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Lakers Show Interest in Greenwood, Reach Agreement With A. C. Green

Free-agent forward David Greenwood, who played at UCLA in the 1970s and most recently was not re-signed by the Denver Nuggets, passed a physical examination commissioned by the Lakers Friday and may sign with the club before training camp opens next week in Honolulu.

Jerry West, the Lakers’ general manager, confirmed that Greenwood, 32, passed the physical, but the team still is considering other options in its search to fill retired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s roster spot.

“Greenwood seems to be physically healthy and in shape,” West said. “But at this point, we don’t know what we are going to do. We’re exploring all the possibilities. We’ll continue to explore (Greenwood’s availability). We want to do something by Monday.”

Greenwood, who is 6-feet-9, has played for four National Basketball Assn. teams and has a career scoring average of 11 points a game. He missed parts of last season with Denver because of an injured left Achilles’ tendon.

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West also said the Lakers have reached a tentative agreement with power forward A.C. Green, a restricted free agent. West said a copy of the contract, which figures to pay Green more than $1 million for the coming season, has been sent to Marc Fleisher, Green’s New York-based agent.

“I would hope to have (Green’s contract) done by Monday,” West said.


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