BET founder Robert L. Johnson said he likely won't pursue another NBA team if he isn't awarded the expansion franchise in Charlotte.

"If I don't get the team, I'm not sure I would continue to pursue others," Johnson said. "None of them fit my desire to be in certain parts of the country."

Johnson heads one of two groups that have filed applications to buy an expansion team in Charlotte, which lost the Hornets to New Orleans after last season. The other group includes Hall of Famer Larry Bird.

"There is not a front-runner," said Johnson.

The NBA said the price tag for the franchise would be at least $300 million.

Both groups will make presentations to the NBA next month, Johnson said. The league probably will make its choice by Dec. 17 or 18, though it may consider other bidders.

* KINGS SUED: The former agent for Pistons F Corliss Williamson has sued the Kings for allegedly reneging on a secret agreement designed to circumvent the NBA's payroll limits.

The suit, filed yesterday by Elbert Crawford in California Superior Court in Los Angeles seeks at least $10 million. Kings co-owners Joe and Gavin Maloof, former owner Jim Thomas and President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie are named as defendants.

The suit alleges that in 1999 the Kings promised Williamson a seven-year contract worth at least $50 million if he'd play one season for less than his market value. Williamson agreed to play one year for $500,000, but the team then withdrew its secret offer, the suit said.

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