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SONICS TRADE FOR ELLIS: The Seattle SuperSonics reacquired swingman Dale Ellis from the Denver Nuggets for guard Greg Graham and center Steve Scheffler.

The Sonics also will give Denver the least favorable of their two second-round picks in the 1998 draft and a conditional second-round pick in either 1999 or 2002.

Ellis, 37, played four seasons with the Sonics starting in 1986, before being traded in February 1991 to Milwaukee. The 6-foot-7 Ellis, the NBA's career-leading 3-point shooter, has averaged 16.6 points and 3.6 rebounds over his 14-year career.

T-WOLVES STAR IS TARDY: The Minnesota Timberwolves began life on Garnett time Thursday, and their $125 million man started off by showing up 63 minutes late.

One day after signing the richest contract in the history of professional sports, Kevin Garnett overslept and was more than an hour late for the team's annual media day at Target Center.

That immediately drew comparisons to troublesome former Wolves star Isaiah Rider, who was notorious for showing up late - or not at all - for team events.

BULLS SIGN BOOTH: The Chicago Bulls signed No. 1 draft pick Keith Booth to a three-year contract. The forward, drafted 28th overall, will make about $1.5 million under the NBA's rookie salary cap.

The 6-foot-6 Booth averaged 14.1 points during four years at Maryland, including 19.5 last season.