FINED: The NBA fined Portland reserve F Mark Bryant $5,000 and ordered him to sit out the Trail Blazers' regular season opener for fighting during a preseason game Saturday against the Kings.
Bryant and Portland Coach Rick Adelman said they were surprised by the severity of the penalty, which was announced in New York by Rod Thorn, the NBA's vice president for operations.
"I guess the league is trying to cut down on the fighting situation," Bryant said. "I think it's kind of a strong fine but from what they said I really can't do anything about it."
"I think they're trying to do the right thing," Adelman said. "I just think there are extenuating circumstances in this case. You're dealing with an exhibition game, where people are trying to make teams. The play sometimes gets ragged and gets a little rougher."
Bryant, who is 6 feet 9 and 245 pounds, slugged rookie Marty Conlon.
TRADE: The Seattle SuperSonics reduced their roster to 13 by trading third-year guard Avery Johnson to Denver for a 1997 conditional second-round draft pick.
Johnson averaged 2.6 points in 53 games last season and 1.6 points in 43 games as a rookie in 1988-89. He was signed as a free agent after leading the nation in assists in both his junior and senior seasons at Southern University. A 5-10 point guard, he averaged 2.0 points and 1.3 assists in three exhibitions this year.
With Denver, he will be reunited with Bernie Bickerstaff, his coach in Seattle. Bickerstaff now is the Nuggets' general manager.