Doug Moe was fired yesterday after 10 seasons as coach of the NBA's Denver Nuggets.
General Manager Bernie Bickerstaff, hired recently from the Seattle SuperSonics, reserved comment about who would replace the often tempestuous but largely successful Moe.
However, the Nuggets have scheduled another news conference, apparently to annonce the hiring of Loyola Marymount Coach Paul Westhead, according to broadcast reports. He was 140-104 with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Nuggets and Moe announced they had "mutually agreed to end their relationship." But, after a news conference, Moe said, "I was fired, basically."
He'll be paid off on his contract, carrying through 1992-93 season and worth about $700,000 a year. . . .
The Cleveland Cavaliers matched the Miami Heat's $26.5 million, seven-year offer and will keep forward John "Hot Rod" Williams.
Thus the Cavs' payroll will soar through the NBA's $11.87 million salary cap -- legitimately, because they had no control over the Heat's offer -- limiting the ability of the front office to rework contracts of veterans or sign free agents.
Yet the big score for Williams, who usually has been only their sixth man, didn't keep them from promptly extending point guard Mark Price's contract three years, to a six-year pact reportedly worth $15 million. . . .
Dallas Mavericks forward Roy Tarpley has been put on two years' probation, during which he will perform 100 hours of community service, after pleading guilty to driving drunk last November -- an arrest that led to his third suspension for substance abuse.