SOLD: The Grizzlies, who entered the NBA four years ago when the league expanded into Canada, will be sold for about $200 million to billionaire Bill Laurie, owner of the NHL's St. Louis Blues. The sale was announced at a news conference yesterday at GM Place arena, with Laurie refusing to say whether he plans to keep the team in Vancouver beyond next season. The team conceivably could be moved to St. Louis, where Laurie owns the Kiel Center, but not before the 2000-01 season.
"We have made no decision at all on moving the team," Laurie said. "Our main concern is getting approval of the Board of Governors."
The Grizzlies are owned by the same group that owns the NHL's Vancouver Canucks and GM Place.
UNHAPPY: The Clippers' leading scorer, Maurice Taylor, asked to be traded after the team declined to extend his contract, Taylor's agent David Falk said. The 22-year-old Taylor is entering the third and final year of his first NBA contract. . . . The Nets obtained F Johnny Newman in a trade with the Clippers for guard Eric Murdock. . . .
The Raptors signed free agent G Muggsy Bogues to a one-year contract.