© St. Petersburg Times, published February 20, 2003
ORLANDO -- Orlando and Memphis pulled off the first big trade before today's deadline, agreeing to a four-player deal Wednesday that sent Mike Miller and Ryan Humphrey to the Grizzlies for rookies Drew Gooden and Gordan Giricek.
The Grizzlies also received a first-round pick owed to Orlando by Sacramento and a second-round selection in 2004.
Orlando gives up its second-leading scorer, Miller, who averaged 16.4 points as the second offensive option behind Tracy McGrady. The Magic never planned to use Miller, a small forward, as its second option, but the chronic ankle injury that has sidelined Grant Hill forced him into that role.
"While we are certainly sorry to see Mike move on, we have addressed our needs with the additions of Drew and Gordan," Orlando general manager John Gabriel said in a statement.
Added Magic coach Doc Rivers: "This is a tough business and Mike was one of my favorites."
Gooden was averaging 12.1 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Grizzlies, but was not regarded as one of coach Hubie Brown's favorite players. Giricek, a native of Croatia, averaged 11.2 points in 49 games, including 35 starts.
Humphrey, a rookie from Notre Dame, played 35 games for Orlando and averaged 1.8 points.
Miller was the league's rookie of the year in 2001, but he never established the consistency the Magic wanted. On back-to-back nights last week, he scored four against Detroit, then followed with a season-high 33 at Philadelphia. He is in the third year of a four-year, $10.86-million contract.
MORE SURGERY FOR HILL: Grant Hill is planning a fourth operation on his left ankle that would require three weeks of rehabilitation, Florida Today reported. The Magic star was placed on the injured list Jan. 18, and the team said no decision has been made on the next course of action.
Hill has missed 172 games since signing a $93-million contract with the Magic three years ago. He has had three operations to repair a stress fracture sustained during the 2000 playoffs while with Detroit.
Hill said he will have X-rays next week and the operation is "more to just fix the structural issues than the fracture."
MAVERICKS: Dirk Nowitzki sprained his right ankle during practice and could miss tonight's game against the Spurs. Nowitzki leads Dallas in scoring (23.3 points) and rebounding (9.9).
SIXERS: Forward Monty Williams was activated and center Todd MacCulloch placed on the injured list. Williams bruised his knee against Seattle on Dec. 11. MacCulloch, who averages 7.1 points, has a condition affecting nerves in his feet.
OBITUARY: Zang Auerbach, brother of famed Celtics coach Red Auerbach and an artist who designed the team's logo, died of a heart ailment in Washington on Feb. 13. He was 81.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Kobe Bryant continued his torrid scoring run with 40 points and the Lakers beat the Jazz 93-87 despite playing without Shaquille O'Neal a second straight night.
Bryant has scored 40 or more in seven straight games and has at least 35 in his past 11. He scored 11 of the Lakers' final 17 and got his 40th on a free throw with 8.2 seconds left. Karl Malone led Utah with 25 points, but was called for a key technical foul as the Jazz tried to rally at the end.
HORNETS 87, WIZARDS 75: Jamal Mashburn scored 24 to lead host New Orleans. Mashburn hit a 3-pointer and a pair of runners as New Orleans scored on eight of nine possessions down the stretch to open a tight game. Michael Jordan scored 20 to lead Washington, but shot 8-of-23 in his first game since turning 40.
WOLVES 85, NUGGETS 77: Kevin Garnett had 25 points and 14 rebounds and Wally Szczerbiak a season-high 24 points as visiting Minnesota completed a four-game season sweep of Denver. Vincent Yarbrough scored 18 for Denver, which has lost seven straight.
BLAZERS 125, WARRIORS 98: Bonzi Wells scored 29, 26 in the first half, for host Portland. The Trailblazers led 76-49 at halftime, the most first-half points in the league this season. Golden State's Antawn Jamison, who played 16 minutes, was scoreless as his team lost its third straight.
76ERS 110, BULLS 82: Allen Iverson had 28 points and nine rebounds for visiting Philadelphia, which outscored Chicago 36-8 in the third quarter. The Bulls had five players in double figures, but shot 37 percent.
SONICS 103, KNICKS 94: Gary Payton scored 31 as Seattle ended a six-game losing streak. Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell each scored 22 for the Knicks, who lost for the second time on their West Coast road trip.
ROCKETS 107, SUNS 89: Glen Rice had 23 points and Cuttino Mobley 22 for visiting Houston, which had a 57-32 rebound advantage. Shawn Marion had 24 points and nine rebounds for Phoenix.
CLIPPERS 110, BUCKS 104: Corey Maggette led six in double figures with 23 points as host Los Angeles gave Milwaukee its first three-game losing streak in 21/2 months.
PISTONS 89, RAPTORS 84: Chauncey Billups scored 18, including a key 3-pointer with 19.4 seconds left, as East-leading Detroit won its ninth in 10 games. The visiting Pistons improved to 37-16 overall.