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Jackie MacMullan
July 12, 1999
The impending trade of Pacers' backup power forward Antonio Davis to the Raptors for No. 5 pick Jonathan Bender will have one overlooked benefit: Under the new collective bargaining agreement, Indiana will get a $4.5 million exception (Davis's salary), which it can use in a sign-and-trade deal. Team sources say the Pacers want to spend that money on free-agent forward Lorenzen Wright....
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July 12, 1999

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The impending trade of Pacers' backup power forward Antonio Davis to the Raptors for No. 5 pick Jonathan Bender will have one overlooked benefit: Under the new collective bargaining agreement, Indiana will get a $4.5 million exception ( Davis's salary), which it can use in a sign-and-trade deal. Team sources say the Pacers want to spend that money on free-agent forward Lorenzen Wright....

Before the Pacers agreed to move Antonio Davis, they were discussing sending starting power forward Dale Davis to the Lakers for Glen Rice, but sources say that deal died when Rice's agent, David Falk, demanded the maximum seven-year contract after next season, which would mean a $14 million salary in '00-01....

In a classic Let's-swap-headaches move, Utah offered center Greg Ostertag for Detroit's Bison Dele, but the Pistons declined, thinking that they can get more for their off-center center....

When Warriors owner Chris Cohan announced that he expects his team to make the playoffs next season, his front office started fishing for veterans. That's why Mookie Blaylock, acquired from Atlanta for the No. 10 pick, will be their point guard, instead of William Avery or Jason Terry, either of whom could have been had with that pick....

Didier Rose, the agent-confidant of 7' 2" Frederic Weis, chosen 15th by the Knicks, has told New York he thinks Weis needs another year overseas, but Rose has agreed to let Weis play on the Knicks' summer-league team to help him—and New York—decide how ready he is for the NBA.

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