NBA Notes: Celtics' Barbosa out for season with torn ACL

NBA Notes: Celtics' Barbosa out for season with torn ACL
February 12, 2013, 8:00 pm
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The 76ers visit the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night for their final game before the All-Star break. Despite a difficult season to date, the 76ers are still in the playoff hunt heading into the break (see story).

Here is a look at the other news around the league:

Another Celtic down
The Boston Celtics on Monday lost another player to a season-ending injury after Leandro Barbosa tore his ACL in a third quarter loss to the Bobcats, reports CSNNE.com's A. Sherrod Blakely (via ProBasketballTalk).

Barbosa had recently seen an increase in minutes following the loss of Rajon Rondo.

The Celtics are down to 10 healthy players, including rookie Fab Melo, who has appeared in just two games this season.

Blakely reports the Celtics will be in the market for a backup point guard via the D-League, a trade or free agency.

Barbosa averaged 5.2 points, 1.4 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 41 games with the Celtics this season.

Rose still 'far away'
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose says he's "far away" from returning from knee surgery.

Sidelined all season, Rose has been practicing and traveling with the team. But, in an interview with USA Today posted on Tuesday, he says he has no specific timetable for a return.

Rose says he's not coming back until he's "110 percent" and adds, "Who knows when that will be?" He says it could be any day, within a few weeks or even next year. Asked how close he is to 110 percent, he responded "probably in the high 80s. Far away. Far away."

Rose tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during last year's playoff-opening win over Philadelphia, and the top-seeded Bulls wound up losing to the 76ers.

West skips out on D-League
DALLAS -- Delonte West hasn't joined the Texas Legends more than two weeks after the NBA Development League team acquired his rights.

West was picked up by the affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 25, though Mavericks owner Mark Cuban flatly ruled out a return to the team that suspended the veteran guard twice in two weeks before waiving him in October.

Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, a co-owner of the Legends, says the "door is open" but he hasn't had any contact with a new agent for West.

"He's got a big heart and deserves a second chance with someone," Nelson said. "He needs to play, whether it's here or overseas."

West, who has bipolar disorder, was a valuable role player in a veteran backcourt for Dallas last season. His preseason playing time in October was limited behind younger guards Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo.

West was waived after two suspensions for conduct detrimental to the team. He was involved in a pair of locker room incidents during the preseason and was on his second straight one-year contract for the veteran minimum, which was $1.2 million this season.

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