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Denver wants Charlotte's No. 1 pick

Denver and Charlotte have discussed the possibility of a trade that would give the Nuggets the Hornets' first pick in this month's NBA draft. Syracuse All-American Billy Owens, expected to be the first or second player selected in the June 26 draft, revealed the discussions Tuesday after arriving in Chicago for the NBA's pre-draft camp.

"Denver wants to speak to me because they said they want to make a trade or something," Owens said. "So I'm going to speak to them here."

Asked if he was told details of the proposed trade, Owens said, "My agent told me they're going to try to trade with Charlotte."

Owens' agent, Arn Tellem, was unavailable for comment, but Denver general manager Bernie Bickerstaff confirmed having discussions with the Hornets.

The Nuggets would have to give up a player or a draft pick to swap first-round picks with the Hornets. Denver has the fourth choice in the draft.

Harris will stay with Bucks

MILWAUKEE _ Del Harris said Wednesday he will return for a fifth season as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, ending weeks of speculation that he would move to the team's front office.

Harris, who has a 183-145 record with the Bucks since 1987, said he will continue to serve as head coach and vice president of basketball operations.

"This story has probably been made to be bigger in terms of publicity than it ought to have been," Harris said in a prepared statement, referring to rumors he might retire from coaching for the front office.

The Bucks finished a surprising third last season in the NBA's tough Central Division after most predicted they would finish near the basement.

Milwaukee, however, was ousted in the first round of the playoffs by Philadelphia.