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First-round pick Grant signs with Sacramento

Published Oct. 8, 2005

The Sacramento Kings signed forward Brian Grant on Sunday, leaving three NBA first-round draft picks unsigned.

With the signing of Grant, the eighth overall pick, No. 1 pick Glenn Robinson of Milwaukee, No. 5 Juwan Howard of Washington and No. 11 Carlos Rogers of Golden State are the only remaining unsigned first-round selections.

The Kings did not disclose terms of the contract, but the Sacramento Bee said Grant, who played at Xavier, Ohio, was signing a 13-year, $29.33-million pact. The newspaper said the final season's salary of $3.7-million would not be guaranteed until Grant remains in the league a seventh season.

Kings officials said Grant was expected to be in uniform for the team's final preseason game Sunday night against the Golden State Warriors.

Around the league

Knicks: Patrick Ewing practiced full tilt with the Knicks for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee July 6. Ewing likely will be in the lineup for the regular-season opener Friday night in Boston; he had been confined to conditioning drills and light shooting since the start of training camp early this month.

Mavericks: Roy Tarpley, trying to return three years after being banned from the league for substance abuse, may miss the start of the season with tendinitis in his left knee. He did not practice Friday and missed exhibition games Saturday and Sunday.