Basketball

NBA notes: Haywood could be out for season

Wizards starting center Brendan Haywood could miss the entire season while recovering from surgery Thursday to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist.

He had the operation in New York and will spend 21/2 months in a cast before starting rehabilitation. The team said Haywood will be out four to six months.

Washington's last regular-season game is six months away: April15 against the defending NBA champion Boston Celtics.

Haywood, a former North Carolina player, was hurt Oct.2 during training camp, and the Wizards wouldn't say until Thursday how long they expected him to be out. He averaged career highs of 10.6 points and 7.2 rebounds in 2007-08.

Elsewhere

DIVAC'S NEW JOB: Former NBA player Vlade Divac has become an adviser in Serbia's government.

Divac, 40, says he will be in charge of humanitarian issues and sports, and will work with Vice Premier Ivica Dacic.

The former Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets and Sacramento Kings center told reporters he has taken the post to help promote humanitarian work in Serbia.

MIAMI: The Heat will be without forward James Jones for three months because of a ruptured tendon in his right wrist. He was injured while shooting on Wednesday.

SACRAMENTO: The Kings exercised their contract option for backup center Spencer Hawes for the 2009-10 season. Hawes, the 10th overall pick out of Washington in the 2007 draft, averaged 4.7 points and 3.2 rebounds last season.

Exhibitions

PISTONS 85, MAVERICKS 81: Chauncey Billups' jumper with 1 minute, 19 seconds left helped host Detroit rally past Dallas. Down 13 points entering the fourth quarter, the Pistons outscored the Mavericks 36-19 in the final 12 minutes.

CELTICS 111, NETS 108: The Celtics played without Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, all kept out of action by Doc Rivers as a coach's decision and not because of injury. Tony Allen scored 32 points to lead Boston.

SPURS 91, CAVALIERS 70: Tim Duncan had 16 points and 13 rebounds in 26 minutes and San Antonio beat host Cleveland.

TIMBERWOLVES 90, RAPTORS 86: At Toronto, Ryan Gomes scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and Blake Ahearn added 15 points to help Minnesota win. Andrea Bargnani led Toronto with 22 points.

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