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PISTONS-SUNS TRADE: The Detroit Pistons acquired forward Clifford Robinson from the Phoenix Suns on Friday for Jud Buechler and John Wallace.

The teams agreed to the trade in principle, but the deal cannot be consummated until July 18 due to salary-cap restrictions.

"We are excited to bring Cliff Robinson to the Pistons," team president Joe Dumars said in a statement. "He's a talented veteran player that brings playoff experience and toughness to our roster."

Robinson averaged 16.4 points last season.

The Suns made the deal a day after saying they are trading point guard Jason Kidd to the New Jersey Nets for Stephon Marbury.

"This is a step in a different direction," said Bryan Colangelo, the Suns' president and general manager.

He said the salary cap figured into the Suns' thinking.

Swingman Buechler and forward Wallace, both reserves, joined the Pistons two years ago. Buechler signed as a free agent, and Wallace, a 1996 Syracuse graduate, was involved in a trade with Dallas for Christian Laettner.

Buechler averaged 3.9 points while shooting 41.6 percent from 3-point range last season. Wallace averaged 5.9 points and 2.1 rebounds.

NAJERA TO STAY IN DALLAS: The Dallas Mavericks exercised a one-year option Friday on reserve forward Eduardo Najera.

The 6-foot-8 Najera, a 2000 second-round draft choice from Oklahoma, played in 40 games, starting four. He averaged 3.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.8 minutes during the regular season. His playoff averages were 3.0 points and 2.1 rebounds.

SPURS WAIVE WALKER: The San Antonio Spurs waived fifth-year pro Samaki Walker on Friday.

Walker, a 6-foot-9 forward, spent two seasons with the Spurs after signing as a free agent in August 1999, and averaged 5.3 points in 61 games this season.

He began his career with the Dallas Mavericks.

BUCKS KEEP WILLIAMS: The Milwaukee Bucks exercised their option on forward Scott Williams with a one-year option Friday worth $4.65 million.

Williams averaged 6.1 points and 5.5. rebounds in 66 games last season, his second with Milwaukee.

Although he played an integral role in the Bucks' first trip to the conference finals since 1986, Williams was more notable in his absence.

He was suspended for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals after a flagrant foul on MVP Allen Iverson. Without the 11-year-veteran, Milwaukee fell 108-91 to the Philadelphia 76ers and was eliminated from the playoffs.

Williams also played with Philadelphia and won three championships with the Chicago Bulls in the early 1990s.

CLIPPERS EXTEND GENTRY'S DEAL: Clippers coach Alvin Gentry's contract was extended for two years after Los Angeles went 31-51 in his first season with the team.

The Clippers picked up the option for the final two years of Gentry's four-year deal. Their 31 wins more than doubled their total from the previous season.

"It's done and I think it's great," Gentry said. "I love the fact that they feel committed to not only the players but to the coaches as well."

SURGERY FOR MAD DOG: Mark Madsen of the Los Angeles Lakers will have surgery next week on a torn ligament in his left wrist.

Madsen is expected to be out 4-to-6 months, Lakers spokesman John Black said Friday.

Madsen's injury was announced one day after the Lakers said guard Derek Fisher would miss 4-to-6 months because of a stress fracture in his right foot.

Fisher also may have surgery next week.

His injury is the reason L.A. traded backup center Greg Foster to Milwaukee for Lindsey Hunter for the same injury that caused him to miss the first 62 games of the season before returning to help the Lakers win a second straight NBA championship.