Now­itzki out for sea­son opener

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Dirk Now­itzki’s de­but in his record 21st sea­son with the Dal­las Mavericks won’t be in the opener.

Coach Rick Carlisle said Fri­day the 40-year-old Now­itzki will miss “mul­ti­ple weeks” with a longer-than-ex­pected re­cov­ery from left an­kle surgery in April. The Mavericks open the sea­son Wed­nes­day in Phoenix.

Now­itzki said he had a set­back when he started play­ing again about a week be­fore train­ing camp. He hasn’t prac­ticed in the pre­sea­son. The surgery just be­fore the end of last sea­son was to re­move bone spurs.

Carlisle said the 13-time All­Star was do­ing bet­ter but hasn’t done any sig­nif­i­cant work on the court.

But­ler not at T-wolves shootaround: Jimmy But­ler was not with the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves for their Fri­day morn­ing shootaround in Mil­wau­kee, a few hours ahead of their pre­sea­son fi­nale.

But­ler has de­manded a trade but re­turned to prac­tice with the team on Wed­nes­day, a ses­sion that fea­tured the dis­grun­tled star ver­bally chal­leng­ing team­mates and coaches.

Coach Tom Thi­bodeau said But­ler was not sus­pended and was do­ing con­di­tion­ing work in Min­neapo­lis.

Asked if But­ler would play in Min­nesota’s reg­u­lar-sea­son opener at San An­to­nio next Wed­nes­day, Thi­bodeau said: “The sit­u­a­tion re­mains fluid.”

Clip­pers sign Ar­tis: The Clip­pers have signed guard Jamel Ar­tis, who spent last sea­son on a two-way con­tract with the Or­lando Magic.

Ar­tis av­er­aged 5.1 points, 2.5 re­bounds and 1.2 as­sists in 15 games for the Magic.

The 25-year-old guard started all 46 games he ap­peared in for the Lakeland Magic, av­er­ag­ing 19.5 points, 5.8 re­bounds and 2.4 as­sists while shoot­ing 46 per­cent from the field.

Ar­tis played col­le­giately at Pitts­burgh.

The move was an­nounced Fri­day.

Heat, Winslow agree on ex­ten­sion: Jus­tise Winslow has agreed to a $39 mil­lion, three­year ex­ten­sion with the Mi­ami Heat.

A per­son with di­rect knowl­edge of the agree­ment con­firmed the terms to the As­so­ci­ated Press. The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause Winslow isn’t sign­ing the con­tract un­til this week­end.

Winslow av­er­aged 7.5 points and 5.3 re­bounds on 41 per­cent shoot­ing over his first three sea­sons, play­ing mostly as a re­serve. He was the No. 10 pick in the 2015 draft out of Duke.

The con­tract means the Heat salary com­mit­ments for the sea­son, when Winslow’s ex­ten­sion would be­gin, are about $135 mil­lion for 10 play­ers.

Kin Che­ung / As­so­ci­ated Press

Dirk Now­itzki, 40, is re­cov­er­ing from left an­kle surgery and will be side­lined for Dal­las’ opener Wed­nes­day in Phoenix.

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