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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, June 30, 2003

English pins hope on three NBA teams

By Dayton Morinaga
Advertiser Staff Writer

It may take a while — maybe even the whole summer or beyond — before Carl English can work out a free-agent deal with an NBA team.

Toronto does not appear interested in Carl English, a former University of Hawai'i star.

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But for now, English has narrowed the potential candidates to three teams: Indiana, Minnesota and Orlando.

Harold Cipin, English's Toronto-based agent, is negotiating with those three teams to get the former University of Hawai'i star on a summer league team.

"Those are the three we have had serious talks with," Cipin said. "We hope to have a better idea by the end of this week."

English, a 6-foot-5 guard, was not selected Thursday in the two rounds of the NBA Draft. He is considered a free agent, and can negotiate with any NBA team.

NBA teams can invite free agents to a summer league without signing that player to a contract. In essence, the summer league would be a tryout.

Prior to the draft, English attended private workouts at Indiana, Minnesota and Orlando, so the personnel from those teams are familiar with his abilities.

Even if English plays with a specific team in the summer leagues, he is still free to sign with any NBA team before training camps start in October.

Toronto does not appear interested in English. Raptors general manager Glen Grunwald told the Toronto Star that he did not plan on inviting English for a summer league tryout.

English, who is from Patrick's Cove, Newfoundland, Canada, attended a private workout with the Raptors before the draft, and also trained with Toronto assistant coach Jay Triano.

"The only comment I can make about Toronto is that they have not contacted us since (before the draft)," Cipin said.