Preseason Jottings

1983-84 Boston Celtics

There was no news yesterday on the Parish front. Celtic assistant GM Jan Volk did not talk to Parish or his agent, Wayne Traynham. GM Red Auerbach has been in Washington for several days and plans to return to his Boston Garden office today. Auerbach was asked if he'd started searching for another center and replied, "I don't worry about it yet. When I'm sure nothing can be done, I'll start looking. Right now, I'm just watching the World Series."

The Lakers are taking some heat locally for Monday's trade which sent guards Norm Nixon and Eddie Jordan, plus one or two draft selections (depending on how much Swen Nater plays) to San Diego in exchange for backup center Nater and rookie guard Byron Scott. Nater has played 28 games in two years since breaking his right kneecap. The Lakers expect him to backup Abdul-Jabbar, who signed a two-year, $1.5 million per year contract Monday (Abdul-Jabbar isn't playing yet due to a case of viral hepititas). Scott was the first guard selected in last year's draft (fourth overall). The Clippers hadn't signed him, but the Lakers have agreed to give him a four-year deal worth $1.75 million. He averaged 21.6 points per game last year at Arizona State.

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