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Kings ship Spud back to Hawks

Spud Webb, the 5-foot-7 point guard who became expendable when the Kings drafted UCLA's Tyus Edney, was traded Thursday to the Atlanta Hawks for Tyrone Corbin.

Webb, who won the slam-dunk contest in 1986 despite being one of the league's shortest players, is returning to the team for which he played his first six seasons.

Corbin, a 6-6 forward, will be joining his seventh NBA team, having played for San Antonio, Cleveland, Phoenix, Minnesota, Utah and Atlanta.

Webb, 31, was a big contributor to the Kings the past four seasons. He has not been happy, however, in Sacramento.

In 1993, he was upset by the Kings' selection of guard Bobby Hurley as the No. 1 draft choice and lost his starting job to him before an auto accident nearly killed the rookie. He started ahead of Hurley last season when the Kings posted their best record since coming to Sacramento.

Webb averaged 11.6 points and 6.2 assists last season and led the league in free-throw shooting (93.4 percent).

Knicks charge Heat with tampering

NEW YORK _ The Knicks filed tampering charges against the Miami Heat for comments by club executives interested in hiring Pat Riley.

Riley resigned as coach of the Knicks on June 15 with one year left on his contract.

Knicks president Dave Checketts said his team filed charges with commissioner David Stern after reading newspaper quotes from Heat owner Micky Arison and Dave Wohl, the team's vice president.

"This may be the most blatant example of tampering I have seen in 12 years in the NBA," Checketts said. "Whether there were behind-the-scenes discussions or not, the Heat's public statements constitute tampering."

"I feel very comfortable we haven't tampered," Wohl said in today's editions of the Palm Beach Post.

Magic raises prices

ORLANDO _ The Magic is raising ticket prices an average of 10 percent for next season, the team said. Choice seating along the endline increases from $60 to $65, best seats in the lower bowl go from $45 to $50, prime seats in the upper bowl go from $32 to $35, and upper bowl seats behind the baskets go from $12 to $13.

Also, extra seating is being added to the Arena, increasing capacity from 16,010 to 17,248.

No Rider model for Garnett

MINNEAPOLIS _ Minnesota said it is ready to help 19-year-old Kevin Garnett in his move from high school to the pros.

Coach Bill Blair admitted, after making the fifth pick overall, moves to get rid of some of the team's "problem" players, Isaiah Rider and Christian Laettner, may be forthcoming.

When asked about fears of Rider becoming Garnett's role model, Blair said simply, "We're going to give him another role model."

"I'm going to be my own man and make my own decisions," Garnett said. "And if I goof up, I goof up. It was my decision."

Around the league

Bulls: Dragan Tarlac, the club's 31st draft pick, won't be available next season because he is under contract with Greece's Team Olympiakos.

Nuggets: Former owner Sidney Shlenker testified that he hired several of Heidi Fleiss' high-priced prostitutes and paid them in excess of a combined $10,000. Shlenker, who owned the franchise from 1985-89, was testifying in the Hollywood madam's money-laundering trial.

Pistons: First-round pick Theo Ratliff inadvertently revealed plans to acquire Otis Thorpe from Portland. "What I'm going to bring to this squad is, I'm coming off the bench, playing behind an Otis Thorpe, I'm bringing, uh . . .," Ratliff trailed off as coach Doug Collins held a finger to his lips, indicating he should keep quiet.

Warriors: Will Martin Lewis, a 6-5 forward out of Seward CC in Kansas and the 50th player taken in the draft, play in the NBA or Big Eight? Lewis' mother, Odessa, said her son, who had signed a letter of intent to play at Oklahoma State, had not spoken with the Warriors and did not have an agent. If Lewis does not sign a pro contract or sign with an agent, he has 30 days to withdraw his name and regain his college eligibility.

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