Building for the future, the Orlando Magic traded center/forward Sidney Green to San Antonio on Tuesday night for the Spurs' 1991 first-round draft pick and center Mark McNamara. Green, the Magic's first pick in the expansion draft, led the team in rebounding last season (8.1). However, he was unable to beat out Terry Catledge at power forward and was switched to backup center.
Green started 31 of 73 games he played in 1989-90 _ his seventh NBA season _ and averaged 10.4 points.
Tuesday's trade gives Orlando two first-round draft picks next year. Combined with the club's second-round choice, the Magic could add three young players to next year's roster.
"We felt that any time you can get a No. 1 draft pick for a player at this point in his career (Green turns 30 in January), it cer
tainly is a draft we sense will be a deep draft and a very, very good draft," said Orlando general manager Pat Williams. "We thought that for the long-term pull for this franchise, it was important to make the deal."
All during the preseason, Magic coach Matt Guokas said that poor defensive rebounding plagued the Magic. But he said Tuesday night that trading Green, the team's best defensive rebounder, would not hurt the team.
Guokas said free-agent center Greg Kite, signed over the summer, proved himself to be a "strong, durable guy" capable of playing 25- to 30-plus minutes a game. He said the Magic can survive the season with a center rotation of Kite, McNamara and Jeff Turner.
"Rebounding is not something that one man alone can do," Guokas said. "It's a five-man commitment. We just don't feel that Sid is going to make that much of a difference."
San Antonio president Bob Bass called Williams last Friday about a potential deal. The teams finalized the trade about 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Green will play behind San Antonio forward Terry Cummings.
Knight, O'Brien lead Hall of Fame nominees
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. _ Bobby Knight and Larry O'Brien, the former NBA commissioner who died last month, were among 12 candidates nominated Tuesday for election to the basketball Hall of Fame _ even though they had said they wanted no part of it.
O'Brien, who died on Sept. 27, withdrew his name from consideration last year in protest of the Hall's secret elections.
Knight, the Indiana coach, asked that he not be considered for renomination after he failed to be elected in 1987. At the time, he called it a "slap in the face."
Renominated as players were Nate Archibald, Dave Cowens, Bob Lanier, John Kerr, Calvin Murphy and Nera White, a women's Amateur Athletic Union star.
Jack Hartman, the winningest coach in Kansas State history, and Jack Ramsay, one of the most successful coaches in NBA history, also were nominated a second time.
Around the league
Bullets-Kings trade: Washington traded six-year veteran guard Steve Colter to Sacramento for second-year guard Byron Irvin. Sacramento had acquired Irvin from Portland on Aug. 1 in a trade involving Danny Ainge.
Nuggets: Denver rookie Chris Jackson will miss the first five games of the season because of side effects from medication he is taking for Tourette's Syndrome, general manager Bernie Bickerstaff said.
_ The Associated Press contributed to this report.