The New Orleans Hornets, off to a 2-24 start, traded shooting guard David Wesley to the Houston Rockets for Jim Jackson and Bostjan Nachbar yesterday. Wesley had played for the...

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NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Hornets, off to a 2-24 start, traded shooting guard David Wesley to the Houston Rockets for Jim Jackson and Bostjan Nachbar yesterday.


Wesley had played for the Hornets since the 1997-98 season, compiling averages of 14.7 points and 4.6 assists. He is the franchise’s career leader in games started and ranks in the top three in 12 other categories.


Wesley averaged 13.9 points and 4.2 assists in 26 games with the Hornets this season.


Jackson, a 13-year veteran who plays both shooting guard and small forward, averaged 13.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 three-pointers per game with Houston this season.


Nachbar, a 6-foot-9 forward, was selected by the Rockets with the 15th pick in the 2002 draft.


“Jim and Bostjan are going to fit well into our system and should be able to help us with their offensive skills,” Hornets general manager Allan Bristow said in a statement. “We’re optimistic that the addition of these two players and the return of some of our injured players will give us a great boost on the court.”


Anthony sits out fifth straight game


OAKLAND, Calif. — Carmelo Anthony is becoming impatient with his injured left ankle.


Denver’s star forward and leading scorer missed his fifth straight game last night when the Nuggets played the Golden State Warriors, but he expects to return Friday when Denver hosts the Philadelphia 76ers in its next game.


“I’m probably 95 percent,” Anthony said. “I know how I feel. These next couple days will get me back.”


The Nuggets opted to sit him another day so Anthony will be assured of having two good practices before Friday’s game.


Anthony, averaging 21.4 points and six rebounds, hasn’t played since spraining his ankle Dec. 17 against the Miami Heat when he stepped on Shaquille O’Neal’s foot.


Anthony has never missed this many games, and it has been especially hard because Denver had lost five in a row and seven of eight before last night.


“Injuries are the worst, especially ankle injuries,” Anthony said. “I don’t use it as an excuse (for our problems). I can’t really put my finger on what’s going on.”




Notes


* The Toronto Raptors placed newly acquired center Alonzo Mourning on the injured list, making room for center Rafael Araujo on the active roster.


Mourning was acquired earlier this month from New Jersey in a trade involving Vince Carter. But Mourning, 34, has not reported to Toronto and might never play for the Raptors because he wants to join a contender. He is in Florida healing various injuries. The Raptors will likely buy out his contract.


* The Utah Jazz placed guard Howard Eisley on the injured list with left Achilles tendinitis and activated guard Keith McLeod.