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Nets Trade Hopson to Bulls, Get Another First-Round Choice

From Associated Press

The New Jersey Nets, who have the first pick in today’s NBA draft, traded guard Dennis Hopson to the Chicago Bulls Tuesday for another first-round pick this year, two future second-round picks and undisclosed future considerations.

Derrick Coleman of Syracuse is expected to be taken by the Nets first in the draft, but as a result of the trade Dennis Scott of Georgia Tech enters the No. 1 picture. He could be taken as the Nets’ shooting guard of the future with the No. 1 pick, and the team then could look for a rebounder with the 22nd pick overall.

“I see the possibility of a player we like sliding down to the 22nd pick,” Net Coach Bill Fitch said. “The past 24 hours have provided us with an opportunity to mold this team in a different direction.”

The Nets also have expressed a willingness to trade the top pick for a proven player, but no team has come close to offering an acceptable deal, said Bob Casciola, the Nets’ executive vice president and chief operating officer.

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The Bulls will give the Nets their second-round picks in 1991 and the highest of three second-round picks Chicago has in 1992.


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