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Rumors run rampant as NBA deadline for deals nears

The NBA went into its final hours before the 4 p.m. MST trade deadline today with several deals still being discussed, including one involving Brent Barry of the Los Angeles Clippers and Isaac Austin of Miami.

Several sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was a 50-50 chance Barry would be dealt to Miami for Austin and Keith Askins.A trade of Barry to Vancouver also was possible, although the Grizzlies made two other deals - Otis Thorpe and Chris Robinson to Sacramento for Bobby Hurley and Michael Smith; and Anthony Peeler to Minnesota for Doug West.

Rony Seikaly, traded from Orlando to Utah on Monday, had his trade nullified when he failed to report to the Jazz. His agent was trying to get Utah to guarantee the final two years of his contract.

Kenny Anderson was dealt from Toronto to Boston in a seven-player deal.

One rumored deal that apparently fell through had the Toronto Raptors sending Dee Brown, one of those involved in the Anderson deal, to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Chris Carr and Micheal Williams.

Brown was sent to the Raptors in the seven-player trade. The Raptors also sent center Zan Tabak and forward Popeye Jones to Boston for guards Chauncey Billups and forwards John Thomas and Roy Rogers.

Anderson was traded for the second time in a week. Last Friday, he was sent from Portland to Toronto in the six-player Damon Stoudamire deal, but Anderson never reported to the Raptors.

Many of the deals that have been rumored for the longest amount of time - Stoudamire, Joe Smith, Anderson, Billups, Seikaly - were completed in the days leading up to Thursday's deadline.

An upcoming trade of Barry appeared to be the last certainty, with the Grizzlies, discussing an offer of Antonio Daniels, and the New York Knicks, offering Chris Childs, among the bidders.

Barry has informed the Clippers that he has no intention of re-signing with them when he becomes a free agent next summer.

A trade of Austin was being considered by Miami because the Heat fear losing him as a free agent after this season. Because of salary cap rules, the Heat can offer him no more than the average NBA salary - about $2.8 million. Austin will be commanding about twice that amount when he becomes a free agent.

Many people around the league are speculating that Austin will sign with Utah over the summer. But in order to have enough cap room, the Jazz would have had to waive Seikaly, who has two non-guaranteed years remaining on his contract. Aware of that possibility, Seikaly refused to report to the Jazz.

In a trade late Wednesday night, Dennis Scott's disappointing stint in Dallas ended when the Mavericks traded him to the Phoenix Suns for Cedric Ceballos.

Other names being bandied about included Will Perdue of San Antonio, Christian Laettner of Atlanta, Kendall Gill and Chris Gatling of New Jersey, Clarence Weatherspoon of Golden State and Lindsey Hunter of Detroit.

Toronto general manager Glen Grunwald said he won't trade Doug Christie, who was slated to take over as the Raptors' captain until going public Wednesday with a trade demand.