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Gill goes back to Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets, looking to add scoring to their erratic backcourt, reacquired Kendall Gill Tuesday night in a trade with the Seattle SuperSonics.

The Hornets sent shooting guard Hersey Hawkins and journeyman David Wingate to the Sonics for Gill, whom Charlotte selected No. 5 in the 1990 draft.

Gill played three seasons with the Hornets, averaging 20.5 points in 1991-92 before asking to play elsewhere, making him a target for Charlotte fans.

"Kendall wants to come back to Charlotte," coach Allan Bristow said. "He wants to play here. He misses his teammates. He misses the town. He wants to finish his career here."

Bristow said much of Gill's previous unhappiness could be attributed to clinical depression, for which he was diagnosed last season. Gill is being treated with medication.

Gill, 6 feet 5, can play either guard position, which makes him a valuable commodity on a team that has gotten spotty play at both.

Hawkins, 6-3, did not miss a start in two seasons with the Hornets. He averaged 14.3 points and 3.2 assists last season, but his scoring was inconsistent, especially in the playoffs, when the Hornets lost to Chicago.

Seattle will be the fifth pro stop for Wingate. In 52 games last season, the 6-5 swingman averaged 9.9 minutes and 2.3 points.

Pistons, Blazers deal picks

PORTLAND _ The Trail Blazers sent their two first-round draft picks, the 18th and 19th, as well as the final second-round choice, No. 58, to Detroit for the eighth selection in today's draft.

There were indications that Portland would send Otis Thorpe to Detroit for the player selected by the Pistons at No. 19.

Because of salary considerations, that deal would have to wait until a collective-bargaining agreement is reached with the union.

In another deal, the Lakers acquired the 37th pick from the Bullets in exchange for two second-round selections next year.


Riley: Pat Riley, who quit as coach of the Knicks with a year left on his contract, is attempting to get out of the final year so he can coach next season without permission from the team or having New York demand compensation from a team that hires him, the New York Times reported.

Rockets: Houston's revamped jersey was carried aboard space shuttle Atlantis Tuesday. The trip came two weeks after NASA said it rejected the Rockets' request to help unveil the new logo. "We still cannot participate in the unveiling part," NASA's Billie Deason said. "We just carry the materials on the shuttle."

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