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The Sacramento Kings and free-agent point guard Rajon Rondo have agreed to a one-year deal worth $9.5 million, sources told ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman and Marc Stein.
In the opening hours of free agency Wednesday, the Kings requested a meeting with Rondo and also offered what sources told ESPN.com was a mammoth four-year, $64 million deal to Portland Trail Blazers free-agent swingman Wesley Matthews. Matthews, though, ultimately reached a verbal agreement on a four-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
Rondo's brief stint in Dallas was a disaster after he was the centerpiece in a blockbuster trade in December with the Boston Celtics. His most memorable moments in a Mavs uniform were a heated on-court exchange with coach Rick Carlisle that led to a one-game suspension in February and being pulled after picking up two quick fouls and a technical foul in the first minute of the second half of his final game, a Game 2 first-round playoff loss to the Houston Rockets.
The New York Knicks continued to add through free agency by reaching an agreement Friday with forward Derrick Williams.
The deal is for two years and $10 million, league sources said, and includes a player option for the second year.
Williams thanked Sacramento fans for their support before confirming the Knicks accord Friday night on Twitter:
Tobias Harris has agreed to a four-year, $64 million deal to return to the Orlando Magic, according to league sources.
Harris and the Magic failed to finalize an extension by the Oct. 31 deadline last season, making him a restricted free agent this summer. Orlando would have had the right to match any offer sheet Harris signed with another team.
The Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers also had expressed interest in Harris, sources said.
The odds seem against them, but the Houston Rockets believe they're still in the LaMarcus Aldridge sweepstakes.
According to a source, with the Rockets reaching agreements with starting point guard Patrick Beverley and backup forward Corey Brewer on Friday, it strengthens their package for Aldridge, the superstar free agent power forward.
The Rockets reached a four-year, $23 million deal with Beverley and a three-year, $23.4 million contract with Brewer. Beverley is considered one of the better defensive point guards in the league and Brewer is a solid bench player, who averaged 11.9 points per game last season.
CARRYING momentum of a tremendous come-from-behind win two nights ago, San Miguel Beer seeks a commanding 2-0 lead against Rain or Shine today in their best-of-five Final Four series in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Tip-off is at 7 p.m. with the Beermen seeking to start out stronger than the last time out and avoid falling into a huge hole.
Rain or Shine enjoyed leads of as large as 24 points in the series opener on Thursday but eventually dropped a 101-95 decision after going scoreless in the final 4:40.
Free agent Marco Belinelli and the Sacramento Kings have agreed to a three-year deal worth $19 million, a source told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.
Signed to a two-year deal with San Antonio after the team lost to the Miami Heat in the Finals in 2013, Belinelli proved a bargain for the Spurs as he quickly set career highs in field-goal percentage (48.5), 3-point percentage (43.0) and player efficiency rating (15) in 2013-14.
Those numbers tapered off in Year 2 of the deal as Belinelli, 29, connected on 42.3 percent of his shots from the field and 37.4 percent from 3-point range. Belinelli's scoring also slipped from 11.4 points per game in his first year as a Spur to 9.2 points in 2014-15 as the reserve missed 20 games with injury.
Becky Hammon will coach San Antonio's summer league team in Las Vegas, the Spurs announced Friday.
She will be the first female head coach in summer league history. Natalie Nakase served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014.
The San Antonio Express-News earlier reported that Hammon would coach the Vegas summer league team.
PBA legend and current Star assistant coach Johnny Abarrientos has been in countless playoff situations and the former PBA MVP knows why his team is lagging behind Alaska, 2-0, in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals.
Abarrientos, known to fans as ‘The Flying A’, believes it all comes down to desire.
“It’s obvious Alaska wanted it more,” Abarrientos told InterAksyon,com in an exclusive interview. “Kitang-kita naman. Every player na ipasok, they play as if they’re playing their last game.”
The Houston Rockets have struck deals to retain swingman Corey Brewer and restricted free-agent point guard Patrick Beverley.
Brewer agreed to a three-year deal worth $23.4 million, sources said. Beverley's agreement is for four years and $23 million, a source told ESPN.com. The first three years and $18 million are guaranteed, with the team holding a $5 million option for the fourth year.
"I think if we can keep our group together and stay healthy, we can win it all," Brewer told ESPN.com. "I'm just happy as can be. So glad to be back for three more years."
LaMarcus Aldridge currently has no plans to make out-of-town visits and, at this stage, plans to take "a couple of days" to digest all the pitches he's received after meeting with multiple teams, sources told ESPN.com on Friday.
The Los Angeles Lakers got a second chance to impress Aldridge, their top free-agent target, on Thursday night in a meeting that lasted about 90 minutes and focused entirely on basketball, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.
The Lakers had requested the second meeting after being informed that their first presentation to the star power forward had been coolly received because it focused too much on off-the-court business and marketing opportunities in Los Angeles for one of the NBA's glamour franchises and not enough on how the team planned to use Aldridge on the court.