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Charlotte Sends Morrison to Lakers

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Bobcats traded managing partner Michael Jordan's first draft pick yesterday, sending struggling F Adam Morrison and reserve G Shannon Brown to the Lakers for F Vladimir Radmanovic.

Jordan's first major decision after becoming part owner with the final say on all basketball decisions was taking Morrison with the third overall pick in the 2006 draft over Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay and others.

The former Gonzaga star known in college for his shaggy hair and thin mustache never lived up to expectations and had fallen out of favor with Coach Larry Brown. He was jettisoned for the 6-foot-10 Radmanovic, who was averaging 5.9 points and 2.5 rebounds a game with the Lakers.

The move is a sign of another failed decision by Jordan, who was widely criticized for selecting Kwame Brown with the Wizards' No. 1 overall pick in 2001. . . .

Charlotte SG Raja Bell will miss at least two games with a groin injury.

· HAWKS: PG Mike Bibby did not play last night because of a sore foot. He was injured Friday in Charlotte. Coach Mike Woodson listed Bibby as day-to-day and said he hopes Bibby can return Tuesday against the Wizards.

· CAVALIERS: F Wally Szczerbiak will play with a protective mask after breaking his nose in Wednesday night's win at New York.

· THUNDER: C Nenad Krstic has returned to practice and could play today against the Kings. He missed Thursday's game with the flu.

· MAVERICKS: G Jason Terry suffered a broken bone in his left hand in the first half and missed the rest of last night's game against the Bulls.

Dallas's sixth man told team officials he wasn't sure when the break occurred.

-- From News Services

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