The Golden State Warriors, who used their salary-cap room to sign four-time All-Star and free-agent point guard Mark Price to a three-year, $12.6-million contract on Sunday, may use him as an intricate part in a trade that could lead to a multiplayer deal with the Orlando Magic involving center Rony Seikaly.
The San Jose Mercury News reported the Magic is interested in finding a point guard with three-point shooting range so it can move Penny Hardaway to off-guard. Orlando's only option is to trade for one because it is over the salary cap. Both Price, fifth on the league's all-time three-point shooting percentage list, and B.J. Armstrong, the Warriors' starting point guard for most of last season, would fit that need.
The Magic also needs to fill the void at center left by Shaquille O'Neal signing with the Los Angeles Lakers last week. A league source said before O'Neal signed that if he left Orlando the Magic would go after Seikaly. The Warriors, of course, have been eager to move Seikaly since he asked to be traded at the end of last season.
However, Richard Howell, Price's Atlanta-based agent, said the Warriors gave no indication they planned to deal his client.
Orlando, the Mercury News said, already has offered to trade shooting guard Dennis Scott for Seikaly, but the Warriors haven't been interested because they're not that wild about Scott and it would leave them with No. 11 pick Todd Fuller as their starting center.
MAGIC: The team is expected to announce the signing of first-round draft pick Brian Evans today.
Evans, a 6-foot-8 forward from Indiana, was the 27th player selected. He will sign a three-year deal worth $1.585-million.
CAVALIERS: Five-time All-Star center Brad Daugherty, who has not played since 1994, announced his retirement.
Daugherty, the first overall draft pick in 1986, missed the final 29 games of the 1993-94 season with a herniated disc in his back.
SONICS: Jim McIlvaine, a 7-foot-1 free agent who was a backup with the Washington Bullets last season, signed a seven-year, $35-million contract with Seattle.
SIXERS: They renounced rights to free-agent Tony Massenburg.
GRIZZLIES: Vancouver signed free-agent point guard Lee Mayberry to a four-year, $5.7-million deal and waived veteran guard Byron Scott.
WARRIORS: They re-signed free-agent guard Latrell Sprewell to a multiyear contract. Terms of the deal were not released.