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April 2 (The Sports Xchange) - New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the season after tearing the meniscus in his left knee, the team announced on Sunday.

The 28-year-old's latest injury setback will necessitate arthroscopic surgery. Rose will have his fourth surgery to either knee -- he tore his left ACL in 2012 and also underwent two surgeries on his right meniscus.

Rose, who is set to enter free agency this offseason, averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds over 64 games in his first season with the Knicks.

The Knicks traded for Rose last June in a multi-player deal with the Chicago Bulls. He is in the final year of a five-year, $94 million deal.

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Washington Wizards star guard John Wall was fined $15,000 by the NBA for his public criticism of officiating.

Wall blamed the Wizards' 95-88 loss to the Jazz in Utah on Friday on the referees, pointing out the free throw discrepancy.

"The refs made us lose this game," Wall said. "We fought hard, we gave ourselves a chance but you don't shoot no 31 free throws to 16 the way we attack the basket as a team. That's how I feel about it."

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The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled center Larry Sanders from the Canton Charge of NBA Development League.

Sanders, 28, was out of the NBA for more than two years before signing with the Cavs on March 13.

He appeared in four games for the Charge this season, averaging 6.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 19.8 minutes per contest. Sanders has been in two games for Cleveland in limited action.

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The Milwaukee Bucks signed guard Gary Payton II to a multiyear contract.

Payton, 24, appeared in 49 games (all starts) with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League this season, averaging 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals in 32.7 minutes per contest.

Payton is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton.

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The Philadelphia 76ers signed forward Alex Poythress from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

Poythress, 23, appeared in 46 games (45 starts) for Fort Wayne this season, averaging 18.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.4 blocks.

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The Denver Nuggets recalled rookie guard Malik Beasley from the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League.

He scored a D-League career-high 32 points to go with a career-high 19 rebounds and seven assists against the Oklahoma City Blue on Thursday.

Overall in the D-League, Beasley owns averages of 18.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.10 steals in 16 games for the Skyforce. (Editing by Gene Cherry)

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