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NBA notebook: Pelicans lose Jrue Holiday for season after leg surgery

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The New Orleans Pelicans say starting point guard Jrue Holiday underwent surgery for a stress fracture in his right tibia and will miss the rest of the season. The club says Friday’s surgery was successful.

Holiday, a former Eastern Conference All-Star acquired from Philadelphia last summer, has not played because of the shin injury since Jan. 8.

In 34 games played for the Pelicans this season, Holiday has averaged 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 33.6 minutes.

New Orleans star forward Anthony Davis says his injured shoulder is improved.

Davis sprained his left shoulder in Wednesday night’s loss at Dallas.

HAWKS LOSE CENTER — Atlanta Hawks center Gustavo Ayon will miss the remainder of the season following surgery on his right shoulder.

Ayon started 14 games, most coming after injuries to All-Star center Al Horford and top backup Pero Antic. Ayon’s surgery on Friday was performed in Atlanta by Dr. Xavier Duralde and Hawks physician Dr. Michael Bernot.

Ayon averaged 4.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in 26 games.

Elton Brand has started the last five games following Ayon’s injury.

The Hawks signed center Mike Muscala, a 2013 second-round draft pick, on Thursday after completing the buyout of his Spanish League contract.

THUNDER SIGN BUTLERCaron Butler agreed to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a source. The source spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal had not been finalized.

The Milwaukee Bucks agreed to a contract buyout with the 33-year-old forward Thursday and waived him. The source says Butler is expected to sign with Oklahoma City after he clears waivers Saturday.

Butler, who won an NBA title with Dallas in 2011, adds a scorer to a team that has lost three straight but expects to contend for an NBA title. He appeared in 34 games for Milwaukee this season, averaging 11.0 points and 4.6 rebounds.

He has career averages of 15.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

The Thunder could not be immediately reached for comment.

CLIPPERS PICK UP GRANGER — Forward Danny Granger signed with the Los Angeles Clippers, adding more veteran depth for the club’s playoff push.

The former All-Star joined the Clippers on Friday after his contract was bought out by the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.


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