Ex-Georgetown star David Wingate may be rejoining the San Antonio Spurs now that his rape trial in Ellicott City, Md., has been postponed.

Howard County Circuit Judge Raymond Kane Jr. on Monday moved Wingate's scheduled April 1 trial to Aug. 5 over a prosecutor's objection. Kane was told the Spurs have indicated they would rehire Wingate if he can play the rest of the season without interruption by a trial.

The judge said he was influenced by defense attorney Philip Armstrong's claim that a delay would allow Wingate to work and pay his legal fees. Wingate is free on $10,000 bail.

Armstrong also said in a written motion that Wingate had reached a settlement that will result in dismissal of civil and criminal charges pending against him in Texas. A woman there claimed Wingate met her at a San Antonio nightclub and raped her en route to his house. There has been no confirmation that the civil suit has been cleared.

Wingate was the Spurs' top reserve guard last season, then in September came within 48 hours of signing a three-year, $2.5 million contract. The Spurs withdrew the offer after rape charges were filed in Maryland.

Spurs owner Red McCombs said the team will comment on Wingate's future "in the next few days."


Into the final week of fan voting now, and the Eastern Conference leaders for the all-star game Feb. 10 in Charlotte are:

Guards: Michael Jordan, 418,675; Isiah Thomas, 174,568. Forwards: Charles Barkley, 312,640; Larry Bird, 285,805. Center: Patrick Ewing, 292,330.