Detroit Pistons president Joe Dumars confirmed yesterday that the Pistons are looking at acquiring Chicago's Frank Williams to be the third point guard, behind starter Chauncey...

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Detroit Pistons president Joe Dumars confirmed yesterday that the Pistons are looking at acquiring Chicago’s Frank Williams to be the third point guard, behind starter Chauncey Billups and backup Lindsey Hunter.


In return, Detroit would send backup guards Smush Parker and Horace Jenkins to the Bulls. The Bulls would be able to waive Parker because his contract is not guaranteed. Jenkins’ contract is guaranteed. Nothing can be done before Wednesday because free-agent signees can’t be traded until Dec. 15.


Dumars said the trade wasn’t done yet, and it is possible the Bulls will pull out.


Hornets return to Charlotte


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hornets guard David Wesley never really wanted to leave Charlotte, the city he considers home. But when his employer packed up and moved to New Orleans, Wesley had to move as well.


Now the Hornets are back in Charlotte, preparing to face the expansion team that replaced them. Wesley and his New Orleans teammates aren’t sure how they’ll be greeted when they take the court tonight against the Bobcats.


“I don’t think people are angry at the players, they are angry at the situation and how it all went down and how they lost their team,” Wesley said. “But I expect a warm reception, at least initially, and then they’ll be rooting for the Bobcats.”


It’s too hard to predict how Charlotte’s NBA fans will greet the Hornets, the team they loved so dearly for over a decade before turning their backs on them out of anger toward owner George Shinn.


When the fan support was gone, and city officials refused to build Shinn a new arena, he moved the team to New Orleans following the 2001-02 season.


The NBA quickly awarded Charlotte a new team, which has not been embraced the same way the Hornets were when they set an NBA record with 364 straight sellouts from 1989-97.




Notes


• Portland coach Maurice Cheeks was fined $7,500 by the NBA for failing to leave the court in a timely manner after a loss to the Utah Jazz last week.


Michael Curry, president of the National Basketball Association players’ union, signed a contract with the Indiana Pacers. Curry, 36, has averaged 4.6 points in his 12-year career.


• The Cleveland Cavaliers activated guard Dajuan Wagner before last night’s game in Memphis and put rookie swingman Luke Jackson on the injured list. Wagner missed the past five games with an inflamed right arch.


• Dallas guard Jerry Stackhouse missed the game against the Chicago Bulls with a sore right hand.