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Hornets' Johnson could be sidelined 2 months

Hornets forward Larry Johnson could be sidelined for two months with a possible stress fracture in his left foot, the club said Wednesday.

Johnson, who has a 12-year, $84-million contract, missed 31 games last season with a deep lower back sprain.

Team doctor Glenn Perry, who is traveling with the Hornets on their weeklong European tour, said a bone scan was performed on Johnson's foot when the team arrived Wednesday in Italy.

The scan revealed "the high probability of a stress fracture," Perry said.

Johnson was removed from Tuesday's game against the Golden State Warriors in Paris after complaining of soreness in his foot.

"Larry will stay with the team for the remainder of the trip and undergo some confirmatory tests upon our return to Charlotte on Saturday," Perry said.

He said if further tests confirm a stress fracture, Johnson's foot will be immobilized for up to eight weeks. No surgery would be necessary, Perry said.

Around the league

Cavaliers: Already scrambling to fill vacancies created by Larry Nance's retirement and Brad Daugherty's bad back, Cleveland learned that starting guard Gerald Wilkins will miss the season because of a ruptured Achilles' tendon.

Wilkins is scheduled for surgery Friday. He tore the tendon Tuesday night during the second quarter of an preseason game against the Celtics in Providence, R.I.

Wilkins averaged 14.3 points last season, starting all 82 games.

Celtics: Boston signed free agent Greg Minor, drafted in the first round in June by the Los Angeles Clippers, who traded him to the Indiana Pacers, who did not sign him and waived their rights to him. The 6-foot-6 Minor, who played at Louisville, is expected to be used at shooting guard.

76ers: Philadelphia center Shawn Bradley re-injured his surgically repaired left knee 31 seconds into an exhibition game with Minnesota on Wednesday night. He banged the knee on a basket support trying to block a shot. The extent of his injury was not immediately known. Bradley missed the second half of last season after undergoing knee surgery.

Cavaliers: Starting guard Gerald Wilkins will miss the season because of a ruptured Achilles' tendon. Wilkins is scheduled for surgery Friday. He tore the tendon Tuesday night during the second quarter of an preseason game against the Celtics in Providence, R.I. Wilkins averaged 14.3 points last season, starting all 82 games.

Rockets: Hakeem Olajuwon played for the first time after missing the first three days of preseason workouts and the preseason opener against Philadelphia because of an injury to his left sinus cavity received in a pickup game. He scored 14 points in a 119-116 victory over Milwaukee.

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