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Nuggets hire assistant Grgurich

10/4/2005 - NBA

Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets on Tuesday hired Tim Grgurich
as an assistant coach, signaling an end to Grgurich's legal battle
with his former team, the Trail Blazers.

Grgurich had sought a temporary restraining order against the
Blazers, asking that he be allowed to pursue a new job. A hearing
had been scheduled for Oct. 12, but his lawyer, John Kaempf, said
the litigation would be dropped as soon as the NBA approved his
move to Denver.

"Tim is pleased with how everything is resolved and he's
looking forward to a new chapter with the Nuggets," Kaempf said.

The Trail Blazers had earlier granted the Nuggets permission to
talk to Grgurich, who was hired as an assistant in July 2004 under
former coach Maurice Cheeks. He signed a two-year contract, with a
base salary of $550,000, that expires in July 2006.

Grgurich was an assistant under Nuggets head coach George Karl in Milwaukee and Seattle,
where the Sonics won four division titles and a trip to the 1996
NBA Finals.

Grgurich was in Portland in 1998-'01 and again last season. He
was an assistant in Phoenix in 2002-04, Milwaukee in 2001-02 and
Seattle in 1991-98.

Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe issued a statement
thanking Portland "for working with us to make this possible so
quickly."

Minnesota Timberwolves: Fred Hoiberg can't play this season for the Timberwolves while he recovers from heart surgery, but
the veteran guard plans to spend plenty of time with the team.

The specifics of his assignment have not yet been finalized, but
Hoiberg -- who had the operation in June to correct an enlarged
aortic root in his heart -- will be working with the players,
helping some of them with their shot, traveling with the team,
offering advice and whatever else might benefit coach Dwane Casey
and his staff.

"If guys are struggling with their role, I might be a guy that
they can come talk to about that," Hoiberg said. "I'm just going
to try to do anything I can."

Hoiberg's contract was placed under the NBA's new one-time
amnesty provision, meaning he'll receive his $1.76 million salary
from the Timberwolves this season -- but it won't count against the
salary cap or cost the team when the luxury tax for exceeding the
cap is calculated.

The 10-year veteran -- who led the league in 3-point accuracy
last season -- can't sign with Minnesota again until next summer,
though he would be free to join another team before then. But that
doesn't seem to be part of Hoiberg's plan.

"I see myself playing next year, and I see myself in a
Timberwolves uniform," Hoiberg said Monday, the day before
training camp began. "I want to end my career here. I want to stay
with this organization."

Portland Trail Blazers: The Trail Blazers
signed forward Sam Clancy, the CBA Player of the Year in
2004-05, to a one-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Clancy averaged 19.1 points and 10.8 rebounds with the Idaho
Stampede of the CBA last season and recently played for Forum
Filatelico Valladolid in Spain.

"Sam has demonstrated a toughness and tenacity at the college
level in the CBA, as well as in Europe," Trail Blazers general
manager John Nash said. "He will add to the intensity of our
training camp and practice sessions."

Clancy was a second-round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in
2002, but missed the entire 2002-03 season rehabbing a left knee
injury.

Clancy finished as Southern California's all-time leader in
blocked shots (195), while placing third in points (1,657) and
second in rebounds (839).

Seattle SuperSonics: Restricted free-agent forward Reggie Evans signed
a one-year contract with the SuperSonics,
rejoining the team he started 79 games for last season.

Terms of the deal were not released by the team.

"We're thrilled to have one of the top rebounders in the NBA
back," general manager Rick Sund said in a statement. "Reggie is
a tenacious rebounder and he has always found a way to have an
impact on the court. He's like a bulldog around the boards."

Evans, who wasn't at the team's media day on Monday, agreed to
the deal late Tuesday. He was expected to arrive in Seattle on
Wednesday.

Evans averaged 4.9 points and 9.7 rebounds last season, his
third with Seattle. He signed as an undrafted free agent out of
Iowa before the 2002-03 season.

Seattle waived rookie free-agent guard Omar Thomas.

Boston Celtics: The Celtics waived forward
Qyntel Woods, whom they acquired in the five-team trade in August
that sent Antoine Walker to the Heat.

Woods had spent most of his career with the
Trail Blazers, who picked him in the first round of the 2002 draft.
Portland placed him on waivers, and the Heat signed him as a free
agent in January.

In 118 career games, he has averaged 3.1 points in 8.9 minutes
per game.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.