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Hawks sign vet Pargo for backcourt depth

The Atlanta Hawks, looking for point guard depth while Kirk Hinrich recovers from shoulder surgery, signed seven-year veteran Jannero Pargo Tuesday. Jeff Teague is expected to open the season as the Hawks' starting point guard. Pargo, who most recently played for the Chicago Bulls in the 2009-10 season, gives Atlanta another contender for a backup spot. Pargo signed with the Bulls on March 20 but didn't appear in a game last season. He played in 63 games with Chicago in the 2009-10 season and averaged 5.5 points and 1.4 assists. The 6-1 Pargo previously played with the Bulls from 2004-06 and has also been with the Lakers, Raptors and Hornets.

Arthur to miss season

Memphis forward Darrell Arthur will miss the season after an MRI exam confirmed a torn right Achilles tendon. The 6-9, 235-pound Arthur was hurt in practice Sunday and had the exam Monday. The team says he is scheduled for surgery within the next week. Arthur, 23, averaged career highs with 9.1 points, 49.7 field goal percentage, 0.79 blocks and 20.1 minutes over 80 games last season. He averaged 7.1 points and 15.5 minutes during the Grizzlies' 13 playoff games last spring.

Paul, Clippers set TV mark

Chris Paul's debut with the Los Angeles Clippers was the most-watched preseason game in NBA TV history. The Clippers' 114-95 victory over the Lakers on Monday night drew 509,000 viewers, a network spokesman. The previous record of 501,000 viewers came when the Miami Heat beat Detroit on Oct. 10, 2010, in their first game with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

-- AP

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