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NBA roundup: Kings’ Gay suffers jaw injury

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Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay suffered a jaw injury in Friday night’s preseason game, but a CT scan taken Saturday revealed no fracture.

Gay was injured at the 5:11 mark during the second quarter of the exhibition finale against the Los Angeles Lakers in Las Vegas. The Kings won 93-92.

The team announced Saturday that Gay is expected to be available when the Kings take on the Golden State Warriors in their season opener Wednesday.

Gay sustained a broken jaw when he was playing for Team USA against Lithuania in the FIBA World Cup in Spain last month.

In 55 games (all starts) for the Kings last season, Gay averaged 20.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.22 steals. Between Toronto and Sacramento, Gay started 73 games and averaged 20.0 points and a career-best 2.9 assists.

Guard Ben McLemore received five stitches above his right eye following the game in Las Vegas. A precautionary concussion assessment test was negative and he has been cleared for action.

The Kings also waived guard Trey Johnson. The moved sliced the team’s roster to 14 players.

—The Los Angeles Lakers want to keep injured point guard Steve Nash around in a mentor role, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

Nash, 40, has been ruled out from playing this season because of nerve problems in his back. He only played 15 games last season because of injuries.

The Lakers will apply for the disabled-player exception, the Orange County Register reported.

Coach Byron Scott said he would like Nash to remain part of the team in a mentoring role.

“I have some things in mind already if he would like to do that,” Scott said. “I would love to have him around. I think his expertise and experience could help a lot of our young guys.”

The Lakers also waived guard Jabari Brown and forward Roscoe Smith.

—Orlando Magic shooting guard Victor Oladipo is expected to miss about a month because of a facial injury, Yahoo Sports reported.

The team said Oladipo had successful surgery to repair a facial fracture on Saturday.

Oladipo averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists over 80 games last season.

The Magic also waived power forward Kadeem Batts and guards Drew Crawford, Seth Curry and Peyton Siva.

—The Toronto Raptors waived guard Will Cherry and forward-guard Jordan Hamilton.

The Raptors completed their preseason schedule Friday with an 83-80 win over the New York Knicks in Montreal and finished 7-1.

—The Houston Rockets signed guard Akeem Richmond as a free agent and requested waivers on guard Geron Johnson.

Richmond is an undrafted free agent out of East Carolina.

—The Cleveland Cavaliers exercised the fourth-year contract option on guard Dion Waiters.

Waiters has averages of 15.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 29.2 minutes per game in 131 games (72 starts) in his two seasons with the Cavaliers.

The Cavs also waived forward Shane Edwards.

—The Phoenix Suns released center Earl Barron, a seven-year NBA veteran. In six preseason appearances, Barron averaged 3.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game.

—The Minnesota Timberwolves waived guard Brady Heslip, who appeared in four preseason games. He had five points, two steals and one rebound in nine minutes of play.

—The Washington Wizards waived forward Damion James and guards John Lucas and Xavier Silas.

—The Memphis Grizzlies waived guards Patrick Christopher and Kalin Lucas.

Alan is an expert gambling writer who works as one of the chief editors for Basketball Insiders. He has been covering online gambling and sports betting for over 8 years, having written for the likes of Sportlens,, The Sports Daily, 90min, and His particular specialisms include US online casinos and gambling regulations, and soccer and basketball betting. Based in London, Alan holds an MA in English Literature and is a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC.

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