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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 3, 2000


Buford cut; Silas taken by surprise

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rodney Buford, one of the men acquired in a nine-player trade with Miami, was waived, a move that surprised Hornets coach Paul Silas.

Asked why Buford wasn't at media day Monday, Silas thought he had missed it. Told Buford was waived, Silas referred all questions to team vice president Bob Bass, who refused to comment.

Silas said Buford had impressed him in the few days he was in Charlotte working out before the start of training camp.

Buford, a second-year guard/forward, averaged 4.3 points in 11.4 minutes as a reserve for Miami last season. But his time there was plagued by three marijuana-related offenses.

Meanwhile, the team signed rookie free agents Caswell Cyrus and Terrance Roberson.

CELTICS: Boston signed forward Rodney Elliott and guard Michael Jordan, last season's Ivy League player of the year at Penn who is no relation to the former Bulls star.

KNICKS: Center Luc Longley will miss at least three weeks after injuring his right knee at the Olympics. The 7-2 veteran was traded from Phoenix while he was at the Sydney Games.

MAVERICKS: Dallas waived forward Terry Mills, a move coach Don Nelson said Mills requested. Mills, a 10-year pro, was acquired from Detroit on Aug. 29 with Christian Laettner. Also, the Mavericks signed guard Mike Jones and forward Jamal Kendrick to free-agent contracts.

RAPTORS: Toronto signed first-round draft pick Morris Peterson to a four-year deal. Under the NBA's rookie salary scale, Peterson will get within 20 percent of about $2.93-million for four seasons.

PISTONS: Detroit signed forward Brian Cardinal, a second-round draft pick, and five free agents: center Matt Fish, forward Antonio Smith and guards Donald Williams, Rosell Ellis and David Vanterpool.

SUNS: An arbitrator ruled that first-round pick Iakovos "Jake" Tsakalidis is not contractually bound to a Greek team, freeing him to sign with Phoenix.

TRAIL BLAZERS: Detlef Schrempf, a versatile and consistent forward, retired after 15 seasons. The 37-year-old averaged 14.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists and was an All-Star three times. Schrempf played for Dallas, Indiana and Seattle before spending one season in Portland.

WARRIORS: Terry Cummings, 29th on the NBA career scoring list with 19,460 points, retired because of knee problems and other ailments.

CBA SALE: The league will allow Isiah Thomas to coach the Pacers while he attempts to sell his interest in the Continental Basketball Association. The approval by the Board of Governors was based on assurances that Thomas would have no involvement with the CBA.

TICKETS: Beginning Saturday, fans can dial the league's hotline at (800) 4NBA-TIX to purchase single-game tickets.

OBITUARY: Dorothy Auerbach, wife of legendary Celtics coach Red Auerbach, died Saturday in Washington at 78 after a long illness.

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