SMITS SALE: Rik Smits owns two houses in the Indianapolis area, and both are for sale.

That doesn't necessarily mean that the Pacers center is planning to retire. "I'm still not 100 percent sure," Smits said from his summer home in upstate New York.

Smits, who said he was leaning toward retirement shortly after the Pacers' season ended, has not talked with Pacers President Donnie Walsh since his end-of-season interview June 16.

He would not say when he will make a decision, but the logical deadline is by Aug. 1, when the NBA moratorium on transactions ends.

Smits put his home in northwest Marion County up for sale last summer and moved to a 15-acre property in Zionsville. He put that home up for sale this summer.

But the Indianapolis Star is reporting that an anonymous source said Smits was planning to live in whichever house did not sell first and play one more season.

Smits said only, "I don't need two mortgage payments."

DALLAS DEALING: The company that owns the Dallas Morning News announced plans to buy a minority interest in the Mavericks for $24 million.

The Belo Corp., which also owns TV station WFAA, will own 12.38 percent of the NBA team. A group headed by Ross Perot Jr. owns a majority stake in the Mavericks.

As part of the deal, Belo obtained a 6.19 percent non-voting interest in the Arena Group, the partnership formed by the Mavericks and the NHL Dallas Stars to build and operate the new arena under construction in downtown Dallas. The deal is subject to NBA approval, which is expected to take about a month.