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Nelson Still Dealing, Gets Scott From Magic

September 25, 1997|From Staff and Wire Reports

Forward Dennis Scott, who wore out his welcome with the Orlando Magic with two off-court incidents this summer, was traded Wednesday to the Dallas Mavericks for guard Derek Harper and forward Ed O'Bannon.

The Mavericks also received $500,000 as General Manager Don Nelson continued his overhaul of the team. Since taking over in January, he has made four trades involving 18 players--including Jimmy Jackson, Jamal Mashburn and Sam Cassell--and signed free-agent guard Hubert Davis.

Scott averaged 12.5 points in 66 games last season, his seventh in the NBA. But he shot less than 40% from the field and averaged only three points a game in a first-round playoff loss to Miami.

Last week, Scott said he would not report to training camp, further infuriating Magic General Manager John Gabriel.

This came after an incident in July at his basketball camp in Virginia when he refused to sign autographs and complained about his $3-million salary while rap music with explicit lyrics blared from his vehicle. Scott later apologized and offered refunds to children. And in August, two persons were shot at an overcrowded Virginia hotel where Scott was throwing a birthday party for himself for which he charged admission. He was not charged in the incident.

The addition of Harper, a veteran point guard, is especially critical for the Magic as it considers moving Penny Hardaway to shooting guard. O'Bannon has been a disappointment as a pro since starring at UCLA.

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Free agent Jerome Kersey, a key member of the Lakers last season, signed a one-year contract with the Seattle SuperSonics.

The Lakers were interested in re-signing the 35-year-old forward earlier in the summer but pulled their offer off the table after landing Rick Fox. Kersey made 70 appearances in 1996-97, 40 as a starter, and averaged 6.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in 25.2 minutes.

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A former New Jersey Net employee, who prosecutors alleged wanted to live the fast life with the team's players, was convicted of bank fraud for stealing nearly $100,000 from Kenny Anderson, a former Net guard now with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Angel Recalde, 27, of New York City was convicted in U.S. District Court in Manhattan by a jury that deliberated 11 hours, concluding he had forged Anderson's name on checks paid to credit card companies. Sentencing was set for Jan. 7.

Tennis

Pete Sampras broke Felix Mantilla early in the third set, then took control to win, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, in the opening round of the Grand Slam Cup in Munich, Germany.

The event has tennis' richest purse: $1.5 million to the winner.

Patrick Rafter, the U.S. Open champion, hammered Thomas Muster, 6-2, 6-3, on the fast indoor surface. Also, Swedish Davis Cup hero Jonas Bjorkman ousted defending champion Boris Becker, 6-3, 6-2, in what may have been the last major tournament for the German star.

Czech player Petr Korda defeated French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten, 6-3, 5-3. The Brazilian earned two break chances to pull even in the second set, then twisted his ankle and retired after losing the game.

Playing her first match since winning the U.S. Open, top-seeded Martina Hingis defeated Marion Maruska of Austria, 6-3, 7-5, in the $450,000 Leipzig Grand Prix tournament in Germany.

Miscellany

Spain beat Slovakia, 2-1, at Bratislava, Slovakia, to become the 14th soccer team to qualify for the 1998 World Cup.

Herbert Gregg's goal in the 88th minute enabled Guatemala's national soccer team to defeat El Salvador, 1-0, in front of 23,949 at the Coliseum. Martin Machon's corner kick set up Gregg's goal. Goalkeeper Misael Alfaro tipped the kick behind him, but Gregg dove to head the ball into the net from five yards.

The British Thrust SSC team heads back to the Nevada desert today after a day of assessing the fastest car in the world. Thrust is after the land-speed record and the speed of sound. Team boss Richard Noble is hoping both come today. The dual jet-powered car hit 719.137 mph Tuesday, but a problem with the parachutes kept the speed from being official. To break the record of 633.47 mph, driver Andy Green must average at least 640 mph in two runs made in opposite directions and less than one hour apart.

USC's Kristine Quance has been named the Honda Sports Award winner for the second consecutive year as the outstanding NCAA women's athlete in swimming and diving.

Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Assn., signed a seven-year contract worth $11.2 million.

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