Indiana likely is asking for Maggette and Chris Wilcox for Artest, but the Clippers do not want to depart with both players, considering Artest’s behavioral problems that included a 72-game suspension for igniting a brawl in Detroit last season. Surgery possible: Maggette is not due back far about six weeks and is not expected to have a cast removed until three weeks. Season-ending surgery is a possibility, but coach Mike Dunleavy said that doctors believe there is only about a 10-15 percent chance that Maggette will need it. Maggette has a separated ligament in his left foot. If he has the surgery, a screw would be implanted in his foot, and he probably would have a full recovery but miss the rest of the season. Loose balls: Zeljko Rebraca participated in contact drills Friday as he recovers from heart surgery and attempts to get into playing shape. … Kaniel Daniels, who signed a 10-day contract on Tuesday, sprained his right ankle in practice, and his status for tonight’s game is uncertain. Joe Stevens, (562) 499-1338 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Instead of defending shooting guards, Mobley has been forced to defend small forwards. He says that role isn’t a problem because he has the know-how to deal with different types of players. “I’m a smart player,” he said. “I use my basketball knowledge. Everybody is a mismatch, if you’re not ready to play. I don’t care if it’s a big guy against a small guy, it’s going to be a long night for you if you’re not ready.” Brand plans to play: Elton Brand missed Tuesday’s win over Orlando with a bruised right hip, but participated in half-court drills Friday and said that he expects to play today. “I don’t think it’s going to hinder me at all,” he said. “As long as I keep progressing the way I have, I expect to be able to go.” No-no on Ron-Ron: The Clippers did not comment on the trade rumor that could send Indiana’s Ron Artest to Los Angeles for Corey Maggette. The Pacers want more than a straight-up deal, especially with Maggette sidelined with a left foot injury. As the Clippers try to recover from their mixed bag of injuries, the door has been open for someone to step through it and shoulder the scoring burden. Although several different players have made varying contributions, Cuttino Mobley in particular has been a reliable scorer with key Clippers sidelined. Mobley has led the team in scoring four of the past five games. Before that, he only led the Clippers in scoring just three times. “It’s not my job to score 25 points when Elton (Brand), Sam (Cassell), Corey (Maggette) and all of us are on the court,” Mobley said. “I got to do the things that make things easier for them. When nobody’s there, I got to get about 20 to 25 points.” Mobley has averaged 23.6 points over the past five contests and had a season-high 36 points in a loss to the Lakers last week. He also has a new defensive role because of the injuries, and that was underscored when the 6-foot-4 guard was defending the Lakers’ 6-foot-10 Lamar Odom.