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Sonics get Barry for Hawkins and Cotton

The Sonics acquired guard Brent Barry from the Bulls for guards Hersey Hawkins and James Cotton, continuing their roster overhaul.

Barry, 27, averaged 11.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists last season, his first with Chicago after splitting time the previous season between the Clippers and Heat. He signed a six-year, $27-million contract with the Bulls in January.

Sonics general manager Wally Walker said it was difficult to trade Hawkins but the opportunity to get Barry was too great to pass up.

"We think Brent's athleticism, versatility and youth will fit in perfectly with the new direction of our team," Walker said.

Seattle has been one of the league's most active teams in the off-season. The Sonics earlier acquired veteran power forward Horace Grant from the Orlando Magic, and they've also signed free agents Vernon Maxwell and Ruben Patterson.

Hawkins, 32, averaged 10.3 points last season, his fourth with the Sonics. His .902 free-throw percentage ranked fifth in the league. He has two years left on a contract that'll pay him about $4-million next season.

The acquisition of Hawkins is the first off-season move for the rebuilding Bulls, who until now hadn't made a trade or signed a free agent even though they're well below the league's spending limit.

"It was a very hard trade to make because we feel Brent Barry has a fine future ahead of him," vice president of basketball operations Jerry Krause said.

Cotton, 23, was limited to 10 games last season because of a strained hamstring.

Shammond Williams signed a three-year contract with the sonics. The 6-foot-1 guard was selected by the Bulls in the second round with the 34th pick in the 1998 draft. His rights were traded to the Hawks, where he played in two games before being released Feb. 19. Williams played with the Sonics summer league team in Boston, averaging 12.2 points and 6.5 assists in six games.

CAVS: Cleveland signed free-agent forward Mark Bryant to a two-year, $4.2-million contract. Bryant, an 11-year veteran, spent last year with Chicago and averaged 9.0 points and a career-high 26.8 minutes.

CLIPPERS: Lamar Odom, the fourth selection in the draft, signed a three-year, $7.8-million contract. "I'm officially in the NBA _ my lifetime dream," said Odom, who averaged 17.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists for Rhode Island last year in his only season of college basketball. The 6-foot-9 Odom will be paid $2.4-million during the upcoming season, $2.6-million in 2000-01 and $2.8-million in 2001-02. The Clippers hold a club option for $3.5-million in 2002-03.

JAZZ: A tornado that hit downtown Salt Lake City left the Delta Center with holes in the roof, broken windows and a drenched floor. It will be closed at least six weeks for repairs, said Scott Williams, Delta Center general manager. The 19,911-seat arena, home of the Utah Jazz and the WNBA's Utah Starzz, was one of the first buildings damaged when the twister struck about 12:45 p.m. MDT Wednesday. "It took a major hit, but nobody got hurt," Tim Howells, Jazz general manager, said.

NETS: New Jersey signed Gheorghe Muresan, the NBA's tallest player, to a one-year contract. The 28-year-old, 7-foot-7 Muresan hasn't played for most of the past two seasons because of injury. The team also re-signed free-agent forward Scott Burrell. The 6-7 Burrell averaged 6.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in 32 games last season, scoring a season-high 18 against Seattle on April 16. Terms were not disclosed.

ROCKETS: Coach Rudy Tomjanovich refused comment on reports that forward Scottie Pippen has demanded a trade that would reunite him with Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson.

"You're talking about trades," Tomjanovich said after the team summoned reporters for a news conference. "I do my things privately with my players, and these things basically stay private." Tomjanovich called the reports about Pippen, 33, just another obstacle as he tries to rebuild the aging Rockets.

"This job I've found has a lot of obstacles in it, and this is just another one," he said. "I just try to stay positive."

Pippen's agent, Jimmy Sexton, said his client has nothing against the Rockets but would like to be reunited with the former Bulls coach he _ along with Michael Jordan _ helped to win six NBA championships.

SPURS: San Antonio re-signed free-agent forward Malik Rose to a three-year contract. The 6-foot-7, 250-pound Rose averaged 6.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 13 minutes a game. He joined the Spurs as a free agent before the 1997-98 season after a year with the Hornets.

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