ORLANDO - Magic All-Star forward Grant Hill was expected to miss three to six weeks after he has surgery for a sports hernia.
Hill, Orlando's second-leading scorer last season, saw several specialists after he was pulled from the lineup Oct. 19. The club said Thursday that Dr. William Myers would operate next week in Philadelphia.
"It's better than three to six months or three to six years," Hill said.
He told reporters earlier this week that he sustained the lower abdominal injury a few weeks before training camp began Oct. 4. A sports hernia is different from a true hernia. A sports hernia is a pulled groin muscle that worsens over time and affects the abdominal wall.
Last season was Hill's best for the Magic. Finally healed from an ankle injury that kept him off the court most of the previous four seasons, he hit a career-best 50 percent and averaged 19.7 points, making a sixth All-Star game appearance.
HEAT 104, MAGIC 90: Dwyane Wade scored 25 points and Shaquille O'Neal added 19 points in 21 minutes for visiting Miami.
Steve Francis had 22 points and eight assists for Orlando, which finished the exhibition season 4-3. Hedo Turkoglu added 14 points and eight rebounds.
GRIZZLIES 99, HAWKS 84: Pau Gasol had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead Memphis in Chattanooga, Tenn.
SPURS 101, SIXERS 98: Tim Duncan had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead host San Antonio.
Sixers guard Allen Iverson did not play for the fourth time in the past five games due to a right knee injury.
HORNETS 89, ROCKETS 88: P.J. Brown put back Speedy Claxton's missed layup with 0.4 seconds left as New Orleans beat Houston for its first win in Oklahoma City.
MAVERICKS 103, PISTONS 97: Keith Van Horn scored 22 points for host Dallas.
BULLS: Chicago waived rookie forward Randy Holcomb,
CAVS: Guard Kelenna Azubuike and centers Obinna Ekezie and Jahidi White were waived.
HORNETS: New Orleans waived guard Alex Garcia, who played in eight games for the team last season.
JAZZ: Center Robert Whaley was suspended two games without pay by the league for punching Adam Parada of the Los Angeles Lakers during a preseason game.
NUGGETS: Denver waived centers Eric Chenowith and Nigel Dixon and forwards Mark Pope and Theron Smith.
RAPTORS: Toronto released guard Corey Williams and center Toree Morris.
SUNS: Phoenix extended the contracts of guards Leandro Barbosa and Boris Diaw and waived rookie guard Anthony Lever-Pedroza.
TIMBERWOLVES: Point guards Lionel Chalmers and John Lucas and forward Ryan Humphrey were waived. Forward Kevin Garnett returned to practice after missing Wednesday's game against Chicago with a sprained ankle.
WIZARDS: Washington used a fourth-year option on swingman Jarvis Hayes, who averaged 10.2 points a game last season, keeping him under contract through the 2006-07 season. The Wizards also released forward Hiram Fuller and guard Billy Thomas.
STOCKTON HONORED: John Stockton, who grew up in Spokane and attended Gonzaga Prep High School and Gonzaga University before having a successful 19-year career with the Utah Jazz, was inducted into the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame in Spokane, Wash.