Report: Hawes agrees to sign with Clippers
Free-agent center Spencer Hawes, a former Washington Huskies and Seattle Prep player, reportedly has agreed to a four-year, $23 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The 7-foot-1 Hawes, 26, ended last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers after being traded from Philadelphia. He averaged 13.2 points and 8.3 rebounds last season and made 41.6 percent of his three-point attempts.
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Yahoo Sports, which first reported the agreement, said Hawes had visited seriously with Phoenix and Portland.
Hawes made $6.5 million last season.
“Even taking a little less money, this opportunity was too exciting to pass up,” Hawes told Yahoo Sports on Friday night. “I’ve had a taste of the playoffs before, but being a part of this team will be just incredible.”
Blazers to add Kaman
Chris Kaman agreed to a two-year, $9.8 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.
The 7-foot center, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, has averaged 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds in his career.
Kaman, 32, has played for one winning team — the 2005-06 Clippers.
“I want to be back in the playoffs and help the team get back to winning the title,” Kaman told The Oregonian newspaper. “I think the Trail Blazers are right at that level.”
Atlanta to get Sefolosha
Atlanta has reached an agreement with small forward Thabo Sefolosha on a deal that leaves the Hawks sufficient salary-cap room for additional offseason moves.
The Hawks and Sefolosha have agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract. Sefolosha, 30, averaged 6.3 points for Oklahoma City last season.
Atlanta reportedly has interest in forward Luol Deng, 29, who ended last season with Cleveland.
Texas Tech’s Battle gets suspended for fighting
Texas Tech guard Amber Battle, the leading scorer on the women’s team last season at 16.4 points per game, has been suspended for a month for her involvement in a fight with a then-football player at the university’s recreation center.
School officials said senior Battle is “suspended from competition for the entire month of November.” Battle, in a statement, said she “initiated first contact” in the fight with freshman defensive back Nigel Bethel II during a pickup basketball game last weekend.
Bethel responded and, according to a Texas Tech Police Department report, caused serious bodily injury with “hands, fists, feet, etc.” He was dismissed from the football program and a news release said, “Texas Tech Athletics does not tolerate violence against women.”
Bethel has not yet been charged. According to media reports, he struck Battle and broke a bone in her face.
2 re-sign with Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks re-signed forward Zack Kassian, 23, and defenseman Yannick Weber, 25.
Kassian had 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) and 124 penalty minutes in 73 games for the Canucks last season. He signed a $3.5 million, two-year contract.
Weber, who split last season between Vancouver and the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League, had 10 points in 49 games for the Canucks. His one-year contract is worth $850,000.
Major League Soccer
Davis gives Dynamo tie
American Brad Davis, in his first match back from the World Cup in Brazil, scored on a penalty kick in the 82nd minute to give the host Houston Dynamo a 2-2 MLS draw with the New York Red Bulls.
Houston snapped its team-record losing streak at five matches.
Bradley Wright-Phillips scored both of New York’s goals.
Meanwhile, the host Los Angeles Galaxy got a 2-2 draw with Portland after the Timbers gave up an own goal by Rauwshan McKenzie in the 86th minute.
In other league matches, Joao Plata’s penalty kick in the 65th minute was the difference as host Real Salt Lake beat New England 2-1; FC Dallas defeated visiting Philadelphia 2-1; and Columbus got a 1-1 draw with host Colorado.
• Officials in Vancouver, B.C., have released their final financial and operating report on the 2010 Winter Olympics, claiming to have broken even on the Games. The organizing committee said revenues and expenses matched up at about $1.8 billion.
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