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NBA NOTEBOOK: Iverson wants to resume career, Yao granted exception

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

Allen Iverson says he expects to play basketball again once he has a lesion in his right leg examined in the United States.

Iverson posted on his Twitter page Friday that he was returning home for examinations, and possibly surgery. Iverson says he has no plans to retire.

Iverson signed with the Turkish team Besiktas after no NBA team expressed interest in the 11-time NBA All-Star

Gary Moore, Iverson's longtime manager, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Iverson was expected to miss four to six weeks. Moore says Iverson was hoping to rejoin his Turkish team in time for the postseason.

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NBA GRANTS EXCEPTION FOR YAO:

HOUSTON -- The NBA has granted a disabled player salary exception to the Houston Rockets in the wake of Yao Ming's latest season-ending injury.

Yao underwent surgery on Jan. 6 to repair a stress fracture in his left ankle. The disabled player exception allows the Rockets to acquire a free agent, or trade for a player without having to match salaries, up to the value of the midlevel exception (about $5.765 million).

KRIV-TV first reported that the Rockets had been granted the exception. Houston must use it by Jan. 31 or it will expire.

The Rockets were granted the same exception after Yao missed last season following reconstructive foot surgery. Houston used that money (about $5.7 million) to sign swingman Trevor Ariza. Houston traded Ariza to New Orleans after one season as part of a four-team deal that brought Courtney Lee to the Rockets.

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BOGUT'S GIFT:

MILWAUKEE -- Bucks center Andrew Bogut is offering fans an 'NBA Dream Package' on eBay to raise money for communities in Australia after the recent floods.

The former No. 1 overall pick will fly four people from anywhere in the world to Los Angeles and Milwaukee.

The package includes four nights in Los Angeles with tickets to a Lakers home game and Universal Studios. It also includes four nights in Milwaukee where Bogut will give a tour of the Bucks training center, provide courtside seats to a game and go out to dinner with the winner.

He's also giving away autographed jerseys, game worn shoes and other memorabilia.

Bogut says all auction proceeds will go toward the Premier's Disaster Relief Fund.