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Nets grab MacCulloch

Published Sep. 10, 2005

Todd MacCulloch, a 7-footer who averaged 4.1 points and 2.7 rebounds for Philadelphia last season, has accepted an offer from the Nets, The Sunday Star-Ledger reported.

The six-year deal is believed to be worth $33.75-million, the Newark newspaper said.

MacCulloch would receive the NBA's $4.5-million midlevel exception this season and 10 percent increases each season afterward through the 2006-07 season.

MacCulloch visited the Nets Thursday and Friday. Nets president Rod Thorn said he should hear from MacCulloch today or Tuesday.

MacCulloch, who has played the past two seasons for the 76ers, is a restricted free agent. The 76ers will have 15 days from Wednesday, when the moratorium on player signings and trades is lifted, to match the offer.

KNICKS: Three days remain before teams can officially sign players, but almost all of New York's off-season work is done.

On Friday, Allan Houston waived his request for a no-trade clause and accepted the Knicks' offer of a six-year, $100-million contract, a person who knows of the negotiations said. The deal will make Houston the highest-paid player in franchise history.

Later that night the Knicks came to terms with power forward Clarence Weatherspoon on a deal that will pay him $27-million during the next five years.

JORDAN WATCH: Michael Jordan skipped practice on the third day of the Wizards' minicamp to be at the summer basketball camp he runs in Chicago.

In two days of workouts, coach Doug Collins said Jordan continued to amaze as he pursues a possible comeback this season.

"I can't imagine taking the time that he's taken off. He's out here with the rookies, so what else can I say about him. He loves to play," Collins said.

Collins insists there is no secret about Jordan's status.

"Michael's working hard, and he's going to see whether or not he can get himself in shape to play," he said. "I don't think there's any secret about that."