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A person with knowledge of the situation of tells The Associated Press that the New Orleans have agreed in principle on a one-year deal with Rajon Rondo.
The person says Rondo is expected to sign his contract next week and the terms are still being finalized. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.
The deal joins Rondo with fellow Kentucky Wildcats Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. The addition gives coach Alvin Gentry the flexibility to play Jrue Holiday more at shooting guard, an effective position for him in the past.
Rondo was a four-time All-Star and won a championship with the Celtics. But he has bounced from Dallas to Sacramento to Chicago in the last three seasons.
Yahoo Sports first reported the agreement.
Magic, Simmons agree to deal
The Orlando Magic started the NBA's free agency period this month slowly, with new president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman vowing to tread cautiously. Weltman and general manager John Hammond hoped to strike solid value deals once many other teams exhausted their cap space.
The Magic followed their plan to the letter.
The team and former San Antonio Spurs swingman Jonathon Simmons reached an agreement on a three-year contract, and the deal became official Saturday. Exact terms of the contract are not available.
Simmons, who will turn 28 in September, should add scoring punch on offense and versatility on defense.
In 78 regular-season games with the Spurs last season, Simmons averaged 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 17.8 minutes per game.
He also appeared in 15 playoff games this past spring, and he took on a larger role after Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs' best player, suffered ankle injuries. In the Western Conference finals, Simmons averaged 15.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 27.8 minutes per game as the Spurs were swept by the Golden State Warriors.
Harden intent on winning titlein wake of new deal
HOUSTON -- James Harden never wants to leave Houston and is intent on bringing another NBA title to the city the Californian now considers home.
And the Rockets are doing everything possible to make sure the Beard gets exactly what he wants.
The clearest evidence of that came a week ago when they signed him to the biggest contract in league history: a four-year, "supermax" extension that guarantees $228 million over the next six seasons.
"I know where I want to retire ultimately and I know where I want to win a championship," Harden said Saturday. "Everything is going to happen in Houston and that's the reason I'm here forever."
Since orchestrating the trade that brought Harden to Houston from Oklahoma City in 2012, general manager Daryl Morey has known he had a cornerstone player to build a team around. To him, shelling out that much money to keep the 27-year-old off the free agent market until the 2022-23 season was a no-brainer.
"Some of our decisions are hard. This one's easy," Morey said. "We'd do more if we could. This was the most they allow us to do."
The contract extension followed the Rockets' trade for nine-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul late last month, giving Harden another superstar to help chase Houston's first title since the Rockets won two in a row in 1994-95.
There have been questions about how the two will fit together in Houston after Harden had the finest season of his career while playing point guard in first-year coach Mike D'Antoni's system. But Harden isn't worried about that.
"I don't think anybody's ever seen anything like this before," he said. "Two guys that can create and facilitate and just do things with the ball that nobody's done from the one position and the shooting guard position. So it's going to be fun. I'm excited to be a part of it."
Harden finished second in MVP voting last season behind Russell Westbrook after ranking second in the league with 29.1 points per game and first with 11.2 assists. He had 64 double-doubles last year after combining for just 67 in the first seven seasons of his career, and notched 22 triple-doubles after getting just nine total before last season.
"I've coached a lot of people and watched a lot of games and the stuff that he did day in and day out was incredible," D'Antoni said. "Now I'm just so excited that he's going to be here for a long time."