Backup guard helped Nets win East twice

New Jersey Nets: Backup guard Lucious Harris, who played a big part in helping the Nets win two Eastern Division titles, was waived Wednesday.

Harris averaged 7.7 points, 1.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 456 games since being acquired in June 1997 as part of an eight-player trade with Philadelphia. His most productive season in New Jersey was 2002-03, when he averaged 10.3 points.

The 11th-year veteran finished his Nets career ranked sixth in games played and fifth in 3-pointers made with 236. Harris appeared in 54 playoff games, averaging 7.3 points and 2.5 rebounds.

Los Angeles Lakers: Former Los Angeles Lakers player and coach Kurt Rambis has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president of business and basketball integration, the team announced.

Rambis will serve as an adviser to team owner Jerry Buss and consult with both the Lakers and the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks on business development matters.

Rambis has been an assistant coach with the Lakers the past three seasons. He was previously an adviser and assistant general manager, as well as the team's interim coach for part of the
1998-99 season. He played on the Lakers' NBA championship teams of 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Brendan Malone, an NBA coaching veteran, has been hired as an assistant.

Malone replaces Mark Osowski, who died last month at the age of 41 from complications related to pancreatic surgery.

The 62-year-old Malone, an 18-year veterans, brings a wealth of basketball knowledge
to Paul Silas' staff in Cleveland. He is the second new addition this offseason, joining Kenny Natt, who came to the Cavaliers after spending nine seasons with Utah.

Malone was the first coach of the expansion Toronto Raptors from 1995 to 1996. He has also worked as an assistant with the Knicks, Pistons and Pacers. Malone won two NBA titles in Detroit.

Malone was fired in New York last season when general manager Isiah Thomas came in and cleaned house.