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Stoudamire Finally Traded to Portland

Associated Press

Damon Stoudamire was traded by the Toronto Raptors on Friday, going to the Portland Trail Blazers in a six-player deal that ended a monthlong saga featuring several aborted trades.

In addition to losing their best player, the Raptors lost their coach. Darrell Walker resigned in a move the club described as a mutual decision.

Assistant Butch Carter will take over for the rest of the season.

Forwards Walt Williams and Carlos Rogers were sent to Portland with Stoudamire. In return, the Raptors received point guard Kenny Anderson, rookie guard Alvin Williams and forward Gary Trent, plus two first-round draft choices.

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The Blazers apparently agreed to pay a substantial portion--if not all--of the remaining five years of Anderson’s contract worth $38 million.

Anderson has said he would refuse to report to Toronto if traded there, so the Raptors might try to make another deal that would send the former all-star to another team.

Stoudamire, 24, was rookie of the year in 1996 and has been highly sought after since he made it clear he no longer wanted to play for the Raptors.

Stoudamire is averaging 19 points and eight assists. He will be a free agent at the end of the season, and Portland will be expected to offer him a seven-year contract worth $12 million to $14 million a season.

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The Milwaukee Bucks placed Terrell Brandon on the injured list and signed former Detroit Pistons guard Litterial Green to a 10-day contract. Brandon, who has missed the last two games because of a sprained left ankle, will not be eligible to return until Feb. 24 against the Lakers. He is averaging 17 points a game, but missed seven games earlier this season because of his ankle, originally injured Dec. 11. . . . Lloyd Daniels signed a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks, replacing Ed Gray, who is injured. Daniels had a similar agreement last month with the Raptors after playing for the Idaho Stampede of the Continental Basketball Assn., and Turkey earlier this season. The Hawks will be the sixth NBA team Daniels has played for in his four-year NBA career. He has averaged seven points and two rebounds in 194 games. . . . The Charlotte Hornets have signed guard Vernon Maxwell for the rest of the season. Maxwell signed a 10-day contract Feb. 2, and has averaged 11 points, three rebounds and two assists.


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