Scheffler isn't going to make anyone forget Kevin McHale, but he could earn a roster spot, especially with the uncertainty at power forward. He spent last year riding the pine in Charlotte, playing a total of 227 minutes over 39 games.
As a senior at Purdue, Scheffler copped Big Ten Player of the Year honors, beating out the likes of Kendall Gill. He established a Big Ten record for field goal percentage (68.5) and was a third-team All-American.
The Hornets picked Scheffler in the second round of the 1990 draft, 39th overall. They released him in June.
Smith delay sought
Charles Smith was scheduled to go on trial Monday on charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident in connection with the deaths of two Boston University students last March. However, the state plans to ask for a continuance because the passenger in the van Smith was driving, Ben Gillery, is in South America and unavailable until February at the earliest . . . There was nothing new on the Vinnie Johnson Watch, but things could start sorting themselves out soon. Everyone expects Johnson to sign with Boston. The Lakers acquired Sedale Threatt from Seattle, which seemingly cuts them out of the VJ picture. The Knicks, meanwhile, shipped Mo Cheeks to Atlanta for Tim McCormick . . . Larry Bird was asked about Bill Laimbeer's petition drive for spurned Olympic hopefuls. "I have no problem with that," Bird responded. "That's Bill. Maybe we should play one-on-one to see who goes." Bird said he talked to several ("more than three") people about joining the Olympic team to satisfy himself it wasn't simply a Lifetime Achievement Award . . . The Celtics may be trying to buy out Michael Smith's contract. Smith is due $ 1.275 million, all guaranteed, over the next two years . . . Apologies to Kennard Winchester, whose first name has been misspelled almost everywhere the last few days.