Van Gundy said, you’re a victim of circumstance. Maybe you should go back and talk to him.”

‘I don’t know if I believe it,it's him that's coaching the team. I'm not happy with my bit part role. I'm 37 but I'm not finished yet. I don’t want that bandied around about me.’

“I know, image is everything. Listen, I hear Gerry McNamara is coming down to speak to the local AAU team today at 12pm. You should go down to listen to the local's and get a feel for everything.”

‘Yeah why not, you want to come with?’

“Alright let’s go Patrick. Give me 5 minutes to grab a few things.”

David Falk was right. He always was. McNamara was asked to speak to a youth AAU basketball team in Queens coached by Adrian Autry Sr. McNamara is an Assistant Coach with Syracuse. To make the trip worthwhile for everyone, Autry was rounding up some players for an open tournament before the speech. There were open spots for local ballers to join in too. I want to clear my head and go and see some up and coming locals compete on the asphalt for an hour or two.

We arrived at the court around 10am. It was packed. I got a few hellos and high fives, shook a few hands, but nothing major. They were all there to watch the games not look for autographs all morning. It was nice for a change.

“Hey big guy, you ever learn to pass it out of the post?”

'What the he......'

As I turned around I realised it was Charles Oakley.

'Oak! Whats up man!'

I had heard a commotion during the last game, but didn’t pass any heed to people crowding around off the court. They saw Oakley walk in and were swarming him for handshakes and autographs,

“I can't stay away from this city Pat. I love the grit and grind down here on the asphalt. Not as much of that up in Toronto.”

'New York is the Mecca Oak. Love seeing some old school man up ball being played down here on the blacktop too.'

The ball was checked up. Both of us stood there and watched the young kid Tinsley, like, ‘Let’s see what you got'

Tinsley was a baller. Brooklyn born and bred. Was heading for the draft in the next two years.

Tinsley drove toward us on the wing, looking to pass. Then he crossed it over spun and layed it over a second defender for the first basket of the game. He gave me a wide-eyed look and said “Stay in NYC, I'm coming to help ya next year Pat!”

“Hey man, you seriously thinking of leaving here?”

Not sure Oak. Not Sure. They won't give me an extension, and Jeff said I won't start this season.

“Lot to think about though EW. I wish I was back here. I mean I love Vince and the guys, but I miss the old guard here back in NYC. This is home.”

'I know. It's not an easy decision. David is working the phones with Scotty Layden. If the right deal pops up, I'll take it.

“You shouldn't rush in to the decision. Look me up if you want to talk more about it. Starks is around later in the week. Catch up with him too. Father time catches up with us all Pat. So what if you don't start, you can win 6th man of the year. Just get over it.”

'Later Oak, I'll call you brother.'

“Peace and Love always Pat.”
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Ewing Nearly Traded to Sonics

Ewing Nearly Traded to Sonics.

The New York Knicks were all set to trade Patrick Ewing for Glen Rice and Vin Baker as part of a four-team mega-deal. For most of Monday, people thought the blockbuster was imminent.

Now, the trade looks dead.

In what would have been the largest trade in NBA history, the Knicks, Lakers, SuperSonics and Pistons discussed sending Ewing to Seattle, Rice and Baker to New York and Christian Laettner and Chris Dudley to Los Angeles. The Pistons would have received several lesser caliber players, draft picks and cash.

ESPN.com had reported the deal had been agreed to, but it reportedly collapsed when the Pistons backed out. The New York Times reported in Tuesday’s editions that the Pistons called it off because they didn’t want to take on some of the players’ contracts.

But the New York Post also reported that the Pistons might have held up the deal because they are mulling a separate offer for Laettner from Dallas.

However, the Daily News quoted an unidentified Knicks source as saying the snag was not very significant″ and the blockbuster deal might still happen.

Whether the deal is dead or not, it has become clear that the Knicks are set to part ways with Ewing, a 15-year stalwart for the franchise who never delivered the championship he was expected to bring.

A trade could be revived if the Lakers, Knicks and SuperSonics can find a new fourth team to broker it.

But for now, Ewing remains a Knick, Rice remains in limbo and the NBA awaits the next big move in a summer of player movement that will include Grant Hill, Tim Duncan and Tracy McGrady.

The fortunes of several big stars were at stake in this latest deal. The centerpieces would have been Ewing, whose age and style of play haven’t always meshed with his newer, younger teammates; Rice, a free agent who was displeased last season by his role with the world-champion Lakers; and Baker, an Olympian and former All-Star whose game has deteriorated the past two seasons while his weight ballooned.

Had the trade gone through, the Sonics were then set to sign free agent Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Taylor for the midlevel salary cap exception of $2.5 million. It was unclear how the apparent collapse of the four-team trade would affect Taylor’s chances of signing in Seattle.

Ewing, 37, is entering the final year of a four-year, $60 million contract but wants to play two more years after the upcoming season. His production has slumped the past two seasons as he has battled injuries while also moving into a diminished role with New York.

Recently, Ewing gave the Knicks a list of eight teams to which he would accept a trade. He is one of just a handful of NBA players with no-trade clauses in their contracts.

"I’m a little bit surprised but we knew this day might come,″ said John Starks, a former teammate of Ewing’s who remains his close friend. It would be the end of a great era in this city’s history. It’ll be tough to see him leave New York and it’s going to be even tougher for him.″

Rice, who has been one of the league’s best shooters, remains the most high-profile unsigned free agent. A three-time All-Star who averaged at least 21.1 points for five straight seasons beginning in 1993-94, he was never comfortable with the Lakers being the third option on offense behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.

Among the other players that reportedly would have moved in the four-team Knicks-Pistons-Lakers-Sonics trade were Travis Knight from the Lakers to the Knicks, David Wingate from New York to the Pistons, Vernon Maxwell, Vladimir Stepania, Lazaro Borrell and Greg Foster from the Sonics to the Pistons, and Tyronn Lue and John Celestand from the Lakers to Detroit. The Pistons also would have received draft picks and cash.
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NBA Free Agency Roundup 2000

NBA Free Agency Roundup 2000

Despite the attention from the Orlando Magic and the opportunity to play beside Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady, Spurs free agent Tim Duncan announced yesterday that he would remain with San Antonio.

With the Spurs, he gets almost the same deal--and a little more. He plays alongside a nine-time all-star center in David Robinson and the Spurs--NBA champions in 1999--are likely to challenge the Los Angeles Lakers for the title.

"We were thrilled to hear what he said," said Gregg Popovich, the Spurs' general manager and coach. "It's huge. He's a franchise player. In my opinion, the last 10 years, maybe there have been three people coming out of the draft that are franchise-changing players."

Popovich said Robinson and Duncan are two of them (Robinson actually was drafted in 1987). The other, he says, is Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal.

Meanwhile, Orlando also apparently has succeeded in its pursuit of free agent forward Tracy McGrady. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Miami tried to work out a sign-and-trade deal with McGrady's old team, the Toronto Raptors, that would send McGrady to the Heat for point guard Anthony Carter and power forward P.J. Brown. Instead Orlando completed a sign and trade for a 2005 1st round pick with the Raptors.

To keep Duncan, the Spurs and his agent--Washington attorney Lon Babby--needed to work out a contract. Duncan will sign a seven-year deal for $86.5 million.

"We hope he's here forever," Popovich said. "I think whatever he wants to do were probably going to do it."

Orlando had courted Duncan heavily ever since teams were allowed to contact free agents, calling Duncan at midnight on July 1.

Speculation had followed Duncan and Detroit Pistons free agent Grant Hill when the Magic cleared $20 million in salary-cap space. Last week, Hill told the Pistons that he would sign with Orlando. Orlando then completed a sign and trade with Detroit exchanging Chucky Atkins and Ben Wallace.

Duncan and Hill were given the red-carpet treatment on their visit to Orlando over the July 4 weekend. Hill and his wife, Tamia, stayed an extra day to house-hunt. Biilboards in Orlando showed Magic uniforms with the two players' names on them. Reporters tracked every move.

Duncan said he "had a good time," but found all the attention "annoying."

In the end, Orlando couldn't top San Antonio, where Duncan has won an NBA title, and where billboards pleaded, "Stay, Tim, stay!"

"We have a great opportunity with myself and David at the core of the whole thing, and the fact that we have won it before," Duncan said at his news conference.

As the Spurs learned they were keeping Duncan, it appeared small forward Sean Elliott might be returning as well.

Elliott, 32, who underwent a kidney transplant last August, told the San Antonio Express-News he would prefer not to end his career after losing in the first round of the playoffs last season. He said Duncan's return might encourage him to stay.

Offseason Highlights


Seattle Trade F Horace Grant to Los Angeles for F Glen Rice and C Travis Knight.

Toronto Trade G Doug Christie to Sacramento for F Corliss Williamson

Portland Trade F Jermaine O'Neal to Indiana for F Dale Davis

Cleveland Trade F Shawn Kemp to Portland
Portland Trade F Brian Grant to Miami
Miami Trade F Clarence Weatherspoon, F Chris Gatling and a 2001 1st Rd Pick to Cleveland.

Detroit Trade F Christian Laettner and C Terry Mills to Dallas for F Cedric Ceballos

Charlotte Trade G Eddie Jones, G Dale Ellis, F Anthony Mason and F Ricky Davis to Miami
Miami Trade F PJ Brown, F Otis Thorpe, F Jamal Mashburn and F Rodney Buford to Charlotte.

Free Agent Signings
Bobby Jackson signs with Sacramento
Derek Andeson signs with San Antonio
Ron Mercer signs with Chicago
John Starks signs with Utah
Mark Jackson signs with Toronto
Danny Fortson signs with Golden State
Chris Mullin signs with Golden State
Brad Miller signs with Chicago
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