National Basketball Association roundup
July 2 (The Sports Xchange) - Free agent center Nene agreed to a new contract with the Houston Rockets on Sunday after the team was forced to pull back an accepted four-year, $15 million deal because of the NBA's age rule.
Nene's new deal is for three years and $11 million, a league source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Nene turns 35 in September before next season starts. Houston was not permitted to offer a four-year contract because of the "over-38 rule" in the collective bargaining agreement that would have extended Nene's deal past his 38th birthday in the fourth season.
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Free agent forward P.J. Tucker agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with the Houston Rockets, according to multiple reports.
Tucker met with the Toronto Raptors once free agency started at 12:01 a.m. ET Saturday, but he talked to members of the Rockets, including All-Star James Harden, The Vertical reported. The fourth year of the deal is a partial guarantee, sources told ESPN. The Raptors reportedly offered three years and $33 million.
The Raptors acquired the 32-year-old Tucker from the Phoenix Suns at the February trade deadline. He is a top defender who averaged 6.7 points, 5.8 rebounds 1.4 steals in 81 games for the Suns and Raptors last season. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Tucker holds career averages of 7.7 points and 5.7 rebounds.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and free-agent forward Taj Gibson agreed to a two-year, $28 million deal, according to multiple reports.
The agreement reunites the 32-year-old Gibson and head coach Tom Thibodeau after they were both together from 2010 to 2015 with the Chicago Bulls. Gibson also joins former Bulls teammate Jimmy Butler, who was traded to the Timberwolves last month to reunite with Thibodeau.
In 23 games (16 starts) for the Oklahoma City Thunder, the 6-foot-9, 236-pound Gibson averaged 9.0 points and 4.5 rebounds. Overall, he averaged 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in 78 games (71 starts) last season.
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Free-agent forward Serge Ibaka agreed to a three-year, $65 million contract to stay with the Toronto Raptors, according to reports.
ESPN first reported that Ibaka will return to the Raptors and the Toronto Star later confirmed the news. Ibaka, who was acquired from the Orlando Magic in a trade for Terrence Ross and a first-round draft pick, averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in 23 games after the All-Star break deal.
Ibaka, 27, helped the Raptors eliminate the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs, averaging 12.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in the series, but his rebounding production dropped to just 3.8 per game during the Cleveland Cavaliers' sweep of Toronto in the second round.
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Free-agent guard/forward Andre Iguodala agreed to a three-year, $48 million contract to remain with the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, according to published reports.
Iguodala confirmed the reports on his Twitter account. Iguodala met with the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets since free agency began earlier Saturday.
The Warriors are aiming to secure the core of a squad that has won two NBA championships in three years. The team agreed to a historic supermax deal of five years for $201 million with star Stephen Curry earlier on Saturday.
Iguodala has made an impact since joining Golden State, as he was named the 2015 NBA Finals MVP as well as a finalist for the 2016-17 NBA Sixth Man of the Year.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers reached agreement with free agent shooting guard Kyle Korver on a multiyear deal, according to multiple reports.
ESPN.com reported the Cavs came to terms with Korver on a three-year, $22 million contract. The 36-year-old Korver joined the Cavaliers after a trade with the Atlanta Hawks during the middle of last season but never gave the team the offensive boost off the bench it sought, particularly in the postseason.
After the loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, Korver expressed a desire to remain with Cleveland.