Team needs player to replace Magloire

New Orleans Hornets: The Hornets have gained a roster exemption following this week's
announcement that center Jamaal Magloire would have to sit out up
to three months with a dislocated right ring finger.

With Magloire on the injured list, the Hornets signed forward Corsley Edwards from the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the Continental Basketball Association.

Magloire injured his hand in the final minute of a loss at
Phoenix on Nov. 26.

The 6-9 Edwards averaged 4.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in two
preseason games with the Orlando Magic this year. He averaged 20.8
points and 11.8 rebounds in four CBA games with the Skyforce.

"Corsley is a physical player who will be able to help us in the frontcourt,'' said general manager Allan Bristow. "He played well with Orlando in the preseason and was dominant in the CBA when we signed him."

The Hornets needed an exemption to place Magloire on the injured list, which normally is limited to three players. Jamal Mashburn, Baron Davis and Rodney Rogers already were on injured reserve when Magloire got hurt.

Coach Byron Scott said he would like to have New Jersey Nets' center Aaron Williams if a trade could be worked out.

Dallas Mavericks: The Dallas Mavericks, seeking depth at point guard, will acquire veteran Darrell Armstrong from New Orleans in a trade for the inexperienced Dan Dickau, the Mavs announced Friday.

Armstrong's ability to push the ball appeals to the Mavericks, who want to ease pressure on rookie guard Devin Harris. The Mavericks have faded to 11-6 after a 7-1 start and have struggled in the halfcourt and on the fastbreak with either Harris or Jason Terry at the point.

Dickau was not considered part of the Mavericks' future plans. Dallas acquired him as a salary-cap makeweight in the sign-and-trade deal with Golden State that landed center Erick Dampier.

The Hornets' motivation to deal appears to be largely financial. Off to a 1-13 start, and with three All-Stars injured -- Baron Davis, Jamaal Magliore and Jamal Mashburn -- New Orleans can save nearly $1.4 million in salary this season and take a stab at developing the younger Dickau. The Hornets will be the sixth team in just over two seasons to hold the rights to the former Gonzaga star, who was selected 28th overall in the 2002 draft by Sacramento on behalf of Atlanta.

Armstrong, 36, is averaging 10.1 points and 4.6 assists for the Hornets but shooting just 33.3 percent from the field -- 24.3 percent on 3-pointers. His contract expires after the season.

Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com senior NBA writer Marc Stein was used in this report.