- The Washington Times - Friday, July 11, 2008

From combined dispatches

The Golden State Warriors acquired free agent Corey Maggette on Thursday, signing away the Los Angeles Clippers’ scoring leader.

While the team would not comment on terms of the contract, a person with knowledge of the deal previously told the Associated Press that Maggette would be signed for five years at around $50 million.

The 6-foot-6 swingman is expected to be a good fit for Warriors coach Don Nelson’s frenetic style of play.

The 28-year-old former Duke star appeared in 70 games last season with the Clippers and averaged 22.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.01 steals in 35.7 minutes.

Maggette trades teams with Baron Davis, who left the Warriors last week to sign with the Clippers.

Davis opted out of a $17 million deal for next season to accept a smaller salary to play in his hometown with Elton Brand and perhaps Maggette. However, Brand signed with the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday and now Maggette is a Warrior.

Landing Maggette was not necessarily easy for the Warriors. He reportedly received interest from five other teams, including reigning NBA champions Boston, as well as San Antonio.

But the Warriors were able to offer a longer-term deal and more money after Davis’ departure cleared cap room for the team.

Maggette is expected to fill voids left by the departure of swingman Mickael Pietrus to Orlando, and the loss of forward Matt Barnes, whom Nelson said won’t be back.

“He’s been one of the most productive players in our league for the last several years and provides us with additional versatility and veteran leadership,” said the Warriors’ top basketball executive, Chris Mullin.

OKLAHOMA CITY: Reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant wasn’t expected to make a return appearance in summer league play Thursday night in Orlando.

Oklahoma City said it was holding Durant out, though the forward said earlier this week he wanted to compete against the Miami Heat’s Michael Beasley. The two are friends, and fellow No. 2 overall draft picks.

Durant made a surprise appearance Tuesday, scoring 22 points in a 100-77 exhibition win over the Orlando Magic. It was the first win in the new Oklahoma City franchise’s history, though it won’t count for anything.

The former SuperSonics are one of six teams playing five practice games in a five-day span this week in Orlando. The rosters are mostly full of journeymen, but each team has played its most recent top draft picks.

KINGS: Brad Miller was suspended for five games because the center violated the league drug program.

Miller, whose ban is set to begin with the first game of the 2008-09 season, averaged 13.4 points and 9.5 rebounds in 72 games last season.

BULLS: Guard JamesOn Curry was suspended for one game after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors in Idaho.

Curry was arrested in January and pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and urinating in public. A second-round draft pick in 2007, Curry spent most of his season in the NBA Development League.

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