Jones signs 10-day contract

Updated: March 24, 2005, 12:22 AM ET
Associated Press

Orlando Magic: CBA guard Mark Jones signed a 10-day contract Wednesday with the Orlando Magic, who placed swingman Hedo Turkoglu on the injured list with a broken left wrist.

Jones averaged 20.8 points, fourth in the league, in 41 games this season with the Great Lakes Storm. He is a former standout at nearby Central Florida who also has played professionally in Venezuela, France and the Philippines.

Turkoglu will miss the rest of the season. He was driving to the basket when he became entangled and went down late in Monday's game at Charlotte. He was averaging 14 points and was the team's top 3-point shooter.

Chicago Bulls: Guard Kirk Hinrich missed Wednesday night's game against the Toronto Raptors with a strained left hamstring.

Hinrich was the only Bull to start every game this season. The second-year guard is averaging 15.5 points and 6.7 assists.

Eric Piatkowski started in his place.

Golden State Warriors: Forward Mike Dunleavy tossed his jersey into the crowd after he was ejected from the Warriors' game against Dallas on Wednesday night.

In an unusual display of passion for the third-year forward, Dunleavy became incensed when referee Bill Spooner called him for a questionable offensive foul in a collision with All-Star Dirk Nowitzki early in the third quarter.

Dunleavy repeatedly screamed at Spooner while his teammates held him back. After Spooner ejected him, Dunleavy tossed his jersey high into the air and left the court to a standing ovation from Warriors fans, who were agitated by a series of calls favoring the Mavericks.

Moments earlier, Nowitzki and Warriors guard Baron Davis got offsetting technical fouls for exchanging trash talk and one-handed shoves _ and about 90 seconds after Dunleavy was thrown out, Dallas' Josh Howard got a technical for arguing.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Forward Mark Madsen will miss the remainder of the season with a ruptured ligament in his right wrist.

Madsen was injured on March 15 against Dallas and hasn't played in the last three games. He also missed 24 games earlier this season with a broken left thumb.

"[Trainer] Gregg Farnam, Kevin McHale and I had a lot of talks about trying to play the rest of the season," said Madsen, who is averaging 2.1 points and 3.1 rebounds this season. "But we thought about the risks of that and that we have a healthy Ervin Johnson and it was a no-brainer."

Madsen plans on having surgery sometime next week and expects to take about three months to recover.

Charlotte Bobcats: The Bobcats on Wednesday activated forward Gerald Wallace from the injured list and placed forward Theron Smith on the list because of swelling in his right knee.

Wallace was to be in uniform for Wednesday night's home game against Phoenix, the team said.

Wallace has appeared in 53 games (52 starts) this season and averaged 11.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 30 minutes. He was placed on the injured list after bruising his ribs in a game against Minnesota on March 8.

Smith has appeared in 33 games this season and averaged 3.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 15.5 minutes. This is Smith's third stint on the injured list this season.

Houston Rockets: General manager Carroll Dawson has been given a two-year contract extension, the team's owner said Wednesday.

Owner Les Alexander said he also has taken steps to make sure Dawson will be with the organization for as long as he chooses. Dawson is in his 25th year with the Rockets and his ninth as general manager.

"Besides extending him, I've also told him he will be a consultant with the Rockets indefinitely, so that could be who knows how many more years," Alexander told Houston television station KRIV.

"He has a perspective that's not shared by everybody in the league," Alexander added. "It's great for the organization to have somebody like that."

Monetary terms of the contract were not disclosed.


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