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IT'S T FOR TY AS JAZZ DEAL THURL TO MINNESOTA

For the second time in a month, the Jazz parted ways with a player tied to the franchise's early years in Utah, trading Thurl Bailey to Minnesota on Monday afternoon.

Bailey, in his ninth season with the Jazz, was traded for six-year veteran Tyrone Corbin and the Jazz's No. 2 draft choice in 1992. At the end of October the Jazz waived 11-year veteran Darrell Griffith, who has yet to be picked up by another team.Though Bailey's name has been mentioned in trade news for years, his departure caught teammates by surprise. Reached minutes after the deal was announced on Monday, guard John Stockton replied, "I haven't heard who the deal is for, but I just hope it's a darn good one." Asked if he wanted to know the details, Stockton declined.

Bailey, 30, has three years, including this one, remaining on his $1 million-per-year deal. Corbin has three years left on a contract that paid him $830,000 last year and went up to about $1 million this year.

Bailey has played in 360 consecutive games, the fifth-longest current streak in the NBA. He has also played in 665 Jazz games, third on the Jazz all-time list. He needs 286 points to reach 10,000 for his career.

Along with putting up steady numbers over the years - a 14.7-point and 5.7-rebound average through eight seasons - Bailey was also immensely popular in the community. Jazz publicists said Bailey was always willing to make voluntary public appearances. He lived in Utah during the off-season and received numerous community service awards, including the J. Walter Kennedy Award in 1989.

He was named to the NBA's All-Rookie Team in 1984 and finished second twice in the league's Sixth Man balloting. Bailey has missed only four games in his career.

However, Bailey's statistics dropped the last two seasons and he was shooting just 39 percent this year. His best game was a 21-point night at Orlando last week. He had 21 rebounds combined in his last two games.

"I'm sad and he's a good friend, and in my eyes a great player for the team for a lot of years," said guard Delaney Rudd. "But I'd much rather hear he got traded than he got cut. So maybe it's a good opportunity for him from the standpoint that he'll get a fresh start someplace else."

Rudd continued, "Thurl's been great for the community. I think about guys who do a lot of public service work and Thurl's name was first on the list all the time. He's meant a lot to the community, he's a super person and I'm going to miss him a lot."

Minnesota Coach Jimmy Rodgers said, "We feel the addition of Bailey will help us gain size at the forward position. In any trade you have to give up something to get something."

Jazz Director of Player Personnel Scott Layden called trading Bailey, "a tough deal for us, because Thurl has meant so much to the franchise and he has been with us so long.

"But we're always trying to improve the team. We'll just have to wait and see what happens."

Corbin, a 6-foot-6, 222-pound small forward, should give the Jazz needed help in guarding smaller, quicker lineups. He was leading the Timberwolves in scoring (14.4) and was third in rebounding (6.3). Bailey was drafted 35th overall in 1985 from DePaul and played with four other teams in the six-plus years he's been in the NBA. He played for San Antonio in 1985, but that was followed by stops at Cleveland, Phoenix and Minnesota. His career average is 10.9 points and 5.5 rebounds a game. His best statistical year was last season, when he averaged 18 points a game for Minnesota.

Corbin, who turns 29 next month, was reportedly unhappy in Minnesota this season. He held out one day of training camp and complained at being removed from the starting lineup three games ago.

"It's pretty tough (being traded) because I'm getting old. I have a family now because the kids are in school. It's tougher for me to make moves now; it's not just me any more," said Corbin. "That's what so puzzling. All the talk here about getting youth and building for the future. Thurl's a guy older than I am."

He added, however, "It's going to be good to have the chance to be in the playoffs every year. There are a lot of pluses."

Corbin is a small forward. "I think he's a hard worker and a pretty good all-around player," said Layden.

Corbin is expected to be in uniform for the Jazz's Wednesday game against Charlotte in the Delta Center.

Bailey's Best

March 14, 1988 - 41 vs. Denver

May 4, 1988 - 39 vs. Portland

(playoffs)

March 24, 1988 - 38 vs. Sacramento

April 2, 1988 - 33 vs. L.A.

Dec. 15, 1988 - 33 vs. New York

Jan. 6, 1989 - 33 vs. Chicago

Feb. 1, 1988 - 32 vs. Seattle

Feb. 15, 1988 - 32 vs. Portland