Campbell originally wanted a Pistons reunion

New Jersey Nets: Veteran center Elden Campbell, acquired on waivers by the Nets on Friday, will report to the team. Campbell, 36, had hoped to clear waivers and return to the Detroit Pistons.

"Elden is going to report," Campbell's agent, Richard Howell, said in a telephone interview with The New York Times. "He never said he wasn't going to report. Never."

Campbell had hinted about retiring -- in which case he would have lost $2.2 million. Nets president Rod Thorn did not make a sales pitch, instead just presented the facts.

"The only thing I said was obviously our team was starting to play better and we have a need. With his size and low post presence and his physicalness, he's a player if he's ready to go could certainly help us," Thorn told the New York Post, stressing "we're three games out of first ... and we're trying to do everything we can to win as many games as we can and we think he can help us."

  • Nets sign Thomas for another 10 days: New Jersey has signed guard Billy Thomas to a second 10-day contract. Thomas, who was signed to an initial 10-day contract Jan. 20, has averaged 6.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in six games with the Nets.

    If the Nets wish to retain Thomas after the second 10-day
    contract, they must sign him for the remainder of the season.

    The 29-year-old scored 12 points on consecutive nights against
    Sacramento and Golden State last week. He shot 5-of-6,
    including 2-of-3 from the 3-point arc, over 18 minutes in a
    113-99 victory over the Warriors on Jan. 26.

    Charlotte Bobcats: Rookie Emeka Okafor
    will miss Tuesday's game at Utah after spraining his ankle Sunday
    against the Lakers.
    Okafor injured his left ankle while battling for a pass in the
    paint with 2:34 remaining in the Bobcats' 101-90 loss to the
    The second overall pick in the NBA draft has played all 41 games of his rookie season, averaging 14.9 points and 11.1 rebounds. He
    has twice been named rookie of the month and was selected last week
    to play in the Rookie Challenge game during NBA All-Star weekend in
    Guard Kareem Rush also sprained his ankle in Sunday's game but
    is probable to play against the Jazz, the team said. Jamal Sampson
    (back spasms) is also listed as probable.

    Atlanta Hawks: The Hawks signed center
    Obinna Ekezie for the remainder of the season.

    Ekezie, 29, originally signed his first 10-day contract with the
    Hawks on January 10 and a second January 20. According to
    league rules, the Hawks had to sign him for the remainder of the
    season if they wished to retain him after the expiration of the
    second contract.

    In 10 games with the club, Ekezie has averaged 1.8 points and
    2.3 rebounds. He had a season-high six points and grabbed three
    rebounds in a 103-95 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on
    January 15.

    A 1999 second-round pick of the Vancouver Grizzlies, Ekezie has
    averaged 2.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 111 career games with
    Vancouver, Washington, Dallas, the Los Angeles Clippers and

    Detroit Pistons: Guard Carlos Arroyo has had successful surgery on his broken nose and is doubtful for the next two games.

    Arroyo broke his nose during a victory over New York on Saturday night, when he was accidentally hit in the face by the Knicks'
    Trevor Ariza.
    After likely missing games Tuesday at Washington and Wednesday against Atlanta, he will be re-evaluated for Saturday's game at New Jersey. The reserve will have to wear a protective mask when he
    Arroyo was acquired from Utah on Jan. 21 for Elden Campbell and a future No. 1 pick. He is averaging 6.6 points, 3.4 assists and
    19.2 minutes a game with the Pistons.

    Seattle SuperSonics: Seattle waived Turkish swingman
    Ibrahim Kutluay on Monday and brought Mateen Cleaves off the
    injured list.

    The Sonics signed the 30-year-old Kutluay to a $3.6 million,
    two-year contract in September after losing free agent Brent Barry
    to San Antonio. Kutluay played just 12 minutes this season and
    didn't score a point, unable to break into the guard rotation of
    Ray Allen, Luke Ridnour and Antonio Daniels.

    Kutluay attracted interest from some NBA teams after scoring 19
    and 26 points in exhibition games against the United States before
    the Athens Olympics.

    Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.