NEW YORK — The Orlando Magic and New Orleans Hornets will play a preseason game in Mexico City.
The game will be a homecoming for the Magic’s Gustavo Ayon, a Mexican who was dealt from New Orleans to Orlando earlier this month.
Hosted by the Mexico City Arena on Oct. 7, the game will be the NBA’s 18th in Mexico City and 20th in the country, most for anyplace outside the United States and Canada.
There will be nine international games in October involving 10 NBA teams.
Boston GETS G Lee FROM HOUSTON: The Houston Rockets are sending shooting guard Courtney Lee to Boston in a multi-team trade.
The Rockets will receive a second-round pick in next year’s draft from Boston, via Charlotte, forward JaJuan Johnson, guard E’Twaun Moore and forward/center Sean Williams. Houston will also acquire the rights to guard Job Diebler from Portland. The Celtics completed the deal by trading guard/forward Sasha Pavlovic to Portland.
Houston previously withdrew a qualifying offer for Lee, which made him an unrestricted free agent. The 6-foot-5 Lee played two seasons in Houston, averaging 9.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 139 games.
The Rockets continued to reshape their roster after introducing Jeremy Lin at a press conference on Thursday. Houston is also expected to sign Bulls center Omer Asik to a three-year, $25 million offer sheet.
Kidd apologizes for arrest on DWI charge: In New York, Jason Kidd has apologized on Twitter for his arrest on a drunken-driving charge after an accident last week.
Days after signing with the Knicks, Kidd crashed his SUV into a telephone pole in the Hamptons on Sunday, Southampton Town police said. He was treated at a hospital for minor injuries after the 2010 Cadillac Escalade he was driving hit a pole and veered into the woods around 2 a.m.
Kidd writes Friday that he regrets “any disruption my accident last weekend may have caused members of the community and want to thank the local authorities.”
In another posting, Kidd also thanks his family and friends for their support.
Juwan Howard undecided on next season: In Miami Beach, Fla., Juwan Howard is still deciding whether he wants to return for a 19th NBA season.
The forward who spent the past two seasons with Miami says he resumed working out a few days after the Heat’s championship celebration, just in case he decides he wants to play again. Howard is a free agent, though has indicated he would stay with the Heat if they want him back.
Howard turns 40 next Feb. 7. He has appeared in 85 regular-season and 20 playoff games with Miami in a reserve role. This season’s championship was the first pro title for Howard, part of Michigan’s famed “Fab Five” in the early 1990s.
Howard has 16,138 career points, putting him 16th among active NBA players and 91st in league history, according to STATS LLC.