NEW YORK — The New York Knicks are keeping J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni, two key members of their first Atlantic Division championship team since 1994.
Both players agreed to new deals Thursday, their agents confirmed.
Smith, the Sixth Man of the Year, gets a four-year contract worth around $25 million.
Prigioni could make about $6 million over three years. The Argentine guard moved into the starting lineup late in the season.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — People familiar with the situation said the Charlotte Bobcats agreed to a three-year, $40.5 million contract with free agent center Al Jefferson from the Utah Jazz.
Jefferson will make $13.5 million in each season with a player option for the third year.
The people spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal isn’t official. According to NBA rules, the contract cannot be signed until July 10.
Jefferson, 28, gives the Bobcats a much-needed scoring threat in the low post, where they struggled last season. The 6-foot-10, 289-pound Jefferson has averaged 18.8 points and 10 rebounds over the past seven seasons.
CLEVELAND — A person with knowledge of the negotiations said the Cleveland Cavaliers have reached agreement on a two-year contract with free agent forward Earl Clark.
Clark, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, met for two days with the Cavs earlier this week. The deal is worth $9 million, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because NBA teams can’t announce free-agent signings until July 10.
The 6-foot-10 Clark set career-highs in scoring (7.3), rebounds (5.5) and minutes (23.1) in 36 starts last season.
BOSTON — The Boston Celtics are ready to introduce former Butler coach Brad Stevens as their new coach.
Stevens will join Celtics officials at a Friday morning news conference at the Celtics Training Center.
The Celtics announced Wednesday that they hired the 36-year-old as the team’s next coach. He replaces Doc Rivers, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Stevens has led the Bulldogs to the NCAA title game twice, but has no NBA experience as a player or coach. He had been courted by Illinois and UCLA, among others.
ATLANTA — A person with knowledge of the deal said the Atlanta Hawks have reached an agreement to re-sign guard-forward Kyle Korver to a multiyear deal.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.
Korver averaged 10.9 points per game and ranked second in the NBA by making 45.7 percent of his 3-point shots. Korver also had reported interest from Brooklyn, Milwaukee and San Antonio.
The contract will not impact the Hawks’ ability to offer free-agent center Dwight Howard a maximum contract. General manager Danny Ferry and coach Mike Budenholzer met with Howard in Los Angeles this week.
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