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Penny & Shaq Reunited In L.A.?

Penny Hardaway met with Los Angeles Lakers executive Jerry West recently, fueling speculation the unrestricted free-agent guard might be reunited with former teammate Shaquille O'Neal.

The Los Angeles Times and Orlando Sentinel reported the Lakers have considered adding Hardaway, possibly in a sign-and-trade deal with the Orlando Magic.

Lakers spokesman John Black confirmed Wednesday that West met with Hardaway last week, but he wouldn't comment on what was discussed or what the meeting was about.

As far as a potential deal is concerned, Black said, "We won't comment on any potential trades or free-agent signings as per club policy."

Hardaway, who turned 28 sunday, and the 27-year-old O'Neal combined to lead Orlando to the 1995 NBA Finals against Houston, which swept the Magic in four games. O'Neal signed a free-agent deal with the Lakers in July 1996.

The Lakers are over the salary cap, meaning the only way they could pay Hardaway anything close to market value would be to work out a sign-and-trade deal with the Magic.

One name mentioned as a possibility in that scenario is Glen Rice. The Lakers recently picked up their $7 million option on Rice for next season.

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