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From Wire Reports Modified: October 6, 2009 at 4:48 am •  Published: October 6, 2009

/> Team officials said the procedure to insert a screw in Lopez’s foot will be performed today at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.

Lopez, picked 15th by the Suns in 2008, averaged three points and two rebounds in 60 games as a rookie last season.

Phoenix plays the Thunder at the Ford Center on Oct. 12 in Oklahoma City’s preseason home opener.

Utah’s Miles needs surgery
Utah Jazz shooting guard C.J. Miles has a ruptured ligament in his left thumb and will need surgery. The team said Miles injured his shooting hand in a fall during practice at London’s O2 Arena, where Utah plays the Chicago Bulls in a preseason game today.

The Jazz won’t know how long Miles will be out until after the surgery.

Utah opens the regular season Oct. 28 in Denver.

Miles averaged a career-high 9.1 points last season and scored 16 Thursday night in Utah’s preseason opener against Denver.

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