DENVER Former Jazz guard Howard Eisley will remain with the Nuggets for the rest of the season after playing under two 10-day contracts for Denver, his eighth NBA team.
The 12-year veteran averaged 2 points and 1.8 assists in 7.8 minutes in six games. He signed the first 10-day contract March 3.In addition to Utah and the Nuggets, Eisley also has played for Minnesota, San Antonio, Dallas, New York, Phoenix and the Los Angeles Clippers.
SIXERS RE-SIGN GREEN: At Philadelphia, Willie Green re-signed with the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, nearly seven months after the guard agreed to terms before injuring his knee. Green, who averaged 7.7 points playing sporadically under former coach Jim O'Brien last season, is expected to get additional playing time under Maurice Cheeks. He'll add backcourt depth for the 76ers, who had been starting journeyman Kevin Ollie alongside Allen Iverson. Green thrived as a sub whenever Iverson was injured last season, including 32 points against Washington.
Green originally agreed to a six-year deal last summer, then was hurt in a pickup game before he signed the contract. Green had knee surgery in August and has been rehabilitating since, occasionally working out with the 76ers.The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 7.3 points in 110 career games. He was drafted in the second round in 2003 by Seattle and acquired by Philadelphia in a draft-night trade.
RAPTORS WAIVE DAVIS: The Toronto Raptors waived Antonio Davis on Thursday, effectively ending a season in which the center was suspended for five games for climbing into the stands after his wife got into a confrontation with a fan in Chicago. Davis missed the past 12 games after injuring his back in the third quarter of a game against Miami on Feb. 27. He was acquired in a trade with New York on Feb. 3, shortly after serving his suspension. He appeared in eight games with Toronto averaging 4.4 points and 4.5 rebounds in 23.9 minutes.
"After receiving a second opinion on Antonio's lingering back problems, it is very unlikely that he would return to competitive action this season with the Raptors," said Bryan Colangelo, the team's president and general manager. "After lengthy discussions with Antonio regarding his physical condition and his general sense of disappointment over his personally difficult year, we have concluded that it's in the best interest of both the organization and Antonio Davis to simply release him at this late point of the season."
When Toronto acquired him he took a few extra days to report, but said he would honor his contract.Comment on this story
The trade came a day after Davis' wife, Kendra, was charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly throwing a cup of coffee at a woman during a traffic dispute last fall.
Davis, who had previously played with the Raptors from 1999-2004, is the franchise's all-time leading rebounder with 2,839. The 38-year-old said he was contemplating retirement after a trade from Chicago to New York before the season.Davis is the president of the NBA players' association. He is in the last year of contract that pays him almost $14 million this season.
MOURNING OUT 2-4 WEEKS: At Miami, Heat backup center Alonzo Mourning has a partial tear in his left calf and will be out two to four weeks. Mourning was hurt Wednesday night in Miami's loss at Detroit. An MRI exam performed Thursday showed the tear, meaning Miami could be without him for anywhere from six to 14 games or possibly until the first round of the playoffs open in late April. Former Ute Michael Doleac is expected to move into the primary role spelling O'Neal for the Heat, who host Charlotte tonight.