NBA Roundup: Warriors get Iguodala, Chris Paul stays with Clippers

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The Golden State Warriors announced Wednesday that they have acquired veteran guard/forward Andre Iguodala and guard Kevin Murphy as part of a three-team trade with the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.

The Warriors sent center Andris Biedrins, forward Richard Jefferson and guard/forward Brandon Rush, along with 2014 and 2017 first round picks, 2016 and 2017 second round picks and cash to the Jazz, plus a 2018 second round draft pick to Denver.

In turn, Denver received guard Randy Foyte from Utah.

A nine-year NBA veteran, Iguodala, 29, has career averages of 15.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.74 steals in 37.4 minutes per game over 695 regular-season contests (all starts) with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Nuggets.

In other team news, head coach Mark Jackson has had the team option on his contract picked up for the 2014-15 season, the team announced.

Jackson will be entering his third season at the helm of the Warriors. Last season, he took the team to a second-place finish in the Pacific Division (with a 47-35 regular season record) and the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs, making him only the fourth coach of the team to make the postseason since 1970 (others were Alvin Attles, George Karl and Don Nelson).

The Warriors' mark this past season was the second-highest winning percentage improvement in the NBA this past season behind the Brooklyn Nets.

---Chris Paul did not keep the Los Angeles Clippers waiting. The All-Star point guard signed a new contract just after midnight ET on Wednesday, the first day that NBA free agents can officially sign with teams.

Paul and the Clippers started spreading the good news immediately, tweeting pictures of him signing the contract with his young son at his side.

"DONE DEAL!!!" Paul posted on Instagram. "#GodIsSoGood #ClipperNation"

The contract is for five years and approximately $107 million, CBSSports.com reported. It includes an opt-out clause for the fifth year.

The 28-year-old Paul averaged 16.9 points, 9.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals during the 2012-13 regular season.

In other Clippers news, the team traded guard Eric Bledsoe and forward Caron Butler to the Phoenix Suns in a three-team trade.

Bledsoe, 23, was the centerpiece of a deal that involved Jared Dudley to the Clippers and a future second-round pick to the Milwaukee Bucks. In addition, the Bucks receive another second-round pick from the Clippers and agree to sign-and-trade guard JJ Redick to Los Angeles.

---The Atlanta Hawks signed free-agent forward Paul Millsap, the team announced. Terms were not disclosed, but previous reports put the deal at two years and $19 million.

The Utah Jazz renounced their rights last week to Millsap to allow the team to acquire Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush in a trade with the Golden State Warriors.

The 28-year-old Millsap averaged 14.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocked shots in 78 games last season for the Jazz. He was one of five players in the NBA during the 2012-13 season (Kevin Durant, Marc Gasol, Al Horford and Josh Smith were the others) to post averages of at least 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 block and 1.0 steal.

---The New Orleans Pelicans signed restricted free agent Tyreke Evans away from the Sacramento Kings, who opted not to match a four-year, $44 million offer sheet.

Evans joins a talented backcourt in New Orleans and said he has embraced the idea of coming off the bench behind shooting guard Eric Gordon and point guard Jrue Holiday, who was acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers during the NBA draft last month.

Evans, the 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year, averaged 15.2 points last season for Sacramento and is a combo guard who can play with or without the ball.

Holiday averaged 17.7 points and 8.0 assists per game last season in Philadelphia. Like Evans, Holiday is just 23 years old. Gordon is 24 and coming off of an injury-plagued season. He was traded to New Orleans in exchange for Chris Paul in 2011 and retained by the Pelicans last July, when the franchise matched a four-year, $58 million offer sheet from the Phoenix Suns.

The Kings took Kansas freshman shooting guard Ben McLemore with the seventh pick in last week's NBA Draft.

---Mike Dunleavy signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Chicago Bulls.

Dunleavy spent the past two seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. He'll come off the bench in Chicago with the Bulls likely to lose Nate Robinson in addition to Marco Belinelli, who signed a two-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs.

Dunleavy, who can play either shooting guard or small forward, has never finished a season on a team with a winning record. Signing with the Bulls gives him a chance to change that.

Dunleavy, 32, averaged 10.5 points and 3.9 rebounds while playing 75 games for the Bucks last season. He shot 42.8 percent from 3-point range, which was the best of his career.

---The Indiana Pacers re-signed veteran forward David West and signed free-agent guard C.J. Watson to contracts, the team announced.

No contract details were released by the team, but CBSSports.com reported that West's deal was for three years at approximately $36 million.

West played a key role in leading the Pacers to the Eastern Conference finals last season. The two-time All-Star has averaged 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds during the past two seasons with the Pacers.

Watson, a six-year veteran, played for the Brooklyn Nets last season and averaged 6.8 points and 2.0 assists in 80 games. He also has spent time with the Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors.

---The New York Knicks celebrated the acquisition of forward Andrea Bargnani, who was dealt from the Toronto Raptors in a trade that became official Wednesday.

Coach Mike Woodson said the expectation is Bargnani will be a matchup challenge, especially as defenses try to keep Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire in check.

The Raptors received guard Steve Novak, center Marcus Camby, forward Quentin Richardson, a 2016 first-round pick and second-round picks in 2014 and 2017 for Bargnani.

Bargnani's contract expires in 2015, which could give the Knicks salary-cap flexibility if he leaves as a free agent. Camby and Novak's salaries combine for about $8.7 million while Bargnani is owed $23 million over the next two years. He will also receive a $500,000 trade bonus.

The salaries of Anthony, Chandler and Stoudemire also come off the books the same year if they leave via free agency or trade.

Bargnani has missed 98 games over the two seasons with injuries. He had a sprained right elbow last season.

The 7-foot Bargnani, the first overall pick in the 2006 draft, averaged 12.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 35 games for Toronto last season. He hit 39.9 percent of his field-goal attempts.

---The Charlotte Bobcats confirmed the signing of free-agent center Al Jefferson.

The team did not release details of the contract, but reports indicated that it was a three-year, $40.5 million deal.

The 6-foot-10 Jefferson, who was the 15th overall pick out of high school in 2004 by the Boston Celtics, averaged 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists last season for the Utah Jazz.

He is one of only two players in the NBA to average 17.0 points and 9.0 rebounds or more each of the last six seasons. The other is Dwight Howard.

---The Washington Wizards signed free-agent guard Eric Maynor and re-signed guard Garrett Temple, the team announced.

Maynor split the 2012-13 season between Oklahoma City and Portland, averaging 4.5 points and 2.8 assists in 64 games. He was traded from the Thunder to the Blazers on Feb. 21 for the rights to Georgios Printezis and a trade exception.

In four seasons with Utah, Oklahoma City and Portland, Maynor has career averages of 4.5 points and 3.0 assists in 15.1 minutes per game.

Temple posted career-best averages of 5.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 51 games, including 36 starts, after signing with the Wizards on Dec. 25, 2012.

---The Los Angeles Lakers re-signed 7-foot backup center Robert Sacre to a new contract, the team announced. No terms were released. Sacre's salary was $473,604 this past season, his first with the Lakers.

Sacre was drated in the second round by the Lakers out of Gonzaga in 2012. He played in 32 games for the Lakers, starting three, and averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds.

---The Charlotte Bobcats announced they signed 2013 NBA draft first-round pick Cody Zeller to undisclosed terms. The 7-footer was the No. 4 overall pick in June.

Zeller played two seasons at Indiana and averaged 16.1 points, 7.3 rebounds 1.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks in 72 games. The Hoosiers won their first outright regular-season Big Ten championship last season and also reached the NCAA Sweet 16 the past two years.

This past season, Zeller led Indiana in scoring (16.5 points per game), rebounding (8.1) and blocked shots (1.3). He ranked second in the Big Ten in rebounding and fourth in scoring.

---The Detroit Pistons signed free-agent forward Josh Smith to a multiyear contract, the team announced.

The team did not release contract terms, but CBSSports.com reported the deal to be worth $54 million over four years.

Smith, 27, spent the past nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. He averagd 15.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.3 steals in 676 career games. He is the 24th player in NBA history to reach 10,000 points, 5,000 rebounds, 2,000 assista and 1,000 blocked shots.

Last season, Smith and Miami's LeBron James were the only two NBA players to average at last 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game.

---Forward-center Chris Andersen re-signed with the NBA champion Miami Heat, the team announced. Andersen, 35, will make between the veteran's minimum of $1,399,507 and $3,183,000 next season, according to reports.

He joined the Heat this past season, originally on a 10-day contract in January, and averaged 4.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in 42 games while providing energy, rebounding and defense off the bench. In the Heat's run to the title, he averaged 6.4 points and 3.8 rebounds and shot 80.7 percent from the field during the playoffs

---Free-agent guard Monta Ellis, still looking for the best deal on the market, has fired his longtime agent, Jeff Fried,

Ellis rejected a three-year, $36 million contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks after the season and was hoping to have Ellis sign with the Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavricks or Charlotte Bobcats. There are reports that Ellis will hire Dan Fegan as his new agent.

Ellis, 27, has a career scoring average of 19.4 points per game and last season averaged 19.2 points and 6.0 assists for the Bucks.

The Hawks, Mavericks, Kings and Bobcats still could be the most likely destinations. Other teams are interested but do not have enough salary-cap space.

---Tyrus Thomas can take his money and run after the Charlotte Bobcats released him under the amnesty provision Wednesday.

Thomas, 26, has two years remaining on his contract, worth $17 million. He can become a free agent unless another franchise claims him through the waiver system.

With the cap space created by releasing Thomas, the Bobcats signed power forward Al Jefferson to a three-year, $41 million contract Wednesday.
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