Tony Allen's next court date is Nov. 15

Boston Celtics: Tony Allen, who has been charged with aggravated battery in Chicago, was in court Wednesday, the Boston Herald reported.

His next court appearance is another preliminary hearing Nov. 15.

The charges stem from a fight Aug. 28 in which a man was shot. Allen is not a suspect in the shooting, but police say Allen was involved in a fight, during which a man's eye socket was broken.

Both the shooting victim, Marktwain Johnson, and victim of the punch, Nigel Odum, are seeking money from Allen and have filed civil suits against Allen.

Chicago Bulls: The Bulls waived rookie forward Randy Holcomb on Thursday, reducing their roster to the regular-season limit of 15.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Holcomb averaged 5.3 points and 3.5
rebounds in six preseason games. He hit 10 of 23 shots and 10 of 14
free throws.

The Bulls open the season Wednesday at home against the
Charlotte Bobcats.

Cleveland Cavaliers: First-year coach Mike Brown finalized
his 15-man roster on Thursday by waiving guard Kelenna Azubuike and
centers Obinna Ekezie and Jahidi White.

The cuts mean that center Zendon Hamilton and guard Mike Wilks,
a pair of unsigned free agents, made the squad.

Azubuike, a 6-foot-5 rookie from Kentucky, averaged 7.0 points
and 3.0 rebounds in five preseason games.

Ekezie, who played in a career-high 42 games for Atlanta last
season, averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds. White, who spent last
season with Charlotte, averaged 3.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in
three games but was slowed by injuries.

Utah Jazz: Center Robert Whaley was suspended two
games without pay by the NBA on Thursday for punching Adam Parada
of the Los Angeles Lakers during an exhibition game.

Whaley will miss Utah's opener against Dallas on Nov. 2 and its
game at Golden State on Nov. 4.

Whaley punched Parada, who was waived Thursday, with 1:24
remaining in the Lakers' 95-85 win in Anaheim, Calif., on Tuesday

  • The Jazz waived center James Lang and
    forward Spencer Nelson on Thursday, reducing their roster to 15.
    Lang, a 6-foot-10 rookie out of Central Park Christian High
    School in Alabama, played in six preseason games, averaging just
    under two points per game.
    Nelson, a 6-foot-8 rookie from Utah State, played in five
    preseason games, averaging just over two points per game.

    Minnesota Timberwolves: Point guard Lionel Chalmers was among three
    players waived by the Timberwolves, who reduced
    their roster to the regular-season limit of 15.

    Another point guard, John Lucas, was let go, as was forward Ryan Humphrey. Lucas was an undrafted free agent from Oklahoma State.
    Humphrey, a first-round draft pick by the Utah Jazz in 2002, has
    played for the Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies.

    With Marko Jaric, Troy Hudson and defensive standout Anthony Carter, Chalmers found himself stuck at a crowded position.
    Chalmers, acquired in an August trade with Jaric for veteran point
    guard Sam Cassell, spent his rookie season with the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Also Thursday, All-Star Kevin Garnett returned to practice after
    missing Wednesday's preseason game against Chicago because of a
    sprained ankle. Coach Dwane Casey said he wasn't sure if Garnett
    would be ready to play in Friday's exhibition against Detroit in
    Rapid City, S.D.

    Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers trimmed their
    roster to 16 by requesting waivers on guard Tony Bobbitt and center Adam Parada.

    Teams have until Monday to finalize their opening-day roster at
    15. The Lakers open the season Wednesday night at Denver.

    Bobbitt, who averaged 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in two games
    last year after signing with the Lakers on Dec. 6 for the remainder
    of the season. He played in seven preseason games this month,
    averaging 3.3 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 12.1 minutes.

    Parada signed with the Lakers on Oct. 6 after most recently
    playing for the Huntsville Flight in the NBA Development League. He
    played a total of 28 minutes in six preseason games, getting eight
    points and four rebounds.

    Denver Nuggets: Denver waived centers Eric Chenowith and Nigel Dixon and forwards Mark Pope and Theron Smith, trimming
    the roster ahead of next week's season-opener at San Antonio.

    Pope, who played in 13 regular-season games for the Nuggets the
    past two seasons, average just 4.7 minutes per game in three
    preseason appearances this year. Chenowith averaged 3.8 points and
    3.4 rebounds per game in five appearances.

    Dixon grabbed 13 rebounds against Washington in one preseason
    game and average 6.5 boards during two preseason games. Smith
    played in two games, averaging 10.5 points and 3.5 rebounds while
    shooting 10-11 from the field.

    Toronto Raptors: The Raptors released guard Corey Williams and center Toree Morris.

    Williams, a New York streetball player, totaled 16 points and four assists in four preseason games.

    Morris, who played at Pittsburgh, had six points and six rebounds in five exhibition games.

    Washington Wizards: The Wizards used a fourth-year
    option Thursday on swingman Jarvis Hayes, keeping him under
    contract through the 2006-07 season.
    The Wizards also settled on their 15-man opening day roster by
    releasing forward Hiram Fuller and guard Billy Thomas.
    Hayes was the No. 10 overall pick from Georgia in 2003. He
    averaged 10.2 points last season, but missed the last 28
    regular-season games and the playoffs with a fractured kneecap.

    New Orleans Hornets: The Hornets waived guard Alex Garcia, moving one spot closer to finalizing their regular-season roster.
    Garcia, who played in eight games and started three times for
    the Hornets last season, was signed as a free agent before the
    team's preseason camp this year. He was battling at a position that
    got even more crowded when the Hornets traded for swingman Desmond
    Mason on Wednesday.
    Garcia's career has been plagued by injuries since San Antonio
    signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2003. The 25-year-old
    suffered foot and knee injuries his first season in the league and
    played in only two games with the Spurs.

    Phoenix Suns: The Suns extended the contracts of guards
    Leandro Barbosa and Boris Diaw, and lowered their
    preseason roster to 15 players by waiving rookie guard Anthony Lever-Pedroza.

    The team exercised the fourth-year options on the rookie-scale
    contracts of Barbosa and Diaw. Both players will be under contract
    through at least the 2006-07 season, with the Suns holding the right
    of first refusal when the two become restricted free agents in
    summer 2007.

    Barbosa, 22, has averaged 7.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.2
    assists in 133 games over two seasons with the Suns, including 52

    Diaw, 23, was acquired from Atlanta in an Aug. 19 sign-and-trade
    deal that sent Joe Johnson to the Hawks. Diaw averaged 4.6 points,
    3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 142 games (62 starts) in his first
    two seasons with Atlanta.