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Agent: Grant to Miami Deal Not Done

August 11, 2000

MIAMI (AP) _ A sign-and-trade deal that would send free agent power forward Brian Grant to the Miami Heat has not been completed, the player’s agent said Thursday.

``Sign-and-trades are difficult,″ agent Mark Bartlestein said. ``There’s no deals done as of yet, nothing is completed. We’re obviously talking with Miami.″

The Palm Beach Post, however, in a story for Friday’s editions, reported that an agreement in principle was reached among the Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Heat for the three-way deal.

Portland plans to sign Grant to long-term deal, which will pay him as much as $9.2 million next season and $87 million over seven years, and then send him to Miami. Cavaliers forward Shawn Kemp will go to Portland. Cleveland will get forwards Clarence Weatherspoon and Chris Gatling from Miami and Portland will throw in Gary Grant, after signing him to a three-year contract, the newspaper reported, citing anonymous NBA sources.

``Obviously there’s a lot of interest on both sides,″ Heat general manager Randy Pfund said. ``We’ve inched a lot closer, but because of the timing, the situation cannot be resolved right now.″

Gatling’s inclusion in the deal would mean the trade could not be declared official until at least Aug. 26. The Heat obtained Gatling from Denver in June and league rules do not allow a player to be traded twice within 60 days.

Brian Grant almost ended up in Cleveland in a $93 million deal that would have sent him to the Cavaliers in exchange for Kemp. But as a free agent, Grant used his power to turn down the deal.

Then, after opting to become a free agent at the end of June and giving up a guaranteed $40 million over the next four years, Grant this week reportedly turned down a $70 million, six-year offer to stay with the Blazers.

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