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Dale Ellis Joins SuperSonics, Again

October 3, 1997

SEATTLE (AP) _ Dale Ellis is returning to the Seattle SuperSonics.

The Sonics acquired the swingman from the Denver Nuggets on Thursday for Greg Graham and center Steve Scheffler. The Sonics also will give the Nuggets the least favorable of their two second-round picks in the 1998 draft and a conditional second-round pick in either 1999 or 2002.

Ellis, 37, played four seasons with the Sonics starting in 1986 before being traded in February, 1991, to the Milwaukee Bucks. The 6-foot-7 Ellis, the NBA’s all-time leading 3-point shooter, has averaged 16.6 points and 3.6 rebounds over his 14-year career.

Last week, in a three-team trade, the Sonics got Vin Baker from Milwaukee and sent Shawn Kemp to Cleveland. They also signed their top draft pick, James Cotton, and free agents Stephen Howard, Aaron Williams and Jerome Kersey.

The trade removes Graham’s and Scheffler’s salaries from the Sonics’ salary cap. Graham is scheduled to earn $1.54 million and Scheffler $325,000 in each of the next two seasons.

The Sonics also announced Thursday they have signed three additional players, second round draft choice Mark Blount and free agents Derrick Battie and Ed Stokes.

The Sonics selected Blount, 21, of Pittsburgh, in this year’s NBA draft.

Battie, 23, a 6-foot-10 forward out of Temple, played last season in Italy.

Stokes, 26, was a 1993 second round draft choice of the Miami Heat. He played last season in Italy as well.

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