Pistons guard Hunter undergoes ankle surgery

Updated: October 6, 2005, 8:08 PM ET
Associated Press

Detroit Pistons: Guard Lindsey Hunter underwent surgery on his left ankle Wednesday.

Hunter, who averaged 3.8 points for the Pistons last season, had arthroscopic surgery to remove loose particles in the ankle. He will be re-evaluated in a week and no timetable has been set for his return.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Arthur Manoli at St. Joseph's Mercy Medical Center in Pontiac.

Los Angeles Clippers: The Clippers signed free-agent forward Rodney White on Wednesday.

White averaged 5.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 11.7 minutes in 58 games last season for Denver and Golden State last season. During his four-year NBA career, White has averaged 7.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 15.4 minutes.

San Antonio Spurs: As the Spurs opened training camp, a familiar face that seemed strangely out of place looked down upon the scene from the bleachers at the University of the Virgin Islands.

Whoa, Nellie?

Yes, it indeed was former Dallas coach Don Nelson, clad in a Mavs' golf shirt, being permitted to watch coach Gregg Popovich put the Spurs through a series of drills.

"I'm just trying to learn, you know. I haven't been to another camp in a long time. I've been coaching so many years, I don't know. But if you can learn something, learn how to do it the right way," Nelson said.

Nelson, the second-winningest coach in NBA history, stepped down as coach of the Mavericks late last season but remains under contract to Dallas as a consultant.

Popovich said Nelson contacted him less than a week ago to ask permission to attend the Spurs' camp, and Popovich welcomed him.

"He's a hell of a basketball mind, and if someone has an opportunity like myself to have a guy observe as closely as this, it can only be a positive thing for me and my team," Popovich said. "As far as what's going on with Dallas and what that all is, I don't know how that works."

Los Angeles Clippers: The Clippers requested waivers on point guard Frank Williams on Wednesday.

He averaged 2.9 points and 1.9 assists in his first three NBA seasons after being taken by Denver as the 25th overall selection in the 2002 NBA draft.

Williams spent the first two years of his career with the New York Knicks before being traded to Chicago, where he played last season.

Sacramento Kings: The Kings claimed center Luke Schenscher off waivers from the Denver Nuggets.

The 7-foot-1 Schenscher played four seasons at Georgia Tech, averaging 7.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. The Nuggets signed him during the summer as an undrafted free agent.


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