Brandon Roy launches comeback, agrees to deal with Wolves | NBA
Brandon Roy, the former Husky star from Garfield High School, is starting his comeback with the Minnesota Timberwolves. A person with knowledge...
MINNEAPOLIS — Brandon Roy, the former Husky star from Garfield High School, is starting his comeback with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press the former All-Star guard has agreed to terms on a two-year, $10.4 million deal to join the Wolves next season. The person requested anonymity because the news has not been officially announced.
The former Portland guard retired before last season because of chronic knee issues. The Blazers used the amnesty clause on the remaining $63 million of Roy's deal to get his salary off of their books, but he received some treatments that prompted him to try to return.
Roy was originally drafted by the Wolves in 2006 but traded to Portland on draft night for Randy Foye.
The Oregonian first reported the agreement.
Crawford to Clippers
LOS ANGELES — Free-agent guard Jamal Crawford from Rainier Beach High School agreed to a contract with the Clippers, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The team also reached a deal to re-sign veteran Chauncey Billups, who tore his Achilles tendon last season.
The Clippers used their full midlevel exception to offer the 6-foot-5 Crawford a four-year deal worth $21.7 million. The 6-3 Billups will sign a one-year contract that could be worth up to $4.3 million with incentives.
Lin gets offer from Rockets
HOUSTON — New York Knicks restricted free-agent guard Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets agreed to terms on a four-year contract offer.
Lin can sign the offer sheet with Houston on July 11, and the Knicks will then have three days to match the offer. The Knicks have repeatedly said they plan to keep Lin.
The contract is worth $10.2 million over the first two seasons and $9.3 million in each of the last two years. The fourth season is a team option.
The Rockets also traded Kyle Lowry to Toronto for a future first-round draft pick with lottery protection and forward Gary Forbes.
Kidd to Knicks
NEW YORK — The Dallas Mavericks were blindsided when Jason Kidd reversed field and decided to sign a three-year contract with the New York Knicks, the point guard confirmed.
It's the same terms — worth $3 million annually — that the Mavericks were offering and that they thought Kidd would agree to.
Kidd, 39, who has been with the 2011 NBA champion Mavericks since the 2007-08 season, started for the New Jersey Nets when they lost in the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.
• Restricted free-agent Nicolas Batum agreed to terms on an offer sheet with the Timberwolves and is hoping Portland does not match it or executes a sign-and-trade to get him to Minnesota, his agent said. The deal is reportedly for four years and $45 million, with bonuses that could push it past $50 million.
• Hasheem Thabeet, a 7-foot-3 center, has agreed to a two-year guaranteed contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
• The Orlando Magic and point guard Jameer Nelson agreed on a new contract.
• Goran Dragic will take over point guard duties for the departed Steve Nash after reaching agreement with the Phoenix Suns on a four-year, $30 million contract that can rise to $34 million with incentives.