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Matt Fish is an NBA vagabond. The 28-year-old signed with his 10th team earlier this week when he inked a deal with Minnesota . . . Bulls forward Scottie Pippen has resumed workouts after foot surgery. He is expected to rejoin the Bulls around Jan. 1 . . . Orlando will trade Brian Shaw to Golden State for Mark Price, but only if the Warriors' veteran agrees to waive the final year of his guaranteed contract . . . Rick Pitino is turning Boston blue - Wildcat blue. He will open the season with Walter McCarty, Ron Mercer and Antoine Walker from his 1996 NCAA championship team at Kentucky wearing Celtic green . . . Most of the 3,802 fans watching a preseason game in Spokane began chanting "We want our money back" and "Warriors, come out and plaaayyy" while Portland built a 61-32 halftime lead over Golden State . . . Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor may join a group of investors in purchasing baseball's Minnesota Twins . . . Lakers guard Nick Van Exel, who is slowed by an ailing knee, asked reporters to quit referring to him as "Nick the Quick" . . . Milwaukee center Ervin Johnson will have his jersey No. 40 retired by the University of New Orleans on Dec. 29 . . . Shaquille O'Neal insists he will continue to cover the Nike logo on his uniform and warm-ups with tape. Shaq is under contract with Reebok, while Nike is the supplier of NBA uniforms . . . Scratch "spoiled" from Kevin Garnett's rich kid label. The highly paid Timberwolf signed autographs for kids before and at halftime of preseason games in Roanoke, Va., and Des Moines, Iowa, while he was sidelined with a bruised leg . . . Wednesday, Oct. 29, has been designated as national "NBA Team Up Day" with all teams participating in local service projects. The Utah Jazz will help the Salt Lake overflow family homeless shelter . . . Former Ute and Jazz player Tom Chambers, 37, is battling newcomer Horacio Llamas for the 12th and final spot on the Suns roster . . . The latest Mitch Richmond rumor involves New York. The Knicks may be willing to part with Allan Houston or John Starks and Charlie Ward or Chris Childs . . . Miami coach Pat Riley returned to his high school in Schenectady, N.Y., for the dedication of the Pat Riley Sports Center last week . . . Despite the acquisitions of Antonio McDyess and Clifford Robinson, Phoenix coach Danny Ainge plans to continue using his "small ball" line-up featuring guards Jason Kidd, Kevin Johnson and Rex Chapman as often as possible. Second-year guard Steve Nash is also expected to work into the rotation . . . Boston is rumored to be shopping No. 3 draft pick Chauncey Billups . . . The NBA regular season opens Friday.