Sixers Continuing To Pursue A Trade A Source Said They Would Still Swap Larry Hughes For Tracy Mcgrady. But Toronto Is Still Balking.

Posted: January 14, 2000

The 76ers may not have traded Larry Hughes yet, but it certainly appears as if they're still trying to.

An NBA source confirmed last night that the Sixers placed another call yesterday to the Toronto Raptors to see if they were willing to part with swingman Tracy McGrady and a No. 1 pick for Hughes.

Again, the Raptors said no.

Despite wanting Hughes, the Raptors reportedly believe that they can get more than Hughes for McGrady if they bide their time.

McGrady, 20 and scheduled to become a free agent this summer, no longer desires to stay with the Raptors. But he is aware that they are in the best position to give him the money he covets.

The Raptors believe that they would be better off waiting until just before next month's trading deadline or waiting to see whatever sign-and-trade options involving McGrady become available this summer. They want a point guard but, like Sixers coach Larry Brown, question whether Hughes, a shooting guard, is ready for that task.

"Who knows?" the source said. "The deal could happen next month. But right now, all I know is they've said no to the Sixers. And they'll probably keep doing so until they have nowhere else to go."

To play or not. The fact that the Charlotte-Chicago game was the only one on Wednesday's NBA schedule that was postponed after the Hornets' Bobby Phills died in an auto accident bothered some players.

Allan Houston, Chris Childs and Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks were outspoken about not wanting to play. Sixers guard Eric Snow said he would not have minded if the league had postponed all the games on Wednesday's schedule.

But Brown and Sixers center Theo Ratliff said they understood both sides of the issue, not just the emotional side.

"This still is a business," Ratliff said. "A lot of things are involved with the process. Whether we want to admit it or not, that's just the way it is. But I'm sure everybody's heart is with [Phills'] family."

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