Celtics deal Shaw to Heat for Douglas

January 11, 1992

The Boston Celtics traded guard Brian Shaw to the Miami Heat for guard Sherman Douglas late last night.

Douglas is in his third year in the NBA and recently signed a multiyear contract to end a holdout with the Heat.

The Los Angeles Lakers made an offer to Douglas, but the Heat matched it.

Before rejoining the Heat, Douglas had said he did not want to play in Miami anymore. Later, he feuded with center Rony Seikaly, a teammate both with Syracuse University and the Heat.

The emergence of rookie point guard Steve Smith made Douglas expendable, though Smith is sidelined for at least three weeks with a knee injury.

Celtics executive vice president Dave Gavitt said: "We felt that Sherman could bring a feistiness to this team right now. A spirit to this team. He's a guy who can put the ball on the floor and take it just about anywhere he wants. He is a real gutsy, big-hearted type of player who down the stretch in games is going to stand up and be counted."

Shaw rejoined the Celtics last season after spending the 1989-90 season playing in Italy. Unlike Douglas, he can play both guard positions.

The Celtics also signed forward Tony Massenburg, a Maryland alumnus, to a 10-day contract, a move to shore up a front line that has been hurt by injuries to Larry Bird and Kevin McHale.

Massenburg was waived by the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday.

* Ralph Sampson, the first pick in the 1983 NBA draft and waived this week by the Bullets, practiced with his new team in Malaga, Spain.

Sampson is expected to make his European debut today for the first division team Unicaja de Ronda.

"I have some new rules to learn, but I'm ready," Sampson said. "I have a lot of self-pride, and I still want to accomplish something I started a long time ago."

* CLIPPERS: Starting center Olden Polynice was taken to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia after last night's game with severe stomach pains.

Polynice doubled over with 26.6 seconds left in the game and needed the assistance of trainer Keith Jones and strength coach Carl Horne to reach the locker room.

The Clippers immediately left for Landover after the game. They play the Bullets tonight.

* President Bush will meet with Magic Johnson on Tuesday to discuss the former superstar's role in educating the public about AIDS, the White House said.

Bush appointed Johnson to the National Commission on AIDS after Johnson announced early this season that he had contracted the virus that causes AIDS and planned to become a spokesman about the epidemic.

The former Laker is taking the medication AZT to delay the onset of AIDS.

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