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Seattle Won’t Keep Dale Ellis

June 30, 1998

SEATTLE (AP) _ The Seattle SuperSonics announced Tuesday they won’t exercise the $1.9 million option on the final year of Dale Ellis’ contract, making him a free agent.

Ellis, 37, is the NBA’s all-time leading 3-point shooter.

He averaged 11.8 points and led the league in 3-point shooting _ 46.4 percent _ after being acquired in a trade with Denver before last season. He earned $1.9 million last season in his second stint in Seattle and his 15th year in the league.

``I’m not retiring,″ Ellis said.

Ellis helped the Sonics win 61 regular-season games and the Pacific Division title although he suffered a strained abdominal muscle at the end of the season.

The Sonics still could sign Ellis as a free agent _ at a reduced salary _ after the NBA lockout, although that seems unlikely.

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