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Hawks' Willis returns to camp

Kevin Willis ended his six-day holdout Thursday and returned to the Hawks, saying he had accomplished his goals even though the terms of his contract were unchanged.

"There were some things in the contract I wanted to address and I got those things out of the way," Willis said at a news conference.

As for the walkout, "It was what I felt inside I had to do."

The 7-foot forward, who averaged 19.1 points and 12 rebounds last season, said the primary issue in his dispute with the team was deferred compensation.

The Hawks owe Willis $1.4-million in deferred compensation, and his 1995-96 contract calls for $3.65-million.

General manager Pete Babcock said the terms of Willis' contract, which pays him $2.9-million this season and allows for renegotiation before next season, were not changed.

Babcock said now that Willis was back in camp, conversations would continue about the issues the team had discussed with the player and his agent, Stephen Woods.

The Hawks will not dock the 10-year veteran's deferred income even though his contract permits the team to do so if he attempts to renegotiate. But Willis will be fined an unspecified amount for the time he has missed.

Bradley out of preseason

PHILADELPHIA _ Shawn Bradley will miss the rest of the 76ers' preseason while doctors try to determine how badly the 7-foot-6 center reinjured his left knee.

He will be sidelined indefinitely as he attempts to regain strength and reduce swelling in the knee, which he first injured in February, forcing him to miss the rest of his rookie season.

Former Chicago Bulls forward Scott Williams will miss the remainder of the preseason with muscle problems in his lower back.

Around the league

Hornets: Coach Allan Bristow was hospitalized in Bologna, Italy, with an infection. Team spokesman Keith Kroehler said the infection was affecting Bristow's kidneys but he may be discharged today.

Bucks: Glenn Robinson's agent said the former Purdue star turned down a two-year, $20-million deal in Europe. Charles Tucker also said Robinson likes coach Mike Dunleavy and wants to work in Milwaukee because it's near his home in Gary, Ind.

Spurs: Dennis Rodman missed his second straight game with a sore knee and arch. He did not show up at the Alamodome and was fined a team-record $15,000.

Nets: Kenny Anderson started for the first time in preseason. He missed his three shots from the field, made both his free throws and had three rebounds before sitting out the second half.

Clippers: The team has reached a settlement with former coach Bob Weiss, who was fired in May with two years left on a three-year contract. Weiss was due to receive $1.2-million.

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