HANG TIME SOUTHWEST – Plenty of free-agent action swept through the Association on Saturday, headlined by power forward Josh Smith going to the Detroit Pistons and cashing in on the type of contract he’s dreamed about.
Others also reached verbal agreements with new teams, but keep in mind none of these deals become official until Wednesday when the league’s moratorium on signing new contracts and finalizing proposed trades is lifted.
Some of the other notable activity from Saturday:
- Darren Collison agreed to terms on a two-year, $1.9 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. The move reunites the UCLA product with All-Star point guard Chris Paul. Collison,who will replace Eric Bledsoe was Paul’s backup as a rookie in New Orleans and has since bounced from Indiana to Dallas and now L.A. as he will begin his fourth season as a reserve.
- Devin Harris agreed to terms on a three-year, $9 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks, returning him to the team where he started his career. The Mavs dealt the promising Harris to New Jersey as a 25-year-old as part of the Jason Kidd deal, and now they get him back at 30. He joins an all-new backcourt that includes Jose Calderon, who agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal on Friday, Israeli Gal Mekel and first-round draft pick Shane Larkin.
- Jarrett Jack agreed to terms on a four-year, $25 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jack was a strong fit in Golden State’s backcourt last season and now the feisty guard joins a young and talented group in Cleveland that includes All-Star Kyrie Irving and second-year guard Dion Waiters.
- Carl Landry agreed to terms on a four-year, $26 million deal with the Sacramento Kings, his old team. Another key member of Golden State’s bench has left. Landry, a blue-collar workhorse, was dealt to the Kings at the trade deadline in 2010 and then was sent to New Orleans at the trade deadline in 2011.
- Zaza Pachulia agreed to terms on a three-year, $16 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. The former Atlanta Hawks center will follow coach Larry Drew to Milwaukee. Pachulia averaged 5.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game last season for the Hawks.
- Francisco Garcia agreed to terms on a two-year, $2.6 million deal with the Houston Rockets. Houston traded for Garcia last year, but did not pick up the option on the final year of his deal worth $6.5 million to make room for, oh, Dwight Howard. Now the Rockets are bringing back the 3-point shooter on a friendly deal.
- Omri Casspi agreed to terms on a two-year, veteran’s minimum deal with the Houston Rockets. Casspi, the first Israeli in the NBA and who has played for Cleveland and Sacramento, could be a replacement for Carlos Delfino.
- Dorell Wright agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers continue to strengthen what was one of the least productive benches in the league last season. Wright delivers good perimeter shooting and size, at 6-foot-9, on the wing.
- Earl Watson agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.