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Spurs power up by landing McDyess

Associated Press / July 9, 2009
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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 loves LA
Ron Artest officially signed with the champion Lakers, the team he wanted to join for years.

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.

Marion a Maverick?
A person with knowledge of the deal says the Mavericks will acquire forward Shawn Marion from Toronto. The Raptors couldn’t afford to re-sign Marion because they need to clear salary cap space for Hedo Turkoglu. They are close to an agreement with the Magic free agent. The trade is expected to include at least one other team to make the salaries work. Oklahoma City and Memphis are likely candidates . . . Other free agent signings that became official included Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva with the Bulls, and Trevor Ariza with the Rockets. Toronto also signed former No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani to a five-year, $50 million contract extension, Atlanta reached an agreement with center Zaza Pachulia on a new four-year contract, and reserve forward-center Chris Andersen re-upped for five years with the Nuggets.

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