DENVER (AP) _ The Denver Nuggets on Monday waived center Dwayne Schintzius, who came to the team in a trade with the Boston Celtics over the summer.

That move, along with the announcements that Chauncey Billups, Chris Herren and Popeye Jones would be placed on the injured list, reduced the Nuggets roster to 15, coach Dan Issel said.

Billups sprained his right ankle, Herren has a sprained right wrist and Jones has a lower back strain, team officials said.

The Nuggets open their regular season Tuesday by playing host to the Phoenix Suns.