DUMARS WILL RETURN: Joe Dumars, the only remaining member of the Detroit Pistons championship teams of 1989 and 1990, announced Friday he will return to the team for one more season before retiring.
Dumars said he made the announcement Friday to end speculation about his future. Team president Tom Wilson has said Dumars will have a front-office job waiting for him when he retires.
MAXWELL HEARING: A judge will hold a hearing Monday to determine if Vernon Maxwell should be freed from jail to rejoin the Charlotte Hornets for the NBA playoffs. Maxwell surrendered to Harris County authorities this past Monday to begin serving a 90-day sentence resulting from a 1995 mari-juana possession case.
ELLIS ON INJURED LIST: Dale Ellis, who leads the NBA in 3-point shooting this season, was placed on the injured list Friday for the Seattle SuperSonics' final two regular-season games because of a strained abdominal muscle.
FRESNO'S FOWLKES GOING PRO: Tremaine Fowlkes is leaving the troubles of Fresno State for the greener pastures of the NBA. Fowlkes, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, announced Friday he is foregoing his final year of eligibility to make himself available for June's NBA draft.
MAJERLE, BARRY ON INJURED LIST: Dan Majerle and Brent Barry were placed on the injured list Friday by the Miami Heat, who activated guard Rex Walters and forward Antonio Lang for the final two regular-season games.
Mark Strickland started in Majerle's absence Friday against the Washington Wizards.
REFEREE INJURED: Referee Bennett Salvatore was taken to a hospital for X-rays on his ribs after a collision late in the first half of Friday night's game between the Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves.
With 2.6 seconds left in the second quarter, Minnesota's Kevin Garnett threw a full-court pass intended for Anthony Peeler. Mario Elie of Houston stepped in front of Peeler to tip the ball out of bounds, but Elie then collided with Salvatore in front of the Rockets' bench.