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NBA roundup: Lakers' Bryant out at least three mroe weeks

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Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant will be out at least another three weeks after being examined by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo on Friday, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Bryant's injured left knee was looked at because he has been experiencing continued pain, swelling and soreness.

The 35-year-old has been out since Dec. 17 with a fracture. He will be re-evaluated in another three weeks.

Bryant was examined at halftime of the Lakers' win over the Dallas Mavericks. General manager Mitch Kupchak said the Lakers want Bryant at 100 percent health before returning to the lineup this season.

"We're not going to push him to get back," Kupchak said. "I don't see why you would. We've made a commitment to him for two more years, and I just don't know why we'd (push him to come back). But if he feels he's ready and he's in shape and he gets the doctor's approval, then there's no reason why he couldn't do that."

The Lakers signed Bryant to a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension in November.

Three weeks would mark a March 14 return date with just 17 games left in the season for the Lakers. Even if Bryant is cleared for contact drills at that point, he likely would need additional practice time before he could play a game.

Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni was asked Friday if Bryant would return this season.

"I don't know," he said. "That's out of my hands. We'll see. I have no answer to that one."

Bryant is averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds in just six games this season. He also missed the Lakers' first 19 games of the season recovering from a torn left Achilles tendon he sustained last April.

---Miami Heat star forward LeBron James did not practice Saturday because of the broken nose he sustained Thursday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

James is questionable for Miami's game against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.

James had surgery to repair the break on Friday but said he is still experiencing soreness and headaches.

The injury occurred when James was inadvertently hit in the face by Thunder center Serge Ibaka while James was driving to the basket with 5:56 remaining in the fourth quarter.

"Hopefully it'll get better the next couple of days. Hopefully it gets better the next day," James said. "But if not, I'm not going to rush it. I feel better today than when it happened. I'm not bleeding. I'm a game-time decision, more probable than anything."

James said he would not be able to play if the Heat had a game Saturday.

The only game James missed this season was a Dec. 28 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, when he sat out with a strained groin and sprained ankle. Michael Beasley started at small forward for Miami. Veteran Rashard Lewis could also be an option.

"We'll just continue to re-evaluate him," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He went to the doctor yesterday to get everything straightened out and corrected. He's feeling better, not good enough to go. But we'll have to see how he feels day by day. We'll see if the swelling (subsides) and how he feels."

---The New York Knicks are in talks about buying out forward Metta World Peace and guard Beno Udrih.

World Peace confirmed via Twitter on Saturday that his agent and the team are negotiating a buyout.

ESPNNewYork.com reported the Knicks will either buy out World Peace's contract or outright release him.

World Peace, a native of New York borough Queens, signed a $1.6 million deal in the offseason that included a player option for a second year for the same amount.

If the Knicks release World Peace and he signs with another team, he reportedly will lose his second-year option.

World Peace is averaging just 13.4 minutes in 29 games this season after playing 33.7 minutes per game last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, who used their amnesty provision to release him. He has had problems with his surgically repaired left knee.

The Knicks tried to trade Udrih before the deadline. Udrih signed a veteran's minimum $1.27 million deal in the offseason. He is averaging 5.6 points and 3.5 assists in 19.0 minutes per game. He has career averages of 8.9 points and 3.6 assists per game.

---The Sacramento Kings announced that newly acquired guard Jason Terry will spend the remainder of this season rehabilitating his injured left knee.

Terry, a 15-year veteran, averaged 4.5 points and 1.6 assists in 16.3 minutes over 35 games with the Brooklyn Nets this season.

The Kings shipped shooting guard Marcus Thornton to the Nets in exchange for Terry and power forward Reggie Evans on Wednesday.

"Our focus remains on reinventing this franchise and building a foundation for future success," general manager Pete D'Alessandro said in a statement. "Affording Jason time to rehab during the balance of this season allows him to return at full strength next year while giving our younger players the minutes and experience needed to help us improve as a team going forward."

For his career, Terry has averaged 15.4 points, 4.4 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.31 steals and 32.5 minutes over 1,136 games with the Atlanta Hawks (1999-2004), Dallas Mavericks (2004-2012), Boston Celtics (2012-13) and Nets (2013-14).

"I want to thank the Kings for their understanding during this process," Terry said in a statement. "Through my interactions with the front office and medical staff, it's clear that the organization cares about its players and has their best interest at heart. I'm confident that rehab presents the best opportunity to be ready for next season."

---The Golden State Warriors signed center Hilton Armstrong to a 10-day contract as a call-up from the Santa Cruz Warriors on Saturday.

Armstrong, 29, is averaging 12.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.83 blocks in 28.6 minutes while shooting 55.6 percent over 23 games (all starts) with Santa Cruz.

Earlier this season, Armstrong averaged 0.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 4.0 minutes over seven games with Golden State.

Armstrong, the No. 12 pick in the 2006 draft by the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, has career averages of 3.0 points and 2.6 rebounds in 11.7 minutes over 284 games (39 starts) with the Hornets (2006-09), Sacramento Kings (2010), Houston Rockets (2010), Washington Wizards (2010-11), Atlanta Hawks (2011) and Warriors. He has also played professionally in France, Greece and China.

---The Cleveland Cavaliers assigned forward/center Arinze Onuaku to the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League.

Earlier in the day, the Cavaliers signed Onuaku to a 10-day contract.

Onuaku is averaging 14.4 points on 62.2 percent shooting, 9.7 rebounds and 1.0 block in 24.2 minutes over 26 games (eight starts) for the Charge this season.

Onuaku averaged 1.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 8.3 minutes over three games for the New Orleans Pelicans earlier this season.

---The Atlanta Hawks announced that they requested waivers on guard Jared Cunningham.

Cunningham has played in just five games this season, averaging 0.4 points and 0.6 assists in 4.4 minutes.
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