Iguo­dala stays with War­riors, Tucker and Nene in Hous­ton

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NEW YORK: Free agent swing­man An­dre Iguo­dala has agreed a three-year deal to re­main with the NBA cham­pion Golden State War­riors, with the 33-year-old re­serve con­firm­ing the move on Twit­ter.

“Sources close to An­dre Iguo­dala re­port­ing agreed to terms to re­turn to the bay .... ” Iguo­dala tweeted, a poke at the un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing all news in the first days of the NBA’s 2017-18 free agency frenzy.

Talks with free agents be­gan Satur­day but the league for­bids con­tract sign­ings un­til Thurs­day. That doesn’t pre­vent deal­mak­ing but it does keep teams from talk­ing about their moves un­til they are fi­nal­ized. Iguo­dala’s deal, worth $48 mil­lion (42 mil­lion eu­ros) ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple re­ports, comes af­ter he met with the San An­to­nio Spurs and Hous­ton Rock­ets.

The War­riors are work­ing to re­tain the core of a club that has won two NBA crowns in three sea­sons and came within a game of sweep­ing all three.

Golden State agreed to terms on the rich­est con­tract in NBA his­tory with a fiveyear “su­per­max” deal worth $201 mil­lion to star guard Stephen Curry, the two-time NBA Most Valu­able Player reap­ing the ben­e­fits of a salary cap jump and a will­ing­ness to take less than he could make else­where to keep the War­riors a ti­tle con­tender and on bud­get.

That’s much the same de­ci­sion that ap­pears to have been made by NBA Fi­nals MVP Kevin Du­rant, who left Ok­la­homa City for Golden State in a free agent deal last July. Du­rant opted out of his con­tract so the War­riors had more money to pay top re­serves Iguo­dala and Shaun Liv­ingston but is ex­pected to re­join the club. He would likely com­mand a huge deal next year but his sac­ri­fice this sea­son keeps the nu­cleus of a cham­pi­onship dy­nasty to­gether for an­other cam­paign.

Iguo­dala was the 2015 NBA Fi­nals MVP, his in­ser­tion into the lineup pro­duc­ing matchup is­sues Cleve­land could not over­come, and he was a fi­nal­ist for this year’s NBA Sixth Man of the Year award given to the top bench player.

Iguo­dala av­er­aged 7.6 points, 3.4 as­sists and 4.0 re­bounds in 76 games last sea­son and has av­er­aged 13.0 points, 4.5 as­sists and 5.3 re­bounds over 13 sea­sons with Philadel­phia, Den­ver and Golden State.

ROCK­ETS GET NENE, TUCKER

His re­jec­tion of the Rock­ets, who landed point guard Chris Paul in a deal with the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers to join star shoot­ing guard James Har­den, prompted Hous­ton to strike a deal with for­ward P.J. Tucker, mul­ti­ple re­ports say­ing it was for four years and $32 mil­lion.

Tucker met with the Toronto Rap­tors, who ob­tained him last Fe­bru­ary in a deal with Phoenix, but talks with Hous­ton play­ers, in­clud­ing Har­den and Paul ac­cord­ing to ESPN, prompted him to join the Rock­ets.

Known for in­tense de­fen­sive play, Tucker av­er­aged 6.7 points, 5.8 re­bounds and 1.4 steals in 81 games for the Suns and Rap­tors last sea­son. The Rock­ets also agreed to terms with Brazil­ian free agent cen­ter Nene, who took a three-year deal worth $11 mil­lion, ESPN re­ported, af­ter a fouryear of­fer for $15 mil­lion was with­drawn be­cause it vi­o­lated NBA salary level rules.

IBAKA REJOINS RAP­TORS

Span­ish free agent for­ward Serge Ibaka agreed to a three-year deal worth $65 mil­lion to stay with the Toronto Rap­tors, ESPN and the Toronto Star re­ported. Ibaka av­er­aged 14.2 points and 6.8 re­bounds in 23 games af­ter be­ing traded from Or­lando.

The Cleve­land Cava­liers, who lost to Golden State in the fi­nals for the sec­ond time in three sea­sons last month, reached deals to keep 3-point sharp­shooter Kyle Korver and add Span­ish re­serve point guard Jose Calderon.—AFP

An­dre Iguo­dala

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