Golden State Warriors backup center Jermaine O’Neal underwent arthroscopic surgery for a torn ligament in his right wrist.
The Warriors said Dr. Jeff Yao operated Friday at the Stanford Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Clinic. The team gave no timetable for his return.
O’Neal wrote on Twitter: “I am NOT out for the season contrary to some of the media reports.”
The 35-year-old is in his 18th NBA season and has had previous knee and wrist operations. He has appeared in 17 games this season, averaging 6.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 18.6 minutes.
O’Neal is the third center behind starter Andrew Bogut to have surgery this year. Festus Ezeli is expected to be out until at least late January following right knee surgery. Ognjen Kuzmic will be sidelined at least another four weeks after fracturing a bone in his right hand.
PELICANS CUT CHILDRESS — The New Orleans Pelicans waived veteran forward Josh Childress, who joined New Orleans on Nov. 12 but has been unable to carve out regular playing time. Childress, 31, appeared in only four games, during which he was credited with three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 24 minutes.
Childress, playing his eighth NBA season, has appeared in 391 games in his career, including 70 starts. He has career averages of 9.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
BULLS ADD GUARD — The Chicago Bulls say they have agreed to a contract with guard D.J. Augustin. Taken with the ninth pick in the 2008 draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, he has averaged 9.4 points and 3.9 assists for the Bobcats, Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors. He appeared in 10 games this year with the Raptors and averaged 2.1 points and 1.0 assists.
GATLING SENTENCED — A former NBA All-Star accused of squatting at an Arizona home and then trying to list the house for rent online has been sentenced to four years of probation.
Maricopa County prosecutors say 46-year-old Chris Gatling was sentenced Friday in Phoenix. He pleaded guilty in August to one count of theft and one count of forgery.
Gatling was accused of breaking in the key box at the home and living there for about a year. Police say the homeowners lived in California, but had left the power on at the Paradise Valley home.
Gatling, a 6-foot-10 power forward, averaged 10.3 points in an 11-year NBA career that ended in 2002. He played for Golden State, Miami, Dallas, New Jersey, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Denver and Cleveland and was an All-Star in 1997 while with the Mavericks.