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Raptors sign top pick Jefferies

Posted: Monday September 30, 2002 3:51 PM
Updated: Monday September 30, 2002 8:17 PM

TORONTO (Ticker) -- The Toronto Raptors signed first-round draft choice forward Chris Jefferies on Monday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but under the collective bargaining agreement, Jefferies is expected to make a minimum of $2.078 million over three years.

Jefferies was taken by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 27th pick in the draft before his rights were traded to the Raptors.

The 6-8 Jefferies left Fresno State after his junior season. He averaged 17.3 points in 21 games before suffering torn cartilage in his knee and missing the rest of the year.

Jefferies, 22, spent two seasons at Fresno State after transferring from Arkansas.

Heat sign CBA forward, ex-Cal star Lampley

MIAMI (AP) -- The Miami Heat signed forward Sean Lampley on Monday. Terms were not disclosed.

Lampley was in the Heat's training camp last year before being waived at the end of the preseason. He signed with Saskatchewan of the CBA and averaged 16.2 points and 8.9 rebounds, making the league's all-rookie team.

The 6-foot-7, 227-pound Lampley finished his college career as Cal's all-time scoring leader with 1,776 points, and he led the Pac-10 with 19.5 points a game as a senior. He was the 45th overall pick by Chicago in last year's draft before he was traded to Miami.

Knicks ink deals with six free agents

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Knicks signed six free agents Monday, including three with NBA experience.

Forwards Tim James and Mark Pope and guard Toby Bailey will join rookies Todd Lindeman, Danny Johnson and Jemeil Rich when the team's training camp opens in Charleston, S.C., this week.

James is a three-year NBA veteran who played for Miami, Charlotte and Philadelphia. Bailey spent two seasons with Phoenix, and Pope has been in the NBA for four years with Indiana and Milwaukee.

Johnson played in the NBA Developmental League, the CBA and in the Philippines last season. Lindeman and Rich both spent last season in Italy.

Sixers sign G Avery, F Long

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) - The Philadelphia 76ers on Monday signed guard William Avery and forward Art Long.

Terms of both deals were not disclosed.

A point guard with a shoot-first mentality, Avery has been a bust since the Minnesota Timberwolves picked him in the first round of the 2000 draft. The 6-2, 180-pounder has career averages of 2.7 points and 1.4 assists.

Long played the last two seasons with Seattle and Sacramento, compiling averages of 4.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. The 6-9, 250-pounder started 27 games last season for the SuperSonics.

Suns add four to camp roster

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix Suns added four free agents to their training-camp roster Monday, signing guards Anthony Goldwire and Maurice Baker and forwards Chris Burgess and Bobby Lazor.

The Suns begin training camp Tuesday at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Goldwire was a second-round draft pick of the Suns in 1994. He played four seasons with Denver and Charlotte before going overseas. He played in Italy, Spain and Greece as well as in the CBA and ABA.

Baker and Burgess, rookies from Oklahoma State and Utah, respectively, were undrafted in June but played in the Suns' summer program.

Lazor, who graduated from Arizona State in 1999, has played in five countries, most recently averaging 22.0 points and 12.6 rebounds with Hitachi in Japan. He set a school record by scoring 1,077 points in two seasons with the Sun Devils.

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