Rock­ets keep Lowry from Cava­liers

Hous­ton matches of­fer sheet for backup point guard

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

Else­where ...

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.

Kyle Lowry

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