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BLAZERS: Center Theo Ratliff signed a five-year contract extension. Ratliff, who led the league in blocked shots the past two seasons, played 32 games with the Blazers last season after he was acquired from the Atlanta Hawks with Shareef Abdur-Rahim for Rasheed Wallace.

CAVALIERS: Veteran center Scott Williams signed a one-year contract, giving the team an experienced big man to back up Zydrunas Ilgauskas on what remains a young team. Williams, 36, won three NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls during a 14-year career.

RAPTORS: Vince Carter wants out, but new coach Sam Mitchell doesn't think it will be an issue when training camp opens next week. Carter has asked for a trade, but Mitchell hopes the All-Star guard will change his mind when he reports for media day on Oct. 4. "Vince has had some legitimate beefs, and I think we've all acknowledged that, but we all would like him to give this new regime a chance," Mitchell said.


INJURIES: Detroit forward and leading scorer Swin Cash had successful surgery to repair a torn ligament in her left knee. Seattle guard Sue Bird will need surgery on her broken nose, and her status is uncertain for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals that begin Friday.

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