Sixers restricted free agent Willie Green will miss six to nine months after undergoing successful surgery on his left knee yesterday.

The 6-foot-2 guard was scheduled to sign a six-year, $20 million contract, but he injured his knee in a pickup game. While contract terms were reached, the deal was never signed.

Green thrived as a reserve last season when Allen Iverson was injured, including a 32-point game vs. the Wizards in January.

In two seasons with the 76ers, Green averaged 7.3 points and 1.4 assists. He was drafted in the second round in 2003 by the SuperSonics and acquired by Philadelphia in a draft-night trade.

* GRANT HEADED FOR SUNS: Phoenix agreed on a two-year, $4 million contract with F Brian Grant, his agent said.

Grant, 33, was released last week by the Lakers, who are still responsible for the $30 million left on the final two years of his contract. Agent Mark Bartelstein said in a telephone interview that Grant probably would sign the contract when he clears waivers tomorrow.

By waiving Grant under the NBA's amnesty provision, the Lakers saved $30 million in luxury tax payments. Teams with payrolls that exceed $61.7 million next season must pay a dollar-for-dollar tax on the amount over the limit.

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