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BRAND RUPTURES ACHILLES' TENDON

Clippers forward Elton Brand ruptured his left Achilles' tendon Friday during his daily workout.

"It's unfortunate that this had to happen," general manager Elgin Baylor said in a statement. "But knowing Elton and how dedicated he is to his profession and how hard he works, I believe he'll be back 100 percent as good as ever."

Brand, an eight-year veteran out of Duke, is expected to have surgery next week. He will likely be out only six months instead of the typical year, as revealed by a preliminary medical indication.

Last month, Brand withdrew from the U.S. national team because of an injury.

Brand, 28, joins teammate Shaun Livingston as players on the long-term injury list for the Clippers. The difference between the players' injuries is that Livingston's is considered career-threatening.

Livingston is out indefinitely after dislocating his left kneecap in an awkward landing that caused damage to almost every part of the knee, ESPN.com reports.

LEBRON'S FIRST CLIENT - TED GINN: Cavaliers All-Star forward LeBron James has signed Ted Ginn, the former Ohio State speedster now a rookie wide receiver for the Dolphins, to a marketing contract. Ginn is the first athlete signed by LRMR Marketing, James' budding sports marketing company. James formed the marketing firm two years ago with childhood friends Richard Paul, Maverick Carter and Randy Mims. The company takes its name from the initials of the foursome's first names. LRMR is hoping to enhance Ginn's image with business ventures, such as acquiring a shoe and apparel deal for him.

HORNETS: Free agent guard Jannero Pargo agreed to a two-year contract with the team as a backup guard. The deal is reportedly worth nearly $4-million with a player option in the second year.

MAVERICKS: The team agreed to a two-year, $4-million deal with guard-forward Eddie Jones.

TIMBERWOLVES: The team finalized its buyout of Troy Hudson's contract. It will pay the guard just under $6-million this season and just more than $6.3-million next season

WARRIORS: Center Kosta Perovic, the 38th pick in the draft, and forward Austin Croshere were signed.

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