In a scene more fitting for a college coach, the Pacers' Isiah Thomas met with members of free-agent forward Chris Webber's family over the weekend in Detroit.
"We met with his family at their request," team president Donnie Walsh said Monday. "But any speculation of Chris becoming a Pacer is premature because it would involve a sign-and-trade, and the decision to do that rests with Chris Webber and Sacramento, not the Pacers."
The Kings were believed to be offering the 28-year-old power forward and All-NBA first-teamer a contract worth more than $120-million over seven years _ the largest possible deal under the league's salary cap.
Webber said he has talked to 12-15 teams since July 1.
WIZARDS: Forward Christian Laettner has agreed to a four-year contract worth $21-million, the Washington Post reported.
Coach Doug Collins, who would not say whether the sides had come to terms, said he hopes to rejuvenate Laettner's mid-range offensive game and believes he could be a positive influence on No. 1 overall draft pick Kwame Brown and other young players.
Laettner is expected to sign Wednesday, the first day free agents are allowed to formalize their agreements.
SUNS: The team will send center Chris Dudley to the New Jersey Nets for center Soumaila Samake and forward Johnny Newman to complete the Jason Kidd-Stephon Marbury deal.
The June 28 swap of star point guards cannot become official until Wednesday because of compensation and contract issues.
The other players were included to make the salary-cap numbers work since Marbury's salary will be $11-million, $2.5-million more than Kidd's.
PISTONS: The team obtained the rights to forward Zeljko Rebraca from the Toronto Raptors for a second-round draft pick in 2002.
Rebraca, 29, a 6-foot-11, 215-pounder, has spent his entire pro career in Europe. He averaged 10.5 points for Panathinaikos A.O. Athens in Greece last season.
The Raptors acquired the rights to Rebraca on Jan. 21, 1999, from the Timberwolves.