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Around The Rim
Jackie MacMullan
February 14, 2000
HORNETS POINT GUARD
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February 14, 2000

Around The Rim

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HORNETS POINT GUARD

David Wesley, who at week's end was expected to be cited for racing and reckless driving in connection with the automobile accident that claimed the life of his friend and teammate Bobby Phills, continues to struggle with guilt over his role in the tragedy. In an attempt to take some of the pressure off him, coach Paul Silas is playing Wesley and rookie guard Baron Davis together more and more, with Davis handling the point. Asked about rumors that Charlotte was considering dealing Wesley to give him a change of scenery, Silas says, "We want David here. We're going to help him, and he's going to be here a long time."...

League sources say the Raptors and the Pacers looked into a three-way deal that would have sent Indiana point guard Mark Jackson to Toronto, the Raptors' Tracy McGrady to the Magic and one of Orlando's three first-round choices in 2000 to Indiana. The Magic declined, sources say, because it feels it can get McGrady on its own when he becomes a free agent. If Orlando doesn't, it has insurance in swingman Ron Mercer, whom it obtained in a trade with the Nuggets last week. Mercer will stick around if the price is right....

The Bulls want to re-sign Toni Kukoc—and not merely because he made them competitive since returning from back spasms. Chicago believes Kukoc would help ease the adjustment of fellow Croatian Dragan Tarlac, a 6'9" power forward taken in the second round of the '95 draft. Tarlac is expected to join Chicago next year.

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