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TARPLEY, TIRED OF RUMORS, EXPECTS DALLAS WILL TRADE HIM AFTER SEASON

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Forward Roy Tarpley says he is tired of being projected as the Dallas Mavericks' "bad boy" and says he expects to be with another National Basketball Association team after this season.

Saying he is tired of the "bad boy" image, Tarpley said Wednesday he expects the team to trade him this summer and, if not, he might request a trade.Tarpley spoke about the situation at practice, one day before the team opens its NBA playoff series in Portland.

"I have had to deal with the (trade) rumors for the last couple of months, but I've tried to put that kind of stuff in the back of my mind and do whatever it takes to make the Dallas Mavericks successful," Tarpley said. "I'm just going to wait and see what happens, because I don't want to add to any more distractions for the team at this point. I think I've done enough of that already. I'm just a little tired of some things, that's all."

Mavericks vice president and director of player personnel told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the team would not comment on trade speculation.

Tarpley twice has been suspended by NBA drug counselors for violation of the league's anti-drug policy. A third strike would carry a lifetime ban from the league.

Tarpley also has been suspended by the team this season for two games for missing a team practice.

"I feel like the front office is tired and has had enough of all of my mess," Tarpley said. "Usually when you hear about what kind of a disappointment and letdown you've caused, your time is running out. You just know that something is up and something is going to happen."

"But they keep saying that nobody wants me, and I can't believe that's true," Tarpley added. "I know this much: If (the Mavericks) do trade me, it's going to come back to haunt them.

"I know that I've brought a lot of the problems that I have on myself," he said. "But I think a lot of things have gotten blown out of proportion by the press. Everybody else always has the answers about me and what I should do."

Tarpley said he would like to be traded to a team that will contend for the league championship.

Tarpley, who has been bothered by a groin pull for the past two months, has missed a couple of days of practice this week for treatment. But he says he is fit and ready to play after working out Wednesday.