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Updated: September 2, 2003, 10:07 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider

Detroit Pistons: If the last thing Michael Curry could do for the Pistons was be trade bait, then so be it. "I understand," Curry said in the Detroit News. "Cliff Robinson, Jon Barry and myself sort of figured we would not be around next season. He (Joe Dumars) is going with his nucleus of younger players and the rookies. And I'm fine with that." Curry was traded during the offseason for Lindsey Hunter, leaving only Ben Wallace and Chauncey Billups as veterans on the team.

Houston Rockets: The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Rockets are on the verge of moving into their new $235 million arena called the Toyota Center with an open house slated for Sept. 13. "When we were trying to do this, it was hard to imagine the payoff at the end," Rockets president George Postolos said. "Some people couldn't see the benefits. But we're at the end of this building period. We don't have to imagine it anymore. It's here, and it's real." The new arena comes complete with the highest resolution video screen, 18,500 bigger, more comfortable seats and plenty of escalators. "You want to put your stamp on it, and I think we have," Postolos said. "You ought to know your customers better than anybody else, and that's what we want to do. You want control over things so you can make sure things are right. That's the way we wanted it, and that's the way it is. The buck stops with the Rockets."

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