The Trail Blazers reached an agreement with restricted free agent Wesley Matthews, a deal that was solidified when the Utah Jazz did not match Portland’s offer for the shooting guard.
Juwan Howard joined the Miami Heat, signing a deal that won’t raise the ire of NBA officials — unlike his first agreement with Pat Riley. In July 1996, Howard signed a $100 million, sevenyear contract with Miami that was ultimately voided by the league because the Heat had gone over the salary cap.
A person familiar with the situation said the Chicago Bulls are finalizing a sign-andtrade deal with the Golden State Warriors for guard C.J. Watson. The Warriors would likely receive a 2011 secondround pick.
Prominent sports agent Lon Babby is taking a pay cut, probably a significant one, to become president of basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns, a job he called “the opportunity of a lifetime.” The 59-year-old attorney’s initial task will be to hire a general manager. Babby’s clients included the Suns’ Grant Hill, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and Boston’s Ray Allen.