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NBA notebook: Spurs’ Tony Parker out for six weeks

Oklahoman Modified: March 9, 2010 at 4:46 am •  Published: March 9, 2010

Grady had played all nine games since New York acquired him from Houston at last month’s trade deadline, but decided to rest Monday night in the Knicks’ third game in four nights.

McGrady is still trying to get in shape after playing only limited minutes in six games in December after returning from microfracture knee surgery in February 2009. Coach Mike D’Antoni said McGrady will tell him when he’s ready to return, likely Wednesday at San Antonio.

Jefferson back
Al Jefferson returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves after serving a two-game suspension for a DWI arrest. He was arrested early Feb. 28 on suspicion of drunken driving and later apologized.

Jefferson said Monday that these "have been the longest seven days of my life.”

The Timberwolves lost both games without their leading scorer — at Dallas and home against Houston last week.

Thabeet recalled
The Memphis Grizzlies recalled rookie center Hasheem Thabeet from the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League after less than two weeks in the minors. The 7-foot-3 Thabeet was sent to the D-league on Feb. 25. He averaged 13.8 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.17 blocks in six games with Dakota.

Garcia declares for draft
Charles Garcia is wasting no time. The Seattle University forward is declaring for the NBA Draft effective the end of the Redhawks’ season.

The 6-foot-10 forward with skills to play on the perimeter made the announcement on Monday. The Redhawks concluded their regular season Saturday with a 74-64 win over Utah Valley and have a slight chance of playing in one of the smaller postseason tournaments.

Garcia averaged 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game as the Redhawks finished the regular season 17-14. But he caught the attention of NBA scouts early by putting up huge numbers in the first half of the season before tapering off after the new year.

From wire reports