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The Charlotte Bobcats acquired forward Hakim Warrick from the New Orleans Hornets for guard Matt Carroll on Tuesday.

In 499 games over eight NBA seasons with five teams, the 6-foot-9 Warrick has averaged 9.5 points and 4.1 rebounds with a .494 field goal percentage.

“We are very excited to add a player of Hakim’s ability and overall NBA experience,” Bobcats President Rod Higgins said. “His athleticism allows him to play multiple positions, which will make for a smooth transition into our current roster and style of play under coach Mike Dunlap.”

Warrick played in only one game this season after being acquired by the Hornets in July.

Carroll, a nine-year NBA veteran, hasn’t been in Charlotte’s rotation.

Warrick’s salary is $4 million this year, and the Bobcats hold a $4 million option for next season. Carroll is earning $3.5 million this season.

Budinger has surgery

Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Chase Budinger will miss the next three to four months while recovering from surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.

Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery Tuesday, three days after Budinger was injured in a game against the Chicago Bulls.

Minnesota is already playing without Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, J.J. Barea and Brandon Roy because of injuries. Nikola Pekovic sprained his left ankle Monday against Dallas but is hopeful to be back this week.

Budinger emerged as a valuable perimeter player in his first season in Minnesota. He is averaging 11.8 points and had helped fill in for Roy, who has missed two straight games with knee soreness.

All-Star voting starts

Voting has begun for the NBA All-Star Game. For the first time, fans can participate through Twitter and Facebook.

The 120-play ballot, featuring 60 players from each conference, was announced Tuesday in Houston, site of the All-Star Game on Feb. 17, 2013.

Fans can vote for one player each day by tweeting his first and last name along with the hashtag NBABALLOT.

There is a custom application on Facebook that allows fans to fill out one full ballot per day.

Voting can also still be done on NBA.com, through text messaging by texting the player’s last name to 6-9-6-2-2 (MYNBA).

The All-Star ballot is presented by Sprint.

Balloting runs through Jan. 14, and starters will be announced Jan. 17.

Grizzlies assistant dies

The Memphis Grizzlies announced that assistant general manager Kenny Williamson has died of cancer. He was 65.

The Grizzlies released a statement Tuesday after Williamson’s wife, Nicole, notified team officials.

Nicknamed “Eggman” in basketball circles, Williamson had just begun his sixth season with the Grizzlies.

He previously spent three seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats. Williamson also worked as a New York Knicks scout from 1997-2003.


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