NBA roundup: Hornets extend contract of GM Demps

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New Orleans Hornets general manager Dell Demps signed a multiyear contract extension, the team announced Friday.
Demps, 42, is in his third season with the Hornets. His current contract was set to expire in 2013.
"Dell has a bright future ahead as the GM of our team and Mr. Benson and I couldn't be more impressed with the track this team is on and are excited about the future," Hornets executive vice president Mickey Loomis said. "He has helped shape this organization with the current team of young, talented players and we look forward to seeing the growth of the franchise during this exciting time for the franchise."
Demps orchestrated the trade last December that sent star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers. This summer, he matched a max-money contract offer for shooting guard Eric Gordon after Gordon had received an offer sheet from Phoenix.

--Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion was scheduled to return to action Friday night after missing five games with a sprained left knee.
Marion, a 14-year veteran, was averaging 8.0 points and a team-leading 9.0 rebounds when the injury occurred in the Mavericks' fourth game of the season. Dallas was 3-1 with Marion and 2-3 without him.
"I'm gonna give it a shot," Marion told reporters before Friday's game against Indiana.

--Doctors have cleared Cleveland forward/center Tyler Zeller to return after suffering a fractured left orbital bone and a concussion, the Cavaliers announced.
Zeller will wear a protective mask Saturday night when the Cavs (2-6) play Dallas.
The rookie was injured Nov. 5 in Los Angeles when he took an errant elbow that left him with a fractured cheekbone, a black eye and swollen face, and headaches.
The Cavs also announced Friday that forward Luke Harangody will miss approximately six weeks after having arthroscopic procedure on his right knee Friday morning in Cleveland Clinic.

--Forward Kawhi Leonard, who was a starter in the San Antonio Spurs' first nine games, will be sidelined 10-14 days because of quadriceps tendinitis in his left knee, the team announced Friday.
An MRI exam performed Friday confirmed the diagnosis.
Leonard will not be with the Spurs for their six-game road trip, which begins Nov. 21 in Boston.
Leonard is averaging 13.2 points and 6.8 rebounds this season.