Notebook: Pacers PG Collison to undergo knee surgery

Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and miss two to three weeks, the team announced Monday.

Collison will have his left knee repaired, according to the club. Collison was injured during Saturday’s win over the Philadelphia 76ers. The seriousness of the injury was detected during an MRI exam.

The 30-year-old Collison is averaging 12.8 points and 5.3 assists in 52 games this season.

–Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell has been selected to participate in the Slam Dunk contest during All-Star Weekend as a replacement for Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon, who withdrew with a hip injury. Gordon was the runner-up in the 2016 NBA Slam Dunk contest.

“When I found out, I was excited,” Mitchell told reporters. “I have a couple of ideas. I’ve been Googling YouTube and watching old dunk contests. I’m definitely excited to participate.”

Mitchell will join a dunk-competition field that includes All-Star Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers, forward Larry Nance Jr. of the hometown Los Angeles Lakers and rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks.

–Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says “there’s no doubt” his slumping team will make the playoffs despite 12 losses in the last 18 games, including another blowout loss on Saturday.

Cleveland (30-21) trailed the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference by 7 1/2 games heading into Monday night, while only leading the No. 9-seeded Detroit Pistons by five games.

“I mean, we’re still going to make the playoffs,” Lue said, via ESPN. “There’s no doubt about that. We’re still confident in that for sure. It’s too early for that, but, I don’t think we’ll be knocked out of (making) the playoffs.”

–Center Robin Lopez could be the next veteran traded by the Chicago Bulls.

Lopez is drawing heavy interest and is viewed as highly likely to be traded this week, the Chicago Tribune reported. The Bulls sent forward Nikola Mirotic to the New Orleans Pelicans last week, receiving a first-round pick, Tony Allen, Jameer Nelson and Omer Asik in return.

Lopez is under contract through the 2018-19 season and will make $14.4 million in the final year of his deal. He’s averaging 12.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

–The New Orleans Pelicans announced the signing of guard DeAndre Liggins.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, but the contract is guaranteed the rest of this season and non-guaranteed in 2018-19, according to multiple reports.

The Pelicans had previously signed Liggins to two 10-day contracts in January, with the most recent of the pacts ending Jan. 30. The 29-year-old has appeared in four games for New Orleans this season, averaging 4.3 points in 12.8 minutes per game.

–Field Level Media

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