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Hawks' Marble suspended for substance-abuse

ATLANTA _ Atlanta Hawks rookie Roy Marble was suspended by the National Basketball Association for the remainder of the season Thursday for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

The team announced that Duane Ferrell, a former member of the Hawks, has been signed to a 10-day contract as a roster replacement for Marble.

Marble, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound guard from Iowa, was the 23rd player chosen in last June's draft.

Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche said the team had no comment on the suspension.

Clippers trade draft picks for guard Winston Garland

LOS ANGELES _ The Los Angeles Clippers, needing help in the backcourt because of season-ending injuries to starters Ron Harper and Gary Grant, acquired guard Winston Garland from the Golden State Warriors Thursday.

In exchange for Garland, a 6-foot-2, 170-pounder from Southwest Missouri State playing in his third NBA season, the Clippers sent the Warriors their second-round selections in the 1990 and 1992 NBA drafts.

The trade is contingent on Garland passing a physical examination. To make room for Garland on their roster, the Clippers placed rookie guard Jay Edwards on the injured list. Edwards has tendinitis in his left knee.

Earlier in the day, the Warriors traded little-used center Uwe Blab to San Antonio for center Christian Welp.

Around the league

Hornets-Knicks trade: Charlotte traded center Stuart Gray to New York for a second-round draft pick in 1991, then used that pick to trade for Randolph Keys of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Also, the Hornets announced that guard Jerry Sichting has been placed on waivers and that Michael Holton has been activated.

Sixers: After a longstanding feud with the Philadelphia 76ers, Wilt Chamberlain reportedly has agreed to discuss the retirement of his number. Chamberlain, who played for the Sixers from 1964-68 and led them to the 1966-67 NBA championship, has resisted past requests from the team to honor his No. 13 jersey.

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