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Michael Jordan will miss the Chicago Bulls' final three exhibition games after having ingrown toenails removed. But he should be ready for the regular-season opener Oct. 31, the team said.

"It was decided that it was better for me to have the toenails removed now and thus be ready for the opening of the season," Jordan said. "I'm looking forward to being back on the court next week and starting defense of our championship."

Jordan, the NBA's nine-time scoring leader, will miss preseason games Wednesday against Philadelphia, Friday against Philadelphia at Chapel Hill, N.C., and Saturday against Sacramento.

In other news involving the Bulls, Dennis Rodman and his agent, Dwight Manley, had separate meetings with Bulls general manager Jerry Krause on Monday, but there was no word that the NBA's six-time rebounding leader had signed a contract.

Rodman, who is threatening to sit out the start of the regular season if certain incentive clauses aren't rewritten or eliminated, wasn't available for comment Monday. Krause and Manley refused to talk to reporters.

Krause and Manley announced Oct. 10 that Rodman had agreed to terms on a one-year contract but since then Rodman has become unhappy with the wording of incentives.

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