New Orleans, Portland and Sacramento have agreed to a three-team trade sending guard Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans, center Robin Lopez to the Trail Blazers and guard Greivis Vasquez to the Kings, people familiar with the deal said.
The people, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because NBA rules prevent confirmation of trades until July 10, say Portland is sending second-round draft pick Jeff Withey to New Orleans and a future draft pick to Sacramento as part of the deal, which was first reported by ESPN. The trade also sends guard Terrel Harris to Portland.
Evans, a former Rookie of the Year and restricted free agent, averaged 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season, his fourth with the Kings.
The 7-foot Lopez, who was New Orleans’ starting center after arriving from Phoenix, averaged 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots last season. The 6-6 Vasquez averaged career highs of 13.9 points and nine assists for New Orleans.
SMITH RE-UPS WITH NY
J.R. Smith never wavered from his insistence that he wanted to return to the New York Knicks.
On Thursday, he accepted a four-year, $24.7 million deal to remain in New York.
Smith was the Knicks’ second-leading scorer this past season, averaging a career-best 18.1 points as he earned NBA Sixth Man of the Year honors.
Meanwhile, Pablo Prigioni’s agent said the Argentine point guard also agreed to a multiyear deal to stay with the Knicks.
The Charlotte Bobcats agreed to a three-year, $40.5 million deal with free-agent center Al Jefferson, said people familiar with the situation. Jefferson, who spent three seasons with the Utah Jazz, will make $13.5 million in each year of the contract, with the third season being a player option. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t become official. … The Cleveland Cavaliers agreed to terms on a two-year deal with forward Earl Clark, who played with the Los Angeles Lakers last season.