NBA free agents: The Class of 2013 (updated)

NBA - Center Howard opts to leave LA for Houston





Detroit Pistons: Will Bynum, Jose Calderon (agreed to terms with Mavericks), Corey Maggette, Jason Maxiell. Golden State Warriors: Jarrett Jack, Carl Landry. Houston Rockets: Aaron Brooks, Carlos Delfino, Francisco Garcia. Indiana Pacers: D.J. Augustin, Ben Hansbrough, Tyler Hansbrough, Jeff Pendergraph (agreed to terms with Spurs), David West (agreed to terms with Pacers), Sam Young. Los Angeles Clippers: Matt Barnes (agreed to terms with Clippers), Chauncey Billups, Ryan Hollins, Lamar Odom, Chris Paul (agreed to terms with Clippers), Ronny Turiaf. Los Angeles Lakers: Devin Ebanks, Earl Clark (agreed to terms with Cavaliers), Chris Duhon, Andrew Goudelock, Dwight Howard (agreed to terms with Rockets), Antawn Jamison, Darius Morris, Robert Sacre (R).





NBA notes: Rockets will sign Howard, reports say





The All-Star center is leaving Los Angeles after one season, the Lakers confirmed Friday night. In a statement, general manager Mitch Kupchak says, "We wish him the best of luck on the remainder of his NBA career." The person told The Associated Press that the next stop would be Houston. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Howard hasn't made his plans public. USA Today first reported earlier Friday that Howard would join the Rockets, where he would join All-Star James Harden to give the Rockets a potentially potent inside-outside combination. Dallas, Golden State and Atlanta were the other suitors interested in Howard. Ainge says Stevens was his first call Brad Stevens says he had no desire to leave Butler - until the Celtics called. Seventeen championships. Bill Russell. Red Auerbach. It was all too much for the 36-year-old Stevens to resist.





NBA free agency news and rumors: Andre Iguodala will join Golden State Warriors; Dwight Howard reportedly says 'no' to Dallas Mavericks





Mayo agrees to 3-year deal withBucks By Scott Coleman on Jul 5 2013, 9:42p @scottcoleman55 2 Stay connected with SB Nation Follow @sbnation Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports Mayo is reportedly headed to Milwaukee after shooting nearly 41 percent from behind the arc last season. 2 Comments The Milwaukee Bucks have reached a three-year agreement with O.J. Mayo for $24 million, according to C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . It was reported earlier in the week that Mayo and the Bucks were close to agreeing to terms, although they were not finalized until Friday evening. More Bucks: Brew Hoop Mayo, 25, spent last season with the Dallas Mavericks after breaking in with the Grizzlies . He averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game, which were all close to his career averages. Mayo is regarded as a high-volume shooter and shot nearly 45 percent from the field last year, including 40.7 percent from behind the three-point arc. Depending on what other moves the Bucks make this offseason, Mayo appears to be a solid fit in Milwaukee. The team could lose both Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings through free agency and already traded J.J.









"I've decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets," Howard, who is expected to sign with the Rockets on July 10 when the NBA's free-agent signing period begins, said in a statement. "I feel it's the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I'm looking forward to a great season. I want to thank the fans in Los Angeles and wish them the best." The Lakers earlier confirmed they had lost the battle to retain the 27-year-old, who moved to Los Angeles from the Orlando Magic in a blockbuster 12-player trade in August 2012. "We have been informed of Dwight's decision to not return to the Lakers. Naturally we're disappointed," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. "To Dwight, we thank him for his time and consideration, and for his efforts with us last season. We wish him the best of luck on the remainder of his NBA career." SUBSTANTIAL PAYCUT Free agent Howard, who had also been courted by the Dallas Mavericks, the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors, favoured a move to Houston despite the prospect of a substantial paycut.





NBA free agency: O.J. Mayo agrees to three-year deal with Bucks





The agreement came after the Warriors cleared $24 million in salary-cap room by agreeing to send the expiring contracts of Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush to the Utah Jazz, league sources told Y! Sports. Golden State also will send multiple draft picks to Utah, including its 2014 first-round pick, sources told Y! Sports. Iguodala, one of this year's top free agents, is a 6-6 guard-forward. A fine defensive player, Iguodala averaged 13 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists last season for the Denver Nuggets. NBA free agency news and rumors The Dallas Mavericks have been told that free agent center Dwight Howard will not join them, accordingto sources. ( ESPN.com ) No, it's not blockbuster news, but the acquisition of free agent forward Earl Clark will help the Cavaliers. ( By Sam Amico, FoxSportsOhio.com ) It's beginning to look like Dwight Howard will agree to sign with the Houston Rockets of Golden State Warriors, or decide to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers.