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Jackie MacMullan
June 28, 1999
Newly named Washington coach Gar Heard wasted little time telling G.M. Wes Unsaid what he wants. "I told him that re-signing Mitch Richmond should be our Number 1 priority," Heard said on Friday night. "I look out there, and I don't see anybody like him." But will the Wizards pay Richmond what he wants, which is a deal similar to Rod Strickland's four-year, $40 million package?...
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June 28, 1999

Around The Rim

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Newly named Washington coach Gar Heard wasted little time telling G.M. Wes Unsaid what he wants. "I told him that re-signing Mitch Richmond should be our Number 1 priority," Heard said on Friday night. "I look out there, and I don't see anybody like him." But will the Wizards pay Richmond what he wants, which is a deal similar to Rod Strickland's four-year, $40 million package?...

League sources say Toronto is trying to work out a deal with Vancouver to obtain the No. 2 pick in the draft, but only if Maryland's Steve Francis is still on the board. Toronto has discussed offering the No. 5 choice and Doug Christie....

Two Western Conference G.M.'s say the medical report on UCLA point guard Baron Davis's surgically repaired left knee shows that the joint is not as "tight" as they would like it to be, but the consensus around the league is that Davis is worth the risk, given his considerable skills....

The woman who alleges that Clippers center Michael Olowokandi raped her has offered to settle her claim for $3.7 million, according to a source close to the case. Olowokandi's reply: See you in court....

Small forward Wally Szczerbiak's stock continues to go up, up, up. Some teams' mock drafts project him going in the top five. That's bad news for Cleveland, which has the No. 8 selection and desperately wants Szczerbiak, a Miami of Ohio star, to help inject new life into a franchise whose attendance dropped 16.7% last season.

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