Magic's Battie suffers minor injuries in crash

Updated: October 29, 2005, 7:16 PM ET
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Orlando Magic: Magic center-forward Tony Battie escaped with minor injuries after he rolled his car and hit a utility pole in a one-car wreck early Friday.

Battie, 28, was cited by Florida Highway Patrol for leaving the scene of an accident and careless driving. The Highway Patrol said the investigating officer said that no alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Battie did not attend the team's tipoff luncheon Friday but is expected to play when the Magic open their season Wednesday at home against the Indiana Pacers, the paper said.

Boston Celtics: The Celtics exercised their 2006-07 option on center Kendrick Perkins.

The 27th pick of the 2003 draft by the Memphis Grizzlies who immediately was traded to the Celtics, Perkins has averaged 2.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in 70 games over two seasons for Boston.

Perkins, who averaged 2.5 points and 2.9 rebounds in 60 games last season, will earn just over $1.4 million in his option year after receiving $780,400 this season.

Indiana Pacers: Pacers guard Fred Jones will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season, the Indianapolis Star reported.

Jones' agent, Bill Duffy, told the paper that the Pacers' shooting guard will not get a contract extension by Monday's deadline.

Duffy says the 2002 first-round draft pick could return to the team. The Pacers will be able to match any offer made to Jones up to the midlevel exception.

Foster remains sidelined: Indiana Pacers center Jeff Foster, out with a left Achilles injury, isn't expected back in the lineup until the end of November at the earliest.

Coach Rick Carlisle told the Indianapolis Star that he would be sidelined this long and it would be at least Thanksgiving before he would be back on the court.

Seattle SuperSonics: The SuperSonics trimmed their roster to 15 players on Saturday, when they waived forward Noel Felix and guard Alex Scales.

Scales averaged 5.6 points in seven preseason games, while Felix averaged 2.4 points and 2.0 rebounds in five games.

Both players were signed as free agents and invited to training camp on Sept. 30.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.

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