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Kings ship Spud

The Kings traded unhappy point guard Spud Webb to Atlanta for forward Tyrone Corbin on Thursday. The 5-foot-7 Webb is one of the NBA's shortest players, and has been a big contributor to the Kings the past four seasons. Last season, he averaged 11.6 points and led the NBA in free-throw percentage (.934).

But he had been upset by the Kings' selection of guard Bobby Hurley as the No. 1 draft choice in 1993. Webb, 31, became expendable when the Kings took point guard Tyus Edney of UCLA in the second round Wednesday.

No Rider model

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Timberwolves said they are ready to help 19-year-old Kevin Garnett and 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."

Mom says go pro

LIBERAL, Kan. _ Will Martin Lewis, a 6-foot-5 forward and the 50th player taken in the draft by Golden State, play in the NBA or Big Eight next season? Lewis' mother, Odessa Lewis, 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. But his mother said she would rather see him turn pro. "I'm very much interested in him going (to the NBA), and I'm his mother," she said.

Knicks charge Heat

NEW YORK _ The Knicks have filed tampering charges with the league against the Miami Heat for contacting former Knicks coach Pat Riley, team president Dave Checketts said. Riley resigned June 15 with a year remaining on his contract.

Lockout alert

SALT LAKE CITY _ Outspoken Jazz owner Larry Miller said the league is headed for its first work stoppage. Miller said the owners could lock out players as early as midnight tonight, when the "no-strike, no-lockout" agreement struck in October expires.

_ TIMES WIRES

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