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Brown's future is still unclear

Associated Press
Published July 2, 2005


DETROIT - Larry Brown's visit to the Mayo Clinic hasn't cleared up his future with the Pistons.

Doctors apparently could not give Brown a definite timetable for alleviating his bladder problem, which developed after hip surgery early this past season.

Joe Dumars, Pistons president of basketball operations, and Joel Glass, Brown's agent, have scheduled an appointment for Monday to further discuss Brown's status.

Brown, 64, has said that if he couldn't find a solution to his bladder problem, which caused discomfort while traveling and sitting on the bench, he did not want to return as Detroit's coach.

Brown missed 17 games because of two surgeries: first, to repair his artificial hip; second, because his bladder had swollen to four times its normal size.

Bogut: 5 years, $26M

MILWAUKEE - No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Bogut agreed to a five-year deal worth about $26-million, according to his agent, David Bauman.

"This is a dream come true for me," said the 7-foot-1 20-year-old Australian, who earned college player of the year awards at Utah. "I've worked extremely hard to get to this point and I'm honored to be a member of the Milwaukee Bucks organization."

Bogut is expected to be paid $4.2-million in his rookie season and $4.55-million in his second year. Under the new rules in the labor deal, only the first two years of rookie contracts are guaranteed. The third-year salary should be $4.85-million, according to figures provided by Bauman, and the fourth-year team option is $6-million. The fifth-year qualifying offer is 30 percent higher than the fourth year, or $7.8-million.

The Bucks, according to the Journal Sentinel , have narrowed their coaching choices to former Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders and current TNT analyst and former coach Doug Collins. The 53-year-old Collins last coached in the NBA with the Wizards from 2001-03, and he also coached six seasons with the Bulls and Pistons. Collins led the Bulls to three playoff appearances (1987-89) and was a mentor to a Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

HAWKS: Atlanta declined to pick up the option on Predrag Drobnjak's contract, making the 6-foot-11 center an unrestricted free agent.

KNICKS: Former Florida standout David Lee, New York's second first-round pick (30th overall), signed a multiyear contract. The Knicks didn't disclose financial terms, though Lee is guaranteed about $1.5-million for his first two seasons. The 6-foot-9 Lee averaged 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds over his college career and led the Gators in field-goal percentage all four years.

LAKERS: Los Angeles and Vlade Divac agreed to postpone a decision on the veteran center's contract status until just before the start of training camp Sept. 30. The Lakers can pick up a one-year, $5.4-million option or buy Divac out for $2-million.

ROCKETS: First-round pick (24th overall) and former Illinois star Luther Head signed.

WOLVES: General manager Jim Stack signed a contract extension. Terms deal weren't disclosed.

WNBA: Five Monarchs scored 10 or more in visiting Sacramento's 80-63 win over Detroit.