Suns acquire Isaiah Thomas in sign-and-trade: NBA signings
Cavaliers make first trade since LeBron James announcement
The Phoenix Suns officially announced the acquisition of point guard Isaiah Thomas on Saturday in a sign-and-trade deal with the Sacramento Kings.
The deal had been reported by multiple outlets on Friday.
The Suns envision Thomas as a complement to their double point guard starting lineup of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe.
"Isaiah is one of the most dynamic scorers and playmakers in the NBA," McDonough said. "I have always admired his competitive spirit and his love for the game."
The 5-foot-9 Thomas averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 assists for the Kings last season, his third in the NBA, and was a restricted free agent. He was one of six players to average at least 20 points and six assists in 2013-14.
"He will be a great fit for our up-tempo attack," McDonough said in the news release announcing the acquisition, "and he will help solidify what we believe is the best backcourt in the league."
Sacramento gets the rights to forward Alex Oriakhi, Phoenix's second-round draft pick a year ago. The Kings also get a $7 million trade exemption.
The Kings believed Thomas was expendable after their recent agreement to sign point guard Darren Collison.
Bledsoe also is a restricted free agent and the Suns are attempting to re-sign him before another team makes an offer.
Thunder, Morrow agree to 3-year deal
Free agent guard Anthony Morrow has agreed to three-year, $10 million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Morrow's agent, Wallace Prather, confirmed the agreement and details of the deal in a text message to The Associated Press on Saturday.
Morrow, who played for New Orleans last season, has career averages of 10.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in six NBA seasons. He helps fill a void created when starting shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha signed with the Atlanta Hawks after becoming a free agent.
Morrow is a career 43 per cent shooter from 3-point range, and similar production would be a major upgrade for the Thunder. He shot 45 per cent from behind the arc for the Pelicans last season.
The Thunder did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Cavaliers acquire centre Haywood
The Cavaliers have acquired centre Brendan Haywood and forward Dwight Powell from Charlotte for guard ScottyHopson and cash considerations.
The Cavs announced the move Saturday, one day after LeBron James said he's returning to Cleveland.
A 12-year veteran, Haywood has played in 794 NBA games, averaging 6.9 points and 6.1 rebounds. He missed all of last season with a broken foot.
The 7-footer gives Cleveland some front line depth, but he's also only got one year left on his contract. Haywood, who played on Dallas' 2011 title team, was picked by Cleveland with the 20th overall pick in 2001 but traded on draft night to Orlando.
Powell played four years at Stanford, averaging 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. The 6-11, 240-pound forward is the fourth Canadian on Cleveland's roster, joining Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, this year's top overall pick.
Spurs re-sign veteran Mills
Patty Mills was a feel-good story on a team full of them last season in San Antonio.
The Australian guard had a breakout year, rededicating himself to conditioning and flourishing in a Spurs system that relied upon him for offensive scoring punch off the bench. After averaging 10.2 points and helping the Spurs win the championship, Mills figured to cash in on the open market.
But then it was revealed that he would be out for six months or more due to a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, and suddenly his future was uncertain.
The injury did nothing to deter the Spurs, who re-signed him on Saturday. The team did not disclose the terms of the deal, but the San Antonio Express-News previously reported that it was a three-year contract.
The 25-year-old Mills had trouble sticking in the NBA at the start of his career. He played in 74 games over two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers and 16 more with the Spurs in 2011-12.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and his accomplished staff demanded that Mills get into better shape, and he took that to heart. He blossomed this season, playing in a career-high 81 games and averaging a career-high 18.9 minutes per game during the regular season. When starting point guard Tony Parker missed 14 games due to injury and maintenance, Mills was one of the key fill-ins that helped keep them motoring right along to an NBA-best 62 wins.
In the last two games of the NBA Finals, Mills combined to score 31 points and hit 9 of 14 3-pointers to help the Spurs clinch the franchise's fifth title.
The Spurs also signed first-round draft pick Kyle Anderson to his rookie contract on Saturday. Anderson, the 30th overall pick, averaged 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists for UCLA last season.