Pacers F Ron Artest will return to practice next week for the first time since being suspended for the remainder of the season after fighting with Detroit fans on Nov. 19.
Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh said yesterday that the Pacers have been working with Commissioner David Stern and the league to get Artest to practice, but stressed that he has not been reinstated.
DEALS: The Suns added a veteran scorer to their young roster, sending three players to the Hornets for G-F Jim Jackson. Phoenix sent swingman Casey Jacobsen, 23, and Fs Maciej Lampe, 19, and Jackson Vroman, 23, to the Hornets. . . .
The Pistons acquired G Carlos Arroyo from Utah in a trade that sent C Elden Campbell and a first-round pick after 2006 to the Jazz.
SOLE POSSESSION: George Shinn has become sole owner of the Hornets by purchasing the 35 percent minority share held by Ray Wooldridge. However, Shinn intends to sell minority shares in the team to New Orleans area investors while maintaining a controlling interest of at least 51 percent.
WOODS WAIVED: Qyntel Woods's troubled tenure with the Trail Blazers ended with the team waiving the suspended forward after he admitted mistreating his dog.
Woods appeared in Clackamas (Ore.) County Circuit Court to plead guilty to first-degree misdemeanor animal abuse. He was sentenced to 12 months' probation and 80 hours of community service.
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