NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon, who has not played this season because of knee surgery, has been cleared for contact practice.
No timetable has been established for his return.
Shortly before the Hornets were to face Indiana on Saturday, Hornets general manager Dell Demps said Gordon would begin full contact practice with the team next week and officials would monitor his progress.
``We're going to put him in situations (during practice) and will evaluate him,'' Demps said, adding that once he returns, ``it would not be smart to play him 48 minutes.''
Gordon said Wednesday he would return to the lineup by the end of December, but Demps only said, ``I'm glad he said that.''
Gordon was scheduled to be on the Hornets bench against the Pacers, the first time he was appearing in New Orleans Arena since early in the season.
Gordon has been rehabbing his right knee in Los Angeles since Nov. 7.
His return will be welcomed by Hornets coach Monty Williams as he has watched his team enter Saturday's game against the Pacers on a 10-game losing streak.
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.
The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.
The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.
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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001.
He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.
He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.
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