LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Clippers signed Richie Frahm, a free-agent guard who was released by the Phoenix Suns during the preseason, on Friday.
Frahm, a 30-year-old 3-point specialist, has averaged 3.5 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 130 career games with Houston, Minnesota, Portland and Seattle. He played for Italy's Benetton Treviso in 2006-07 after averaging 3.4 points in 32 games for Minnesota and Houston the previous season.
Frahm, a 6-foot-5, 202-pounder, was undrafted after averaging 12.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in four seasons at Gonzaga. He was a college teammate of Clippers guard Dan Dickau during the 1999-2000 season.
PLAYERS SUSPENDED: Chicago Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas was suspended for one game and Indiana Pacers forward Troy Murphy was fined $10,000 for fighting. Thomas was suspended for striking Murphy in the face during a game in Indianapolis, and Murphy was fined for shoving Thomas, the league said. The fight happened Wednesday, with the Bulls leading 41-36 with 3:51 left in the second quarter. Both players were ejected. The Pacers went on to win 117-102. Thomas served his suspension Friday when the Bulls played New York Knicks in Chicago.
TOE SIDELINES GASOL: Memphis Grizzlies forward Pau Gasol, the team's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, was inactive for Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers with a jammed right big toe. The 7-footer from Spain banged feet with an unidentified teammate in Thursday's practice, Grizzlies coach Marc Iavaroni said. "We're saying indefinitely because we don't know," Iavaroni said, when asked how long Gasol would be out. A former All-Star, Gasol averages 17.3 points and 7.7 rebounds a game.
ALLEN OUT: Celtics guard Ray Allen didn't play in Friday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks because of a sore right ankle the first time any of Boston's new Big Three has been out of the starting lineup. Allen was injured against Charlotte on Nov. 24 but had started all 20 games this season, along with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that Allen might also sit out Sunday's game against Toronto.
MARBURY, RICHARDSON MISSING: Knicks guard Stephon Marbury missed his third straight game, and forward Quentin Richardson sat out New York's game against the Chicago Bulls on Friday because of a strained tendon in his right knee. Marbury played in the first two games following the funeral of his father Donald, who died Dec. 2, but left the team last Sunday. Richardson sat out the second half of Wednesday's 117-110 loss to Seattle.