Alonzo Mourning signed a contract and then practiced yesterday with the Heat, the team with which he spent eight seasons -- a stint twice interrupted by kidney disease. He's expected to make about $325,000 for the rest of the season, based on a prorated share of the $1.1 million minimum veteran contract.
Mourning may be in uniform tomorrow when Miami visits New Jersey.
SHAQ IS BACK: Heat C Shaquille O'Neal returned to practice one week after spraining his left knee in an awkward tumble against the Bulls. O'Neal said he plans to play tomorrow in New Jersey.
SOLD: Detroit mortgage magnate Dan Gilbert assumed majority ownership of the Cavaliers, taking over a once troubled NBA franchise saved by LeBron James.
MOVES: Gary Payton, acquired by the Hawks last week at the trade deadline in a deal that sent leading scorer and rebounder Antoine Walker to the Celtics, was waived. Payton never reported to Atlanta and sought a buyout of his contract. . . .
The Hornets waived C Dale Davis and F Glenn Robinson just days after trading for the veteran players.
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