NBA: Mavericks add Ellis to backcourt
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks have made their biggest free agent play in a busy offseason, adding shooting guard Monta Ellis to a backcourt that’s still crowded even after a couple of setbacks.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in an email Saturday that Ellis has agreed to a contract. It is reportedly a three-year deal valued between $25 million and $30 million.
The deal with Ellis was reached after first-round pick Shane Larkin broke his right ankle in summer league practice Friday. Dallas also reportedly is backing out of a three-year, $9 million deal with Devin Harris because of a toe injury.
Ellis figures to start alongside point guard Jose Calderon, another free agent who signed a four-year, $29 million deal.
Ellis, 27, averaged 19.2 points with Milwaukee last season.
• MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent guard O.J. Mayo.
The Bucks agreed to terms on a three-year, $24 million contract with Mayo last week. But thanks to a series of moves that general manager John Hammond has in the works, the Bucks had to wait until Saturday to make the contract official.
Mayo, 25, averaged 15.3 points for the Dallas Mavericks last season. His signing should help the Bucks deal with the loss of J.J. Redick to the Clippers and the expected departure of Monta Ellis.
• SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs have re-signed center Tiago Splitter after the best season of the Brazilian center’s career.
Terms of the deal announced Saturday weren’t released. The contract is reportedly worth $36 million over four seasons.
Splitter started 58 of 81 games and averaged career highs at 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds. He provided a strong pairing with forward Tim Duncan as the Spurs reached the NBA Finals and were within 28 seconds of the championship in Game 6 before Miami rallied and won the series in seven games.
Splitter, 28, was drafted by the Spurs late in the first round in 2007 but didn’t join them until three years later. He spent 10 years in the Spanish League after signing at the age of 15.
• ATLANTA (AP) — Jeff Teague is still a member of the Atlanta Hawks.
The Hawks on Saturday matched the four-year, $32 million offer sheet the restricted free agent point guard signed with Milwaukee.
Teague, a four-year veteran and two-year starter, set career highs with averages of 14.6 points and 7.2 assists last season.
The Hawks lost Josh Smith, who signed with Detroit, but have re-signed guard/forward Kyle Korver and added free-agent forwards Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll.
• SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ben McLemore has signed his rookie contract with the Sacramento Kings.
The Kings announced Saturday night that the seventh overall pick in the NBA draft made his first deal official. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
McLemore averaged 15.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and two assists on a Kansas team that went 31-6 and won a share of its ninth straight Big 12 title last season. He shot nearly 50 percent overall and 42 percent from 3-point range.