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Magic roster at 13 after 2 players cut

The Orlando Magic released center Wallace Bryant and guard Mark Plansky on Monday, reducing the roster to 13 players. Orlando must get down to 12 players for the regular-season opener Nov. 2 at Atlanta. That player subtraction most likely will occur at point guard, where Scott Skiles and Morlon Wiley are competing for playing time behind starter Sam Vincent.

Magic general manager Pat Williams said he wants a second-round draft pick for one of the backup guards. He has spoken with Washington and Milwaukee about potential deals.

Washington general manager John Nash, a former assistant general manager in Philadelphia under Williams, said the Bullets are not interested in a trade. Washington has two point guards _ Darrell Walker and Steve Colter _ signed to guaranteed contracts.

Milwaukee player personnel director Lee Rose said it is against club policy to discuss potential trades. However, Rose was in Charlotte, N.C. over the weekend when Orlando played in the Expansion Team Tournament.

Around the league

Pistons: Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer, who both underwent surgery over the weekend, are expected to recover in time for the team's Nov. 2 season opener.

A team spokesman said Thomas had surgery for a ruptured tear duct and will miss Wednesday's exhibition game against the New York Knicks.

Laimbeer has a fractured left cheekbone and will miss the next three exhibition games. Both were injured in Saturday's exhibition game against Seattle.

Thomas was cut in the first quarter of Saturday's 101-82 loss to Seattle when he was poked in the eye by Sedale Threatt, while Laimbeer was elbowed by Olden Polynice.

Neither is expected to miss the opener against Milwaukee, Pistons spokesman Matt Dobek said.

Also on the Pistons' injured list is Dennis Rodman, with a nagging ankle injury sustained last season.

SuperSonics: Seattle reduced its roster to 14 players by releasing forwards Mike Giomi and Mike Higgins.

Giomi played three seasons at Indiana University and one season at North Carolina State. Seattle picked him in the seventh round of the 1987 draft, but Giomi chose to play in Europe.

Higgins signed with Seattle as a free agent after spending part of the 1989-90 season with the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers.

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