Chandler expecting more minutesCenter Tyson Chandler said Thursday that he is expecting to record a career-high in minutes played this season. "I'm definitely looking to play some career minutes, and I'm excited about it," Chandler said. "I feel like I've got a lot to offer and a lot to bring to the table. I feel like it's going to show the more I play." In his first five seasons with the Chicago Bulls, the 24-year-old Chandler never averaged more than 27.4 minutes. Perhaps a sign of what's to come, 36-year-old PJ Brown, last season's starting center for 75 games, averaged 31.7 minutes. • Flores, McFadgon waived: The Hornets waived guards Scooter McFadgon and Luis Flores. Both players signed as free agents on Oct. 1, just before the start of training camp. Flores averaged 2.0 assists and 7.0 minutes in three preseason games. McFadgon averaged 3.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 13.3 minutes also in three preseason games. • Mason ill, misses practice: Forward Desmond Mason was not at practice Thursday because of illness, according to coach Byron Scott. It was unclear what type of ailment Mason had. "He just came in and looked like he shouldn't be here," Scott said. "So we sent him home." Scott said team trainer Terry Kofler gave Mason some medicine, and he is hopeful that Mason is healthy enough to rejoin practice today. • Graham picked up: The Portland Trail Blazers have claimed former Oklahoma State forward Stephen Graham off waivers from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Graham played in 22 games last season as a rookie with Chicago, Houston and Cleveland. • Macijauskas mouthing off again: Former Hornets guard Arvydas Macijauskas criticized the Hornets and the NBA recently through the press over in Europe. When asked if he put the events of last season behind him, Macijauskas responded: "I want to forget that year. Everything went wrong. A really bad coach, a bad franchise. At the end of the season, I didn't even think of returning to New Orleans next season. From the third game on, I was already sentenced to zero minutes for the rest of the year. "The NBA isn't funny. Teams are (not) teams. There's not true commitment between the teammates. " After leaving his native Lithuania to sign with the Hornets as a free agent before the start of last season, Macijauskas played in just 19 games and averaged 2.3 points. By Darnell Mayberry
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