Roy Tarpley, the former Dallas Mavericks star center whose NBA career was cut short by drug abuse, died. He was 50.
A Tarrant County medical examiner's report says Tarpley died Friday afternoon at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. No cause of death was given in the online report.
The 7-foot Tarpley was the seventh pick in the 1986 NBA draft out of Michigan. He played for the Mavs until October 1991, when he was kicked out of the NBA for using cocaine.
He played in Greece until the NBA reinstated him in 1994. He signed a six-year, $20 million contract with the Mavericks but was permanently banned from the NBA in December 1995 for using alcohol and violating the terms of a court-imposed personal aftercare program.
Tarpley averaged 12.6 points and 10.0 rebounds in 280 career NBA games.
The 76ers have suspended forward Andrei Kirilenko for not reporting to the team after his trade from the Nets last month.
Coach Brett Brown confirmed the suspension during a shootaround before Friday night's game in Brooklyn. He says he had been looking forward to coaching Kirilenko.
It's not clear why the former Timberwolf hasn't joined the Sixers since the Dec. 11 trade. The deal sent forward Brandon Davies to the Nets for Kirilenko, a second-round pick in the 2020 draft, guard Jorge Gutierrez and cash.
Kirilenko hasn't played since Nov. 13 and has played sparingly in seven games this season. He has cited family matters as part of the reason for his absence.
The Bucks signed 37-year-old Kenyon Martin to replenish a depleted frontcourt, reuniting the forward with former Nets teammate and current Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd.
Martin signed a 10-day contract. The team waived former South Dakota State guard Nate Wolters to make room on the roster.
Martin played 32 games last season for the New York Knicks before becoming a free agent. He worked out for the Bucks last week.
Martin has averaged 12.5 points and 6.9 rebounds over 14 seasons. He might get immediate playing time after the Bucks lost rookie Jabari Parker to a season-ending left knee injury last month. Forward Ersan Ilyasova is also recovering from a concussion and center Larry Sanders is out for personal reasons.
•The Suns made a move to beef up their front line by acquiring Brandan Wright from the Celtics for a protected first-round draft pick. The 6-10 forward averaged 7.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 35 games this season for Dallas and Boston.