Bargnani is scheduled to miss the Knicks' season opener October
29 against the Chicago Bulls, the October 30 game in Cleveland
against the Cavaliers, and the November 2 home game against the
He might miss additional games.
Bargnani averaged 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds last season, which
was his first season with the Knicks. He played in just 42 games
last season because of a torn ligament in his right elbow.
The 7-foot Bargnani, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 NBA
draft, is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $11.5
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The Orlando Magic exercised their third-year team option on shooting
guard Victor Oladipo's contract while exercising fourth-year team
options on the contracts of shooting guard Evan Fournier, small
forward Maurice Harkless and power forward Andrew Nicholson.
Oladipo averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists over 80
games as a rookie last season. He is expected to miss about a month
after having surgery to repair facial injuries.
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The Dallas Mavericks made their final cuts in advance of Tuesday's
regular season opener against the San Antonio Spurs by releasing
center Bernard James, guard Doron Lamb and forward Ivan Johnson.
The Mavericks decided to keep forward Charlie Villanueva.
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James has a $915,243 contract -- most of it guaranteed -- for this
season. Villanueva's $1.3 million deal is non-guaranteed.
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The Detroit Pistons waived 7-foot, 270-pound center Aaron Gray.
Gray missed training camp while rehabbing from a cardiac episode
suffered following a voluntary workout in late August.
Gray signed with the Pistons as a free agent on July 10 and holds
career NBA averages of 3.4 points and 3.7 rebounds. (Editing by Gene
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