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By Darnell Mayberry Published: October 27, 2006
Chandler expecting more minutes
Center 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.

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