While G Jason Kidd will open the season on the injured list for the Nets, C Alonzo Mourning will be on the active roster less than a year after getting a kidney transplant.

Kidd, who had surgery on his left knee in July, was placed on the injured list yesterday. Coach Lawrence Frank said there is no timetable for Kidd's return.

The Nets also placed C Jabari Smith (left ankle sprain) and F Awvee Storey (left ankle sprain) on the injured list.

C Kyle Davis, who did not play in the Nets' eight preseason games, was waived.

The moves mean that Mourning will be in the lineup, probably in a backup role to Jason Collins. Mourning, 34, appeared in a game on Thursday for the first time since the transplant.

"It is going to be a process," Frank said of Mourning. "We have to keep things in perspective."

* A FIRST: A 5-foot-9 point guard who mixes off-court humility with an oncourt flair for no-look, fastbreak passes is the first Japanese-born player to make an NBA roster.

Yuta Tabuse was told yesterday that he would be one of 12 players suiting up for the Suns in their season opener tomorrow night at home against the Hawks.

"Hopefully the Japanese people are excited about my position right now," Tabuse said after the Suns' practice.

Tabuse, 24, was enveloped by about two dozen members of the Japanese media when the news broke. But it's an intrusion the polite playmaker accepts without complaint.

"It's good for me," he said, "and good for the Japanese people."

Tabuse made the team as the third point guard -- behind Steve Nash and Leandro Barbosa -- after Howard Eisley was waived over the weekend.

* DEALS: The Rockets signed G-F Tracy McGrady, the NBA's leading scorer, to a multiyear contract extension. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

The Rockets acquired the 25-year-old from the Magic in June, teaming him with all-star C Yao Ming to create one of the most formidable tandems in the league. . . .

The Lakers exercised a fourth-year contract option on F Caron Butler, ensuring he'll be with the team through the 2005-06 season. . . .

Trail Blazers F Zach Randolph agreed to a contract extension. The team did not release details of the deal.

Randolph originally sought a six-year, $86 million extension, the maximum allowed under the league's collective bargaining agreement. The last known offer from the Trail Blazers was $75 million over six years, which Randolph turned down.

Randolph averaged 20.1 points and 10.5 rebounds last season and was voted the NBA's most improved player.

-- From News Services