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2009-08-12 13:45:31

New Orleans has traded guard Rasual Butler to the Los Angeles Clippers for a future second-round draft pick, the Hornets announced Wednesday. Today's move allows us to increase our financial flexibility while at the same time gives us an opportunity to improve at that position, Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower said. Due to the depth we have, it will allow us to open up minutes and opportunities for Julian Wright, Morris Peterson and rookie Marcus Thornton, all of whom we anticipate great...

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2009-08-12 13:43:22

Veteran center Ben Wallace has returned to the Detroit Pistons, Joe Dumas, president of basketball operations, announced Wednesday. Wallace, who played six seasons in Detroit before going to the Chicago Bulls and then to Cleveland, signed a one-year contract for $1.3 million, the Detroit News reported. We are pleased to announce Ben Wallace's return to the Pistons organization, Dumas said. Ben played an integral part in the success of the franchise from 2001 to 2006 and we feel there is a...

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2009-08-11 12:07:19

Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol is recovering from surgery to repair a finger he injured while practicing with the Spanish national team. The 7-foot power forward-center was hurt blocking a shot while preparing for the upcoming European Championship, the Spanish Basketball Federation said in a statement on FIBA.com Tuesday. It's an injury to his left hand with damage to the interphalangeal ligament, the federation said. After 20 days, he will be able to start training with the ball with...

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2009-08-06 20:07:14

Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis has drawn a 10-game suspension for a positive drug test, the NBA said. The 6-foot-10 inch Lewis said in a statement Thursday he unwittingly took an over-the-counter supplement late last season. The test revealed an elevated level of testosterone, a substance banned by the NBA. First and foremost, I take full responsibility for the situation and accept the corresponding penalty, Lewis said in a statement released by the team. I apologize to Magic fans, my...

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2009-08-03 15:46:05

Forward Shelden Williams is making the Boston Celtics his fourth NBA team in four seasons, The Boston Globe reported Monday. The newspaper said the club has reached an agreement with Williams on a one-year contract. It wasn't reported how much the Celtics are ready to pay the already-well-traveled former Duke standout. The 6-foot-9 Williams was the fifth overall pick by Atlanta in the 2006 NBA draft. He split last season between Sacramento and Minnesota, contributing an average of 4.1 points...

2009-07-27 17:22:11

The Phoenix Suns made it official Monday, saying they have signed guard Steve Nash to a two-year contract extension through the 2011-12 season. The Arizona Republic had reported last week Nash would bank about $22 million under the deal. The NBA club didn't say how much they will be paying him. Steve is still one of the best point guards in the NBA, and his dedication to conditioning will keep him among the league's elite for several more seasons, Suns General Manager Steve Kerr said. In many...

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2009-07-21 20:20:00

The Houston Rockets said center Yao Ming had successful surgery Tuesday to repair a broken bone in his left foot. He is expected to be out the entire 2009-10 season. The fracture was discovered following Houston's Game 3 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Western Conference semifinals. We were able to achieve not only fixation of the broken bone, but also realignment of the bones to improve the stress pattern on his foot, said Dr. Tom Clanton, the Rockets' team physician. The 7-foot-6...

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2009-07-21 12:00:47

Former Memphis Grizzly Antonio Burks was in critical condition Tuesday after being shot by robbers during a South Memphis craps game, police said. Burks, 29, was hit in the stomach Monday evening and taken to a hospital by a passerby. Police said another man was also shot in the stomach during the stick-up that occurred in the back yard of a home. One of the dice players was robbed of more than $3,000, authorities said. The Memphis Commercial Appeal said Burks was among the spectators at the...

2009-07-20 17:05:36

The Atlanta Hawks said Monday they have reached a deal with their first-round draft choice, guard Jeff Teague. The NBA club didn't say how much it will be paying the former Wake Forest star or how long the contract is for. Teague, the 19th overall pick in this year's draft spent two years with the Demon Deacons, averaging 18.8 points, 3.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals as a sophomore.

2009-07-20 16:26:11

Guard Steve Nash has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Phoenix Suns, The Arizona Republic reported Monday. The deal, which would keep Nash with the NBA club through the 2011-12 season, is for about $22 million, the newspaper said, citing Nash's agent. About $6 million would be pushed to the two years after the contract ends. The 35-year-old, six-time All-Star averaged 15.7 points and 9.7 assists last season, and 14.4 points and 8.0 assists in 13 seasons with Phoenix and...


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