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Ian Thomsen
March 18, 2002
Scrapping their plan to convert Larry Hughes into a point guard (he's back to being a swingman), the Warriors have handed the position to 6'3" Gilbert Arenas, a second-round pick. They hope that the experience will help Arenas develop into a solid backup capable of handling either guard spot—and that they finish high enough in the lottery to draft Duke's Jason Williams....
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March 18, 2002

Around The Rim

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Scrapping their plan to convert Larry Hughes into a point guard (he's back to being a swingman), the Warriors have handed the position to 6'3" Gilbert Arenas, a second-round pick. They hope that the experience will help Arenas develop into a solid backup capable of handling either guard spot—and that they finish high enough in the lottery to draft Duke's Jason Williams....

Another difficult off-season awaits the Heat, which will pay $49 million for Alonzo Mourning, Eddie Jones, Brian Grant, Anthony Carter and LaPhonso Ellis next year. That will leave Pat Riley no more than $6 million to fill out the roster and keep Miami from paying the luxury tax....

Travis Best, a free agent after this season, says he's willing to re-sign with the Bulls and share the point with Jamal Crawford, 22, who last week made a strong return from left ACL surgery just seven months ago....

Shaquille O'Neal is tossing out figures on his next contract. "I don't see myself going past 35," says O'Neal, 30, whose 10-year, $208.4 million deal expires after 2005-06. "Unless they give me 200 for two." By that he means $200 million for two years. "That would be cool, wouldn't it?" Shaq says.

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