It seems that nearly everyone is taking a run at Manning, whom the Clippers would like to unload before he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The Magic has been offering a package that includes forward Dennis Scott and draft picks for some time now. The Trail Blazers have dangled forwards Harvey Grant and Tracy Murray, and the Hornets have been rumored to be offering guard Hersey Hawkins and forward Scott Burrell.
But Manning and his agent, Ron Grinker, hold all the cards. There is bitterness between Grinker and Clipper owner Donald Sterling, and the possibility exists that Grinker and Manning will scuttle any potential deal by telling the interested team that Manning will test the market after the season. That would ensure that Sterling and the Clippers get nothing in return as they watch their best player walk away.
Line of the Week
Gheorghe Muresan, Bullets
Min: 24; Reb: 7; TP: 15
Muresan, Washington's 7'7", 315-pound Romanian rookie center, posted that line against the Knicks" Ewing on Feb. 2 in an 85-80 Bullet loss. It was part of the best week of Muresan's young NBA career. He also had 11 points and 11 rebounds two nights later against Philadelphia's 7'6" Shawn Bradley in the tallest center matchup in NBA history. Not bad for a player who was described as "a slow Mark Eaton" when he was drafted last June.