Rockets keep Lowry from Cavaliers
Houston matches offer sheet for backup point guard
CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers were rejected again.
The team’s attempt to sign free agent Kyle Lowry was rebuffed Wednesday when the Houston Rockets matched Cleveland’s offer sheet to the point guard. Cleveland’s package was a three-year, $24 million deal with a fourth option year, but Rockets general manager Daryl Morey wasted no time in keeping him.
The 6-foot Lowry averaged 9.1 points, 4.5 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game last season backing up Aaron Brooks.
Scrambling to keep a competitive team after LeBron James’ departure, the Cavaliers have swung and missed at several players.
Forward Harrington headed to Nuggets
DENVER — Free agent power forward Al Harrington says he’s headed to the Nuggets, who are in dire need of frontcourt help with Kenyon Martin, Chris Andersen and Nene coming off leg injuries.
Harrington averaged 17.7 points and 5.6 rebounds last season in New York. Although the club hasn’t confirmed it, Harrington picked Denver over Dallas for a $33 million, five-year contract.
The Mavericks made a strong push for Harrington after acquiring Tyson Chan- dler, but they couldn’t commit the minutes or money that the Nuggets could.
Suns acquire Childress, Turkoglu
PHOENIX — Lanky swingman Josh Childress returned from Greece to the NBA, accepting a five-year contract with Phoenix after a signand-trade with Atlanta. The Hawks got a second-round pick. Childress was not going to come back to Atlanta.
The Suns also completed a deal that landed forward Hedo Turkoglu and sent super-sub Leandro Barbosa and little-used forward/center Dwayne Jones to the Toronto Raptors.
Minnesota agreed to a fouryear, $16 million deal with free agent point guard Luke Ridnour, who averaged 10.4 points and 4.2 assists as a backup in Milwaukee.
Charlotte reached agreement with free agent guard Shaun Livingston.
New Jersey hired former Philadelphia 76ers general manager Billy King as GM and team president.
Golden State first-round pick Ekpe Udoh from Baylor will miss six months after undergoing surgery on his left wrist.