Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings is expected to miss three weeks because of problems with a wisdom tooth.
The Pistons said Tuesday Jennings will be re-evaluated after a three-week immobilization period. He has an impacted wisdom tooth and a hairline fracture on the mandible at the base of the tooth.
Jennings was acquired in a trade this offseason to be Detroit’s new point guard, part of an overhaul that also brought free agents Josh Smith and Chauncey Billups to the Pistons. Jennings averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 assists last season with Milwaukee.
Burke has surgery
Jazz guard Trey Burke underwent surgery to repair his fractured right index finger.
Burke, the ninth overall pick in this year’s NBA draft who was acquired in a trade with Minnesota, will wear a cast or splint for the next three weeks before being re-evaluated.
Widely expected to start for the Jazz, Burke averaged 18.6 points, 6.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.6 steals for Michigan last season, helping the Wolverines to the NCAA title game.
Burke broke his finger during last Saturday’s preseason game against the Clippers.
The Spurs veteran forward waived veteran forward Corey Maggette, center Marcus Cousin, and guard Myck Kabongo.
Maggette appeared in two preseason games, averaging 6.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 24.0 minutes. The 14-year veteran played eight seasons with the Clippers and also made NBA stops in Orlando, Golden State, Milwaukee, Charlotte and Detroit. He was with the Pistons last season.
Cousin appeared in two preseason games, averaging 1.5 points and 2.0 rebounds.
Warriors win in China
David Lee scored 31 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Warriors to a 100-95 preseason win over the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers in Beijing.
Stephen Curry added 24 points for the Warriors, while Andrew Bogut had 9 points and 14 rebounds. Lee finished 12 of 16 from the field.
Nick Young led the Lakers with 18 points. Pau Gasol had 15 points and Chris Kaman scored 14 with 10 rebounds.
Although Bryant made the trip to China, he’s sitting out the games to nurse a torn Achilles’ tendon and an ailing right knee.
He was clearly missed by the Chinese fans, who chanted his name throughout the game. The Lakers play a second exhibition game in Shanghai on Friday night.
Hawks sign Martin
The Hawks, looking for help at small forward, signed Cartier Martin, who played with the Wizards the last three seasons. The 6-foot 7-inch Martin played in 41 games for Washington last season. He averaged 6.6 points and 2.4 rebounds Martin also has played with Charlotte and Golden State in his five-year career . . . Former Lakers guard Chris Duhon was treated and released from a hospital after being struck by a car following a verbal altercation in Orlando. According to an Orlando Police Department report from Saturday’s incident, Duhon was walking to his car in a garage parking lot along with his brother-in-law. He got into a verbal altercation with a man in a black Lexus. The man briefly got out of his car, then returned and accelerated toward the pair, hitting Duhon, who suffered cuts and bruises. Duhon was waived by the Lakers in June.