Spurs power up by landing McDyess
The San Antonio Spurs landed free agent forward Antonio McDyess yesterday in another big offseason pickup for the aging power that apparently isn’t ready to fade away just yet.
McDyess, who despite being 34 was among the most sought players on the market this summer, is expected to sign later this week.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Spurs, who traded for swingman Richard Jefferson last month, had their full midlevel exception, worth about $5.85 million, to offer the 6-foot-9-inch McDyess, who spent the last five seasons with Detroit.
Artest, who played for the Rockets last season, received a five-year deal worth about $33 million, according to his agent.
“This was a long time coming,’’ Artest said. “As I started to compete against the Lakers and against Kobe [ Bryant], I had respect for him and I always wanted to be a teammate of his.’’
The Lakers also re-signed guard Shannon Brown to a two-year contract for $4.2 million.