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Kendall Gill traded to Seattle

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets today traded disgruntled guard Kendall Gill to Seattle for guard Dana Barros, swingman Eddie Johnson and a 1994 first-round draft pick.

Gill, who had asked to be traded, signed a multi-year contract with the Hornets last Saturday.

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He averaged 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 69 games for Charlotte last season. He averaged a career-high 20.5 points per game in 1991-92.

Gill, 25, was the fifth overall choice in the 1991 draft out of Illinois and is third on the franchise scoring list with 3,695 points.

'This trade is in the best interest of the club,' said Hornets' President Spencer Stolpen. 'Kendall Gill has indicated that he does not want to be here, and, with our team chemistry and the positive direction in which the team is heading, we do not want to jeopardize our franchise because of a player that does not want to be in Charlotte.'

Johnson, 34, spent the past 2 1-2 seasons with the SuperSonics. The 12-year NBA veteran finished third on the Sonics in scoring last season, averaging 14.4 points. He was also the league's third-best free-throw shooter, connecting on 91 percent of his attempts. He garnered the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1989-90 with Phoenix.

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Barros, 26, averaged 7.8 points and 2.2 assists in 69 games off the bench for Seattle in 1992-93. He connected on 38 percent of his 3-point attempts last year after entering the season ranked third on the all- time 3-point accuracy list.

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