Center Artis Gilmore, 38, has been waived by the Chicago Bulls.

"Artis is debating retirement and has asked us to waive him, thus keeping his options open for a possible return to the NBA at a later date if he should decide not to retire," said Jerry Krause, the team's vice president for operations. If he retired without waivers, Gilmore would be ineligible to return to the NBA for one year.

Gilmore played 24 games this season, averaging four points and two rebounds a game. He lost his starting job to Dave Corzine this week . . .

Utah Jazz Coach Frank Layden banished reserve center Mel Turpin to the locker room for much of the second half of the Jazz's 101-93 NBA victory Wednesday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Richfield, Ohio.

Turpin played his first three professional seasons in Cleveland before being traded to Utah in the past offseason.

"Mel was laughing with the fans behind our bench and they were beginning to chant 'We want Mel,' " Layden said after sending Turpin to the locker room in the third quarter for the rest of the game. "I didn't think it was a good situation for him. I wasn't going to play him anyway because he missed this morning's shoot-around. He'll play in our next game."

Layden's explanation for his banishment was mentioned to Turpin after the game, and the 6-foot-11, 270-pound player said, "Is that why?" and refused further comment . . .

The Miami Heat surpassed 10,000 season-ticket sales one week ahead of the NBA's deadline, ensuring the expansion team will begin play next season. The league had said the Heat must sell 10,000 season tickets by Dec. 31 or risk losing the franchise. At the beginning of the month, the team was about 2,000 tickets short.