Basketball

Heat adds veteran Stackhouse

Jerry Stackhouse has an opportunity to create new memories in South Florida.

Perhaps best remembered in Miami for his suspension from Game 5 of the 2006 NBA Finals while with the Dallas Mavericks, the veteran guard was added Saturday by the Heat as a replacement for sidelined sixth man Mike Miller.

“He’s a proven guy in this league, has always been proven,” forward LeBron James said of the 35-year-old veteran known for his ability to work his way to the foul line and stretch the defense with his shooting. “He’s a guy that can score, if he’s in the starting lineup or if he’s coming off the bench.”

Stackhouse was signed to a one-year, $1.4 million veteran’s minimum contract a day after the Heat learned Miller would be out until at least January because of a fracture and ligament damage to his right thumb.

“I think he proved last year, coming back with the Bucks, he’s a very productive player,” said guard Dwyane Wade, who had his first full practice with the Heat on Saturday since straining his right hamstring Oct. 5. “He’s a matchup problem in the post, also. He can stretch the floor, shoot the ball very well, a guy who’s 6-6, 6-7.”

HORNETS GET BAYLESS

The New Orleans Hornets acquired point guard Jerryd Bayless from the Portland Trail Blazers for a conditional future first-round pick.

The deal gives Bayless a chance to back up All-Star Chris Paul and reunites him with new Hornets coach Monty Williams, an assistant in Portland the past two seasons.

Bayless was taken by Indiana with the No. 11 pick in the 2008 draft out of Arizona and traded to Portland in a draft-day trade. He made 11 starts last season, averaging 12.6 points, and has scored 6.8 points per game for his career.

WILLIAMS PRACTICES

Orlando point guard Jason Williams has reached another signpost in his recovery from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Williams participated in the Magic’s three-hour practice Saturday. It was his first practice with his teammates since the first day of training camp on Sept. 28.

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