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PISTONS DEAL ROOKIE FOR VETERAN HARPER

The Detroit Pistons traded the rights to their top draft pick, Melvin Levett, to the Los Angeles Lakers for veteran Derek Harper.

Levett, a 6-foot-3 guard who played at Cincinnati, was the 54th overall draft pick.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Joe Smith will miss up to seven weeks after surgery on his left foot, which he fractured in a pickup basketball game at UCLA last week.

Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller said free-agent guard Shandon Anderson and his agent have ended negotiations with the team, claiming Anderson doesn't like the Utah lifestyle. Miller told KUTV and KSL television stations that he wanted Anderson to return, but he will not accept what the team can offer.

" . . . basically they have told us that they are not willing to negotiate with us on any basis, at any time, please don't call us," Miller said.

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