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Welcome back! A wild NBA day of personnel moves
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A day after the Paul trade fell apart, the All-Star guard showed up for work in New Orleans. In Los Angeles, Pau Gasol _ another part of the deal, he was to be sent to Houston _ was at Lakers camp. Lamar Odom, who was presumed to be bound for New Orleans, showed up more than 90 minutes late for that first practice of the post-Phil Jackson-era, then left after meeting with general manager Mitch Kupchak.
On Friday, though, it seems Paul could be soon on the move again.
“We’re talking about everything. Everything is on the table,” Hornets general manager Dell Demps said.
In Phoenix, a person with knowledge of the deal told The AP that Grant Hill is returning to the Suns on a $6.5 million, one-year deal, and later, the team announced that Vince Carter was waived. That move was expected, and only $4 million of Carter’s contract was guaranteed anyway. The Suns also added guards Shannon Brown and Sebastian Telfair, who tweeted a picture of his new jersey and said, “I’m back. Thank god!!!! So blessed.”
In Miami, point guard Mario Chalmers was smiling as he signed a new deal that could be worth up to $12 million over three years, swingman James Jones and forward Juwan Howard agreed to new contracts and center Eddy Curry _ who has played in 10 games over the last three years _ arrived to formally join the East champions as well.
The Heat practiced with only six available players while contracts were getting finalized. Mike Miller (hernia) and Eddie House (left knee) are under contract, but recovering from offseason surgeries.
“Excited to be a Heat. Miami, thank you for our welcome, we’ll do our best,” new Heat forward Shane Battier wrote on Twitter late Friday, just after he signed.
In Portland, the news of the day was grim. The Blazers were told guard Brandon Roy will not play this season because of knee problems, and there were widespread reports that Roy is retiring. And while Portland re-signed oft-injured center Greg Oden, it did so while saying he has “suffered a setback.”
Oden has played in only 82 games in his first four seasons while dealing with major knee issues.
“I’m obviously disappointed with the setback, but I’m as determined as ever to return to the court,” Oden said. “I appreciate the support of the Trail Blazers and our fans and that they continue to stand behind me.”
A person familiar with the decision said the Sacramento Kings agreed to a $21.3 million, four-year deal with free agent center Chuck Hayes. The team also re-signed free agent guard Marcus Thornton for $31 million over four years. Thornton averaged 21.3 points in 27 games with the Kings last season after getting traded from New Orleans.
Plus, the Kings completed the signing of No. 10 pick and former BYU star Jimmer Fredette.
For San Antonio, T.J. Ford was on the training camp roster, as was Richard Jefferson, who’s widely believed to be an another amnesty candidate. The Los Angeles Clippers completed the signing of Caron Butler for a reported $24 million, three-year contract.
The Lakers signed sharpshooter Jason Kapono, a two-time winner of the league’s 3-point shootout contest at All-Star weekend. It’s a homecoming for Kapono, a Long Beach, Calif., native who played his college basketball at UCLA. And another former 3-point shootout champion, Daequan Cook, agreed to terms on a two-year deal to stay with Oklahoma City.
Philadelphia is keeping Thaddeus Young, who finished third in voting for the league’s sixth-man award last season, with the sides announcing a tentative agreement. Dallas announced the signing of free agent forward Brandan Wright, a former first-round pick.
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