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MAGIC PERSUADES DALY TO TAKE COACHING JOB FOR THREE YEARS, $15 MILLION

Spurned in an earlier attempt to hire Chuck Daly as head coach, the Orlando Magic finally persuaded him to take the job after talks were renewed over the weekend, NBA sources confirmed Sunday.

Daly, 66, is prepared to sign a three-year deal worth about $15 million. His hiring could be announced as early as today, unidentified sources told the Orlando Sentinel.

Magic general manager John Gabriel would not confirm Daly's pending hiring. Reached at his office Sunday, Gabriel said: "We have had discussions, but no details have been finalized."

Richie Adubato was told on Sunday that he would not keep the head coaching job.

"I don't know what I'm going to do. This is a job I wanted," said Adubato, the assistant coach who became head coach when Brian Hill was fired Feb. 18. "I haven't pursued anything, but I probably lost one opportunity. It's the toughest thing I've ever had to deal with."

Daly, winner of two NBA titles with the Detroit Pistons, had rejected an informal offer from Gabriel on May 19. Later that same day, the Atlanta Hawks refused to allow the Magic to speak with Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens about a possible candidacy.

Danilovic leaves Mavs

DALLAS -- Sasha Danilovic, one of three players Dallas received from the Miami Heat in the trade for Jamal Mashburn, has left the Mavericks to play in Italy. No terms were announced.

Danilovic, who came to Dallas with Martin Muursepp and Kurt Thomas in the February deal, gave up the remaining two years and $5.1 million on a three-year deal to join Buckler Bologna.

The guard's departure allows the Mavericks $680,000 in salary-cap space. The Dallas Morning News reported in early Monday editions that the Mavericks hope to use that to re-sign guard Erick Strickland, who becomes a free agent July 1.

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