Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens won't play for the Sacramento Kings' summer league team next week unless the NFL club approves, the NBA team said yesterday.

Owens, the talkative all-pro who's embroiled in a contract dispute with the Eagles, had recent discussions with the Kings about another foray into basketball, his favorite sport.

But Kings spokesman Darrin May said the franchise wouldn't add Owens to its roster for the Las Vegas summer league unless the Eagles give their consent -- something they're highly unlikely to do, given Owens's value and contract status. The Kings' first game is July 10.

"It's absolutely contingent on the Eagles approving," May said. "If not, it won't happen."

A call to the Eagles' public relations department wasn't immediately returned, and the team office was closed for the week.

Owens, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard with a quick first step, was a backup on his college basketball team at Tennessee-Chattanooga. He played briefly for the USBL's Adirondack Wildcats in the summer of 2002, while he was still with the San Francisco 49ers.

While Owens probably won't be in Las Vegas, rapper Master P -- otherwise known as Percy Miller -- will be on the Kings' summer roster, May said.

-- From News Services