- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 28, 2009

From combined dispatches

The Minnesota Timberwolves picked up point guard Chucky Atkins from Oklahoma City in exchange for veteran center Etan Thomas and four second-round draft picks next year.

Minnesota also got Oklahoma City guard Damien Wilkins in the deal. Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said the swap gives the team flexibility when it comes to the roster.

Just before the NBA Draft in June, the Wizards traded Thomas to the Timberwolves along with Darius Songaila, Oleksiy Pecherov and the fifth-overall selection for Mike Miller and Randy Foye.

BOBCATS: Persons familiar with the deal say Charlotte is finalizing a trade that would send Emeka Okafor to the New Orleans Hornets for Tyson Chandler.

The swap of centers could be completed later Monday, two people told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

HEAT: Miami guard Dwyane Wade is embroiled in a multimillion-dollar legal mess with former business partners that could prove costly for the NBA star.

A deal to open a restaurant chain - D. Wade’s Place - which Wade and a friend, Marcus Andrews, hoped would go nationwide barely got off the ground. And now those former business associates claim Wade walked away from a binding contract.

Wade has also filed a $100 million libel lawsuit against former partner Richard von Houtman over e-mails his former partner sent to Heat president Pat Riley.

MAVERICKS: A source close to the negotiations tells the Associated Press that Dallas has reached an agreement with free agent big man Drew Gooden.

SPURS: Guard Tony Parker has a sprained ankle and injured thigh after colliding with an Austrian player during a recent basketball game.

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