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Nets sign Schintzius as backup to Bowie, Dudley

The New Jersey Nets announced Friday they signed Dwayne Schintzius to a one-year guaranteed contract.

The 7-foot-2 center, who played at the University of Florida, was an unrestricted free agent after being waived by the Sacramento Kings in July.

He averaged 3.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 33 games for the Kings before suffering from a herniated disk in his lower back last February. Schintzius had an operation for the condition 10 weeks ago.

Schintzius will report to training camp next week, Nets senior vice president Willis Reed said in a telephone news conference.

Reed expects Schintzius to play behind centers Sam Bowie and Chris Dudley. He believes it will help Schintzius' development to play behind the two veterans.

"My work habits over the summer have been very well," Schintzius said. "The doctors have said I've done a tremendous job strengthening and rehabilitating my back. I think I have a fine opportunity in New Jersey."

Schintzius started his NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs as a first-round draft pick in 1990. He was traded to the Kings with a second-round draft choice for Antoine Carr in 1991.

He played for UF for four years until he quit 11 games into the 1989-90 season.

The team is still in pursuit of a power forward to replace Terry Mills, Reed said. The Nets lost Mills Wednesday after they declined to match the Detroit Pistons' $9.48-million offer sheet.

Elsewhere

Referees: The NBA averted a potential lockout of its referees when it came to a three-year contract agreement with the officials union.

Terms of the deal weren't revealed, but the extension through the 1994-95 season is expected to provide the officials with a sizable pay increase.

NBA general counsel Gary Bettman, who handled negotiations on behalf of the league, previously had said the league was offering a deal that boosted officials' pay by 29 percent in the first year and 74 percent overall.

Spurs: A contract has been settled that will allow the team to play its home games in the Alamodome starting in 1994, San Antonio Mayor Nelson Wolff said.

Wolff made the announcement Thursday after the City Council got a closed-door briefing from city staff members concerning the negotiations.

"The council gave instructions to staff to bring a proposal Oct. 15 on the last remaining issues of the Spurs contract," Wolff said.

The proposal calls for the team to build a $3.5-million main scoreboard. It also will retain revenue from permanent advertising in the dome, paying the city a fee of $125,000 in 1994, $150,000 in 1995 and $175,000 in 1996 and fees thereafter dictated by the Consumer Price Index.

Rockets: Gerald Wilkins, whose rights were renounced by the Knicks, said he is interested in playing for the Rockets.

Knicks: Hubert Davis, New York's top draft choice, agreed to a multiyear contract and will report to the team's training camp when it opens in Charleston, S.C., next Friday.

The Knicks did not disclose contract terms, but a member of the league office and a player agent said Davis signed a four-year contract worth an estimated $3.1-million.

Davis, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from North Carolina, was the 20th player taken in the June draft.

To make salary-cap room for Davis, the Knicks renounced their rights to backup center Patrick Eddie.

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