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Cornell, Henderson released by Jazz

The Jazz trimmed their roster to 15 on Friday, waiving free agents Peter Cornell and Cedric Henderson.

Twelve of the 15 who remain have guaranteed contracts, and one other, point guard Keith McLeod, has $250,000 of his one-year, $750,000 deal guaranteed as well.

Also surviving were free agent guard Jason Miskiri, who has missed Utah's last three exhibition games with a sprained lower back, and free agent Aleksandar Radojevic, a 7-foot-3 center who played briefly with the Toronto Raptors.

Both Miskiri and Radojevic will travel with the Jazz on their upcoming road trip, a three-game preseason-ending visit to Detroit, Philadelphia and New York. A Nov. 1 roster deadline looms for the Jazz, who probably will carry at least 13 but no more than 14 players to start the season.

Cornell, a 6-11 big man from Loyola Marymount, has gone to training camp with five different teams, but has yet to play a regular-season NBA game. He appeared in just one preseason game for the Jazz.

Henderson, a small forward, has logged 260 NBA games for four teams over five seasons. He played in Utah's first three exhibition games, but shot just 20 percent on 3-of-15 from the field.

Both cuts were made early Friday, prior to the Jazz's 101-88 win over Sacramento at the Delta Center.

COLLINS UPDATE: A sprained left wrist kept Jazz big man Jarron Collins from playing Friday, but he was able to shoot with little pain prior to the preseason game.

Collins, who expects to return to practice sometime next week, actually tore a ligament in his wrist. Second-opinions sought from two different doctors, however, suggest the sprain is not particularly serious.

"They both said the same thing — that I tore a ligament, but it's not a bad tear," Collins said Friday. "I should be okay for opening night."

The Jazz open the regular season Nov. 3 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

LOPEZ UPDATE: Jazz backup point guard Raul Lopez is making steady progress in efforts to strengthen the weak quadricep and hamstring muscles around his twice surgically reconstructed right knee, a Jazz spokesman said Friday.

In fact, Lopez may be able to return to practice sometime next week — and will travel today with the team to Detroit. Collins will make the trip, too.

ABSENT KINGS: Sacramento played Friday night without former Jazz center Greg Ostertag, who remains out with the broken bone in his right hand that was sustained prior to the start of training camp.

But Ostertag, who left Utah for Sacramento as a free agent this past summer, was hardly the only missing King.

Regulars Doug Christie, Chris Webber and Peja Stojakovic all did not make the trip. Christie has been out all preseason with plantar faciitis; Webber and Stojakovic essentially were given the night off by Kings coach Rick Adelman.


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