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IT’S ALL BUT ANNOUNCED: SIR CHARLES IS A ROCKET

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The Houston Rockets are bidding to regain the NBA championship by trading for Charles Barkley, giving them another legitimate superstar to go with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler.

The Rockets, who actively pursued Barkley during the three months since their season ended short of a third straight NBA championship, were expected to announce a blockbuster trade today in which they would get Barkley in exchange for four players.The Rockets have apparently agreed to send to Phoenix four players who produced 36 percent of their offense in the past season.

Published and broadcast reports indicate that the Rockets will trade guard Sam Cassell and forwards Chucky Brown, Mark Bryant and Robert Horry, four of their top seven players from last season, to the Suns.

Their combined salaries were within 15 percent of Barkley's $4.6 million this season, meaning the trade works under NBA salary-cap rules.

NBA sources told The Houston Chronicle that the trade, subject to league approval and the players passing their physicals, came together quickly in the past few days.

The sources said the trade was finalized when the Rockets agreed to add Bryant to the group of players to be traded.

Neither coach Rudy Tomjanovich nor anyone else from the Rockets would speak about the trade until it is formally announced today.

"I`m very excited," Barkley told Phoenix television station KSAZ earlier Sunday. "Obviously it's something I wanted to do. Houston was my first priority."