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Roberts fails to land a roster spot

TORONTO -- Stanley Roberts failed to land a roster spot with
the Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors declined to sign Roberts to a 10-day contract after
working him out this week, with general manager Glen Grunwald
saying Tuesday the center "needs to get into better shape."

Roberts hasn't played in the NBA since 1999 when the league
suspended him, citing use of an amphetamine-based drug. Roberts
denied using the drug.

The NBA reinstated the 7-foot, 300-pound Roberts last January
but no team signed him and he hooked up with the Harlem
Globetrotters.

Roberts, 33, signed a non-guaranteed contract with Toronto last
September, but was waived a month later.

He worked out for the Raptors again Monday, but has since
returned to his Houston home.

"Stan has a ways to go. He has a ways to go in a lot of
areas," Toronto coach Kevin O'Neill said.

Grunwald didn't rule out another tryout in the future.

"He needs to lose a little bit more weight and then we'll get
him here again," Grunwald said.

Roberts, who played with Shaquille O'Neal at LSU, was drafted by
the Orlando Magic 23rd overall in 1991. He averaged 8.5 points, 5.2
rebounds and 19.6 minutes with Orlando, the Los Angeles Clippers,
Minnesota, Houston and Philadelphia.