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Wesley to be charged in Phills' death

The Hornets' David Wesley will be charged in the drag-racing death of teammate Bobby Phills. Police said Wesley was driving his Porsche at more than 100 mph and with a suspended license.

Assistant District Attorney Anne Tompkins said Wednesday she was not sure when the two misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and drag racing will be filed.

Wesley was in Houston on Tuesday night for a game against the Rockets. The Hornets return home Monday against the Knicks.

Phills lost control and collided with a car Jan. 12 outside the team's arena. He and Wesley were driving "in an erratic, reckless, careless, negligent or aggressive manner," and were "involved in a speed competition" before the collision, a police report said.

Speed competition, or drag racing, and reckless driving are each punishable by up to two months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Motorists convicted of drag racing also can lose their licenses for up to a year.

Elliott practices

SAN ANTONIO, Texas _ Spurs forward Sean Elliott practiced with his teammates for the first time since having a life-saving kidney transplant six months ago.

Elliott, 32, participated in all of the team's drills without taking a rest, although he appeared exhausted afterward.

"It was just as hard as I thought it was going to be," said Elliott, who received a kidney from his brother Noel on Aug. 16. "I knew it wasn't going to be easy."

The team is taking a cautious approach to his return. Coach Gregg Popovich said he will not decide for several weeks whether Elliott will become the first professional athlete to resume his career after a kidney transplant.

Elliott said getting back on the court is worth the risk, which doctors have assured him is minimal. "Sometimes you want to prove things to yourself," he said.

Elliott had focal segmental glomerular sclerosis, an illness that prevents the kidneys from properly filtering waste from the blood. Without the transplant, Elliott was weeks from having to undergo dialysis.

SMITH A FREE AGENT: Leon Smith, the talented but troubled teenager struggling to go from high school star to NBA rookie, is a free agent. Smith's stormy relationship with the Mavericks ended Tuesday with a deal that ensures he'll get the $1.45-million he was guaranteed by being a first-round draft pick. If another team takes a chance on the 19-year-old forward, it must fulfill the three-year deal Smith signed in November. If not, Dallas will pay it over 10 years.

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