Lorenzen Wright, the center-forward from the Los Angeles Clippers who was contemplating a job with the Lakers, instead will be traded to the Hawks today for two No.
1 picks, the Associated Press reported Saturday.
Atlanta will give up its No.
1 pick and one originally belonging to Toronto.
Wright, who turned down a $30-million, six-year offer to stay with the Clippers, should get similar money from the Hawks. Atlanta is over the salary cap, but has a trade exception worth $4.4-million that it can use in this deal.
On Friday, the 6-foot-11 Wright reportedly was contemplating a one-year, $2-million offer from the Lakers, which came as shocking news to the Pacers and Hawks _ both were trying to get Wright in a sign-and-trade deal.
The Hawks and Clippers had discussed a Jim Jackson-for-Wright deal early last week, but Atlanta decided against it.
But when given a chance to get the three-year veteran for the price of two draft picks, the Hawks decided to do it. Atlanta had four No.
1 picks this year and kept three of the players _ guard Jason Terry, center-forward Cal Bowlder and guard Dion Glover.
With the fourth pick, the Hawks drafted forward Jumaine Jones but immediately traded his rights to Philadelphia for a future No.
1 that initially belonged to Toronto. That pick will be sent to the Clippers along with the Hawks' top selection in 2000.
NO THANKS, SEATTLE: Don Nelson can breathe a little easier after free-agent forward Gary Trent turned down a three-year, $11.28-million offer from the Sonics.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Trent wanted more money than the Sonics were offering. Unless Seattle comes up with a better offer, or another team steps up, Trent might stay put.
"I'm happy that he turned the Seattle offer down, but I'm not surprised," said Nelson, who doubles as coach and general manager of the Mavericks. "I think that was the right thing to do."
According to terms of the collective-bargaining agreement, the Mavericks can offer Trent a one-year, $2-million contract, or a two-year, $4.2-million deal.