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July 17, 2006
July 17, 2006

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July 17, 2006

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Insider Trading

It's summer, but indoor sports haven't stopped. A guide to the busy NBA and NHL off-season moves

Edited by Stephen Cannella

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The offensively challenged Hornets signed an elite shooter in PejaStojakovic (right), added bench strength with guard Bobby Jackson and tradedfor a young center in Tyson Chandler. In New Orleans or Oklahoma City, theHornets will be contenders.MOST IMPROVED TEAMBy trading with Florida for perennial Vezina Trophy candidate RobertoLuongo (above)--and signing him to a long-term deal--the Canucks are set ingoal for the foreseeable future. A bonus: They rid themselves of winger ToddBertuzzi, a perennial headache, in the deal.
The NBA's stingiest shooting defense got stingier when the Bulls landed BenWallace (left), the market's prize--and a four-time Defensive Player of theYear.BIGGEST FREE-AGENT CATCHLiterally--at 6'9" Zdeno Chara (right) is the NHL's tallest player. Hewas also the most coveted free-agent defenseman and a huge upgrade on theBruins' blue line.
How did the Pistons replace Wallace? With Nazr Mohammed, a center who hasbeen a backup most of his career and was benched for five of the Spurs' playoffgames last seasonWORST FREE-AGENT SIGNINGThe Coyotes lavished $2.4 million on goon Georges Laraque--not a wise movein an era in which fighting is on the decline. Get used to him, Phoenix He gota no-trade clause.
Make that nonmove: After weeks of trade rumors--he has been shopped hard byG.M. Billy King--Allen Iverson (above) is still a 76erMOST SURPRISING MOVENever mind that Chris Pronger helped the Oilers get within a game of theStanley Cup; his wife wanted out of Edmonton, so the team traded the defenseman(left) to the Ducks.
Veteran guard Sam Cassell (below), who has played with seven teams, putdown roots in Los Angeles by re-signing for two years with the Clippers.WEARIEST TRAVELERSAfter a career year (he scored 32 goals) itinerant winger Mike Sillingersigned a three-year deal with the Islanders--his 12th team, most among activeplayers.



SEVEN PHOTOSJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (CASSELL); DARREN CARROLL (PRONGER); AL TIELEMANS (IVERSON); CLAY PATRICK MCBRIDE (WALLACE); JOHN SOKOLOWSKI/US PRESSWIRE (CHARA); RAY STUBBLEBINE/REUTERS (STOJAKOVIC); ANDY CLARK/REUTERS (LUONGO)