Nuggets G Voshon Lenard will be sidelined at least six months after having surgery yesterday for a torn left Achilles' tendon.

Lenard was injured Nov. 2 in Denver's season-opening loss to the Lakers.

He averaged 14.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists last season, helping the Nuggets reach the playoffs for the first time in a decade. . . .

F Bo Outlaw signed a one-year contract to rejoin the Suns, who missed his tough post play last season. The Suns said Outlaw would join them for tonight's game in Chicago.

To make room, the Suns placed G Yuta Tabuse, the first Japanese-born player to make an NBA roster, on the injured list with a right quadriceps strain.

Outlaw, 33, won fans for his defense and hard-nosed play during two seasons with the Suns, when he averaged 4.7 points and 4.6 rebounds.

But the Suns sent Outlaw and C Jake Tsakalidis to the Grizzlies for Brevin Knight, Robert Archibald and Cezary Trybanski on Sept. 30, 2003.

Outlaw averaged 6.0 points and 5.3 rebounds with Memphis, which released him Nov. 1. . . .

Bobcats F Theron Smith had surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee.

-- From News Services