INDIANAPOLIS — Tyler Hansbrough could miss up to two months with a right shin injury, but the Indiana Pacers believe their first-round draft pick will be healthy enough for the start of the season.
The Pacers did not provide details of the injury Friday other than to say the 6-foot-9 forward is expected to miss six to eight weeks ahead of the season. The NBA regular season begins Oct. 27.
Indiana said Hansbrough hurt the shin last season, his final year at North Carolina.
The Pacers took Hansbrough at No. 13 overall in last month's draft and signed him to a three-year contract.
Hansbrough led the Tar Heels to the national championship last season and finished his career as the ACC's career scoring leader.
BUCKS TO SIGN WARRICK: Forward Hakim Warrick has agreed to a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. The former Syracuse star played the last four seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 11.6 points and 5.0 rebounds in 82 games last season.
Duffy said the Grizzlies' decision to rescind a tender offer they made to Warrick as a restricted free agent is a sign of tough economic times for NBA teams.
Terms were not released because the deal has not been completed, but its value is expected to exceed $3 million. The agreement was reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and yahoo.com earlier Friday.
NUGGETS, BUCKS SWAP PLAYERS: The Denver Nuggets have acquired Malik Allen from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Walter Sharpe and Sonny Weems.
Allen played in 49 games for Milwaukee last season, averaging 3.2 points and 2.1 rebounds. In 409 games over an eight-year career, he has averaged 5.4 points and 3 rebounds. He also played for Miami, Charlotte, Chicago, New Jersey and Dallas.
Sharpe came to the Nuggets in a July 13 trade after spending his rookie season in Detroit, where he appeared in eight games and averaged 1 point. Weems appeared in 12 games for the Nuggets last season, averaging 1.6 points.
CELTICS WAIVE PRUITT: The Boston Celtics are requesting waivers on guard Gabe Pruitt, the team announced Friday. Pruitt, a second-year player, was chosen by the Celtics with the 32nd pick in the 2007 draft.
The 6-foot-4, 170-pound guard averaged 2 points per game in 62 games. He last played for the Celtics during this year's Orlando Summer League, posting an average of 10.6 points, 4.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
In February, the Celtics suspended guard Pruitt for two games after he was arrested in Hollywood, Calif., for misdemeanor drunken driving.
CLIPPERS WAIVE TAYLOR: The Los Angeles Clippers have waived guard Mike Taylor. Taylor played in 51 games for the Clippers last season, making five starts and averaging 5.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 15.1 minutes.
The first-year player was drafted by Portland on June 26, 2008, and then traded to the Clippers for a 2009 second-round draft pick.