Isiah Thomas apologized to a television reporter who said the Detroit Piston assaulted him outside a team practice in Windsor, Ontario.

Virg Jacques, a reporter for WJBK-TV, filed an assault complaint Tuesday, claiming Thomas choked him and threw him against a car in an Oakland University parking lot. Thomas said the reporter wouldn't let him get into his car.

"I have always talked to the media, my entire career," Thomas said. "But I'm a grown man and I don't deserve to be treated that way. I shouldn't have to talk to anybody if I don't want to. I was on my free time. That's it. I'm not talking about it again."

But yesterday, Thomas asked to meet privately with Jacques and apologized. Jacques said he accepted the apology and would drop the matter. . . .

The Philadelphia 76ers announced the signing of point guard Johnny Dawkins, 27, to a multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract just hours before the opening of training camp in Lancaster, Pa. The 76ers also signed free agent guard Ricky Green. . . . Former DeMatha High star Jerrod Mustaf, the New York Knicks' first-round draft choice who left Maryland after his sophomore season, signed a multiyear contract. The 6-foot-10 Mustaf, the 17th selection in the June draft, averaged 18.5 points and 7.7 rebounds at Maryland last season. Financial details were not disclosed. . . . Guards Kevin Gamble, Charles Smith, and Carrick DeHart have signed with the Celtics, the team announced. Terms were not disclosed. . . . The Chicago Bulls signed forward Cliff Levingston to a two-year contract reportedly worth $1.2 million annually. . . . Seattle guard Dale Ellis, convicted of drunken driving and reckless driving, was sentenced to one day in jail, fined $500 and ordered to attend a driving school and perform 60 hours of community service. Seattle also signed veteran center Dave Corzine to a one-year deal.

Agent Lance Luchnick, who was fined $5,000 in May for violating Alabama's sports agent registration law, has been suspended from representing any NBA players in salary negotiations for 18 months, the NBA Players Association disciplinary committee said. Luchnick also was permanently prohibited from advising or assisting players in financial planning or management, investment counseling and tax preparation or planning in a decision made by arbitrator George Nicolau.