National Basketball Association roundup
Aug 4 (The Sports Xchange) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer announced Friday that Doc Rivers will no longer be the team's president of basketball operations, allowing him to concentrate on his primary coaching duties.
Ballmer said Lawrence Frank, the team's executive vice president, will assume responsibility for basketball operations. Frank also will oversee general manager Dave Wohl.
Former New York Knicks standout Charles Oakley accepted a plea deal to dismiss misdemeanor charges stemming from a February incident at Madison Square Garden.
Oakley was arrested and charged with five misdemeanors -- two for assault, two for harassment and one for trespassing -- in the altercation in which security physically removed him from the arena at the start of a Feb. 8 game. The incident stemmed from a longstanding dispute Oakley had with Knicks owner James Dolan.
The Detroit Pistons signed Jason Maxiell to a contract, allowing the team's former forward to retire as a member of the organization.
Drafted 26th overall by Detroit in the 2005 NBA Draft out Cincinnati, the 6-foot-7, 260-pound Maxiell spent eight seasons with the Pistons, averaging 6.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 19.1 minutes in 523 games.