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NBA Notebook: Howard agrees to $70.5M deal with Hawks

Free agent center Dwight Howard agreed to a three-year, $70.5 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks, multiple media outlets reported Friday.Howard is a native of Atlanta, and Howard agreed to join the Hawks after his first meeting with an NBA team....

Free agent center Dwight Howard agreed to a three-year, $70.5 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks, multiple media outlets reported Friday.
Howard is a native of Atlanta, and Howard agreed to join the Hawks after his first meeting with an NBA team.
“It was a really, really, really good meeting,” a source told ESPN.com. “Very impressive. Dwight’s going to look at all his options. But it went very, very well.”
Howard had drawn interest from the Boston Celtics among others. Howard had scheduled meetings with other clubs on Saturday, but canceled them after agreeing to the deal with Atlanta.

Knicks strike deal with Noah
First-year New York Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek and team president Phil Jackson made the center position a high priority entering free agency and within hours of the market open Friday had the framework of a four-year, $72 million contract with Joakim Noah.
The agreement was officially sealed Friday night, though a contract cannot be signed until Thursday.
Noah, 31, spent his entire career with the Chicago Bulls before agreeing to join New York for an average of $18 million per season.
DeRozan re-ups with Raptors on $140M deal
Retaining DeMar DeRozan was a high priority for the Toronto Raptors, even with the price tag to match.
According to multiple reports, the Raptors and DeRozan reached agreement on a deal that could be worth between $139 million and $145 million over six years, pushing his annual earnings to about $30 million per season.
Lakers reach agreements with Mozgov, Clarkson
The Los Angeles Lakers and free agent center Timofey Mozgov reached an agreement on a four-year deal worth $64 million, according to multiple reports Friday.
In addition, the Lakers and restricted free agent shooting guard Jordan Clarkson agreed on a four-year, $50 million deal.
Parsons, Conley agrees to deals with Grizzlies
Forward Chandler Parsons has agreed to a four-year maximum contract with the Memphis Grizzlies worth a projected $94.8 million, ESPN reported Friday.
Parsons’ expectation that point guard Mike Conley will return to Memphis played a role in his decision, according to the report.
Conley held up his end, signing a a five-year, $153 million deal, which would be the richest deal in NBA history.
Batum agrees to 5-year, $120M deal to stay with Hornets
Free agent forward Nicolas Batum agreed to a five-year, $120 million deal to re-sign with the Charlotte Hornets, according to multiple reports Friday.
The deal reportedly includes a player option on the final season.
Batum averaged a career-high 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists with the Hornets last season.
Batum helped the Hornets win 48 games, 15 more than they won the previous season, and return to the playoffs for just the second time in the last six seasons. The Hornets earned the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs before losing to the Miami Heat in seven games in the first round.
The Hornets acquired Batum last summer in a trade with Portland, where he spent his first seven seasons.

Jefferson agrees to three-year deal with Pacers
Center Al Jefferson has agreed in principle to three-year, $30 million deal with the Indiana Pacers, multiple media outlets reported Friday.
According to reports, it would be a straight three-year deal with no player options.
Last season for the Charlotte Hornets, Jefferson, 31, averaged 12.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 47 games, including 18 starts.
Mayo banned from NBA for violating anti-drug program
Free agent guard O.J. Mayo has been dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for violating the league’s anti-drug program, the league announced Friday.
Under the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program, Mayo is eligible to apply for reinstatement in two years.
Mayo, 28, previously served a 10-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs in 2011.
Mayo has played the last three seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. He played in 41 games last season, averaging 7.8 points and 2.9 assists.
In March, Mayo fractured his ankle when he accidentally tripped heading down the stairs of his home, causing him to miss the rest of the season.
Mayo was originally a No. 3 draft pick of Memphis, where he spent the first four seasons of his career. Mayo joined Dallas for one season before signing with Milwaukee.
In his career, Mayo has averaged 13.8 points, 2.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds.
The NBA, teams and the Players Association are prohibited from publicly disclosing information regarding the testing or treatment of any player under the Anti-Drug Program, other than to announce a player’s suspension or dismissal from the league.

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