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Thorpe sent to Grizzlies

The Grizzlies acquired veteran power forward Otis Thorpe from the Detroit Pistons on Thursday for a future No. 1 draft choice.

The Grizzlies also renounced their rights to point guard Greg Anthony.

Thorpe, a 13-year veteran who won an NBA title with the Houston Rockets in 1994, had a public falling-out with Pistons coach Doug Collins last season. Neither would speak to the other.

"That's a part of my past right now," Thorpe said. "I had nothing to do with that, I'm sorry that had to happen, and now it's time to move on."

The move will free up salary-cap room for the Pistons, who received a draft pick that must be between second and 18th overall. Vancouver will choose the year, from 1998 to 2003, in which it will surrender the pick.

Rick Sund, Detroit's vice president of basketball operations, said, "We're in a situation where we got two years from Otis, and Otis did a great job for us, but we need to get younger in the frontcourt."

Brian Hill, hired this off-season as Vancouver's coach, said Thorpe is a winner.

1 "We're talking about adding a player of his experience and adding it to a team like this," Hill said. "It's really critical because that's the biggest lesson that we have to teach this team this year, is how to win."

1 Anthony, Vancouver's first selection in the 1995 expansion draft, becomes an unrestricted free agent.

ROCKETS: Eddie Johnson, 38, will return for his 16th season after reaching agreement on a one-year deal.

The guard told KRIV-TV in Houston he agreed to play for the NBA minimum of $327,000. Because of salary-cap restrictions, that's all the Rockets can offer him.

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