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Wells spurns big deals to join Rockets; Padgett signs

Updated: October 2, 2006, 7:02 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Bonzi Wells could've taken a richer, long-term contract to play in another city.

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The free agent chose the Houston Rockets, sacrificing dollars for what he believes is a chance to play on a championship-caliber team.

"You look at their talent level, they should've been better last year," Wells said Monday after passing a physical. "Hopefully, I can be a part of them making that next step -- not only making the playoffs, but making a serious run. They ...

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