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Former Wizard Brendan Haywood agrees to contract with Dallas Mavericks

By Associated Press
Friday, July 9, 2010

Brendan Haywood is coming back to the Dallas Mavericks -- as the starting center.

Haywood agreed Thursday to a six-year, $55 million contract, according to a person familiar with negotiations. The person spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because details were still being finalized.

Dallas acquired the 7-footer from Washington as part of a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline last season. He was a big part of the Mavericks getting on a roll soon after, but down the stretch he lost playing time -- and a starting job -- to Erick Dampier.

The Mavericks have been planning to trade or cut Dampier for salary cap reasons. While Dampier could end up re-signing with Dallas, this deal should make Haywood more comfortable in the team's hierarchy.

The commitment to Haywood might seem strange considering he averaged just six points and 6.2 rebounds in a first-round playoff series against San Antonio.

Lee headed to Warriors

The agent for David Lee says the all-star forward is heading from the New York Knicks to the Golden State Warriors in a sign-and-trade deal.

Mark Bartelstein says Lee will get a six-year, $80 million contract. The Knicks will receive forwards Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf.

Lee has been the Knicks' most popular and productive player under Coach Mike D'Antoni, but the team wouldn't commit to signing him so it could preserve enough salary cap room to afford two maximum salary players.

Foye, Gomes to Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have signed free agents Randy Foye and Ryan Gomes.

Foye, who has played for four seasons, averaged 10.1 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 70 games for the Washington Wizards last season.

Gomes, who has played for five seasons, averaged 10.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 76 games for Minnesota.

Celtics to sign J. O'Neal

Boston Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge says the team plans to sign six-time all-star center Jermaine O'Neal. The contract is reportedly for the midlevel exception, about $5.76 million in the first year of a two-year deal.

O'Neal has averaged 14 points and 7.5 rebounds in a 14-year career for Portland, Indiana, Toronto and Miami. With the Heat last year, he averaged 13.6 points and 6.9 rebounds.

Thunder makes deal

The Oklahoma City Thunder has acquired the draft rights to Cole Aldrich and veteran forward Mo Peterson from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for the rights to Craig Brackins and Quincy Poindexter.

Aldrich was the 11th overall selection in the 2010 NBA draft. The 6-foot-7 Peterson, a 10-year NBA veteran, has averaged 10.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 707 games.

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