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Heat's Miner signs long-term pact

The Miami Heat on Tuesday signed first-round draft pick Harold Miner to a long-term contract, and he'll join the team for the start of training camp Friday.

Terms weren't disclosed. According to published reports, the team's longstanding offer was a five-year, $7.3-million deal.

Miner, a high-scoring guard from Southern Cal, was the 12th player taken in the June draft. He's making no demands about playing time on a team that made its first playoff appearance last April.

"There's so much talent on the team, I just want to get a chance to mix in with these guys," Miner said.

Miner led the Pac-10 in scoring last year with an average of 26.3 points per game. He's willing to play point guard or shooting guard.

"I'm primarily a shooting guard," he said. "All the situations I've been in, the coaches have always wanted me to put the ball in the basket. But I also love passing the ball."

Around the league

Hornets: After a conversation with Alonzo Mourning's agent, team president Spencer Stolpen said he is less confident the No. 2 pick in the draft will be signed by Friday's start of training camp. Stolpen would not elaborate, but agent David Falk reiterated Monday that Mourning will not sign for the $2.1-million first-year salary the Hornets have offered. Falk is believed to be asking for closer to $2.3-million.

Bullets: Washington plans to ask the NBA to grant a medical exemption for forward Bernard King. If approved, it would free half of King's $2.5-million salary for this coming season, to be used in an effort to sign first-round draft choice Tom Gugliotta of North Carolina State. King, 35, had arthroscopic knee surgery 13 months ago and missed the entire 1991-92 season. General manager John Nash emphasized that King would not be penalized monetarily if the NBA grants the exemption.

Jazz: Utah has reached agreement on a two-year contract with reserve center Isaac Austin, the club's second-round pick in the 1991 draft who averaged 2.0 points in 31 games as a rookie. The Salt Lake Tribune said the pact, with incentives, could pay Austin $850,000 over the two-year period.

Rockets: Oil and gas investor Fred Schneiderman is heading a group interested in making a bid to buy the team, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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