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  • Associated Press The Indiana Pacers have agreed to a one-year, $12-million deal with guard Tyreke Evans, who averaged 19.4 points per game with Memphis last year.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018 1:00 am


Evans, Pacers agree to 1-year deal

TIM REYNOLDS | Associated Press

Tyreke Evans had plenty of suitors, and decided to sign with the Indiana Pacers.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Evans has agreed to a one-year deal that will be worth $12 million. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be signed until Friday.

Evans is a proven scorer, and expanded his 3-point ability last season. He spent last year with Memphis, averaging 19.4 points per game.

For his career, Evans has averaged 16.5  points in stints with Sacramento, New Orleans and the Grizzlies. He also had meetings with Golden State and Oklahoma City, among others, before choosing the Pacers.

Utah kept two of its free agents, agreeing to extensions with Dante Exum (three years, $33 million) and Raul Neto (two years, $4.4 million). Avery Bradley, in a deal that was struck late Monday night, is also staying put – coming to terms with the Los Angeles Clippers on a two-year contract worth $25 million.

Most of the other known deals that were made on Day 3 of free agency were all of the short-term variety.

Jeff Green agreed to terms on a $2.4 million, one-year deal with Washington – which is expected to seek another one-year pact with Dwight Howard this month when he finalizes his Brooklyn buyout – and Michael Carter-Williams got a veteran's minimum deal to play in Houston next season.

Versatile big man Kevon Looney will re-sign with the Golden State Warriors. Bringing back Looney, a power forward and center, was a top priority for general manager Bob Myers to keep the young core of the two-time defending NBA champions together.

Looney lost about 30 pounds last offseason to transform his body, make himself faster.

While the Warriors lost JaVale McGee to the Lakers, they added DeMarcus Cousins on Monday to give Golden State five potential All-Star starters once Cousins returns from a torn Achilles tendon that required surgery.

All the deals were confirmed to The Associated Press by people familiar with the negotiations, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Jazz have quietly crossed off many items on their summertime wish list, with general manager Dennis Lindsey going into free agency saying he wanted to keep all three of his team's internal free agents.

Check. Check. And check. The deals with Exum and Neto came one day after Utah agreed to keep Derrick Favors on a two-year, $36 million deal.

Green fills a big-man void, after the Wizards traded away starting center Marcin Gortat – the hole that Howard conceivably will fill – and losing backup power forward Mike Scott to free agency. Green, who turns 32 in August, spent last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Carter-Williams gives Houston some guard depth behind MVP James Harden and Chris Paul, and Houston gives Carter-Williams yet another chance to restart what was a very promising career. He was the NBA's rookie of the year for Philadelphia in 2013-14 when he averaged 16.7 points per game. But his scoring average has dropped each year since, and the Rockets will be his fifth team in six seasons.

With LeBron James being a very obvious exception – getting four years to leave Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers – most of the biggest signings have been players staying home. Those include Paul staying with Houston, Nikola Jokic with Denver, Paul George with Oklahoma City, Aaron Gordon with Orlando, Golden State's Kevin Durant and Denver's Will Barton.

Outside of James, the biggest-money deal that involves someone filing a change-of-address card is Dallas' $24.1 million agreement with DeAndre Jordan. But even that one falls into the short-term trend, since that's just for next season.