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Basketball: New York Knicks

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posted on Jul, 17 2003 @ 08:22 AM
Slavko Vranes, a seven-foot-five centre who has struggled for the New York Knicks during summer league, moved closer Wednesday to finalizing a buyout with his European team.

Vranes is one of two European big men chosen by the Knicks in the second round of last month's draft. The other, forward Maciej Lampe, had his best game of the summer league Wednesday with 21 points and four rebounds in a 103-101 triple-overtime victory over Dallas.

The Knicks are also trying to broker a buyout of Lampe's contract with Real Madrid of Spain, but New York is prohibited by NBA rules from contributing more than $350,000 US. Lampe's buyout clause carries a price tag of $2 million, he said.

"We're having conversations with both, and with Slavko we're making good progress," Knicks general manager Scott Layden said Wednesday.

Marc Cornstein, Vranes' agent, confirmed that a buyout was close to being finalized.

Vranes had four points, three fouls and two turnovers in six minutes against the Mavericks and did not play after the first half. He had only one point and one rebound, and committed four fouls in New York's first four games, repeatedly angering the referees by complaining about foul calls.


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