Warriors, Andre Iguodala agree to $48 million deal

Denver Nuggets Andre Iguodala (9) walks off the court during the second half of Game 6 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Denver Nuggets Andre Iguodala (9) walks off the court during the second half of Game 6 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors have landed a coveted free agent — just not the one everybody was talking about.

The Warriors reached an agreement with swingman Andre Iguodala on a $48 million, four-year deal Friday, two people with knowledge of the situation said.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because NBA rules prevent confirmation of moves until July 10. One said the Warriors cleared more than $24 million in salary cap space by sending Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush to the Utah Jazz along with unspecified draft picks.

Yahoo Sports, which first reported the deal, said the Warriors were only taking back Kevin Murphy and his non-guaranteed $788,000 deal for next season.

While the Warriors had hoped to sign Dwight Howard, the team was informed by the seven-time All-Star he would not be signing with them. Instead, Golden State unloaded its expiring contracts for what it believes was the next best player on the market.

The complicated moves give the rejuvenated franchise, fresh off an appearance in the second round of the playoffs and with a stockpile of promising young talent, a potent scorer and perimeter defender to team with point guard Stephen Curry and company. And for Iguodala, it’s a chance to play with another contender.

Iguodala averaged 13 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds last season for the Denver Nuggets.

Stevens answers Celts’ call

WALTHAM, Mass. — Brad Stevens said he had no desire to leave Butler — until the Celtics called.

Seventeen championships. Bill Russell. Red Auerbach. It was all too much for the 36-year-old Stevens to resist.

Boston introduced its 17th coach at a news conference on Friday at the team’s practice facility, and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Stevens was his first choice to replace Doc Rivers. Boston received a first-round draft pick from the Los Angeles Clippers for the rights to Rivers last week, and then Ainge called Stevens.

“First of all, the Boston Celtics, like, wow — that is an incredible feeling,” Stevens said about last week’s phone call from Ainge. “It’s an incredible honor and it’s certainly flattering.”

Stevens received a six-year deal worth a reported $22 million and became the youngest head coach in the NBA.

“My first phone call was to Brad Stevens. Brad was my first choice,” Ainge said. “I have watched and admired his poise, his intelligence, his teams — their effort, their execution under pressure and I’ve always looked at him the last few years as a guy who was a great candidate to be a head coach — never really thinking that it was going to be this soon in Celtic history but he’s a guy that I have targeted for a long time as a potential great coach.”

Mavs, Calderon agree

DALLAS — The Mavericks moved quickly once they were out of the running for Dwight Howard.

A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Dallas and free agent point guard Jose Calderon have an agreement on a four-year, $28 million contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because free agent contracts can’t be discussed publicly before Wednesday.

Source: 76ers acquire White

A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press the Philadelphia 76ers have acquired the rights to Houston Rockets forward Royce White.

The person spoke Friday night on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced. The 76ers also acquired the rights to 2012 draft pick Furkan Aldemir.

The Sixers will send Houston future considerations.

White was a first-round pick (16th overall) last summer and never played for the Rockets. The 6-foot-8 White was on the inactive list as he worked on an arrangement with the team to balance his acknowledged anxiety disorder with the demands of the NBA schedule.

White was vocal on Twitter throughout the saga, often criticizing the team. The Rockets suspended White on Jan. 6 after he refused to accept an assignment to Rio Grande Valley in the NBDL.

Yahoo Sports first reported the deal.

Source: 76ers acquire White

A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press the Philadelphia 76ers have acquired the rights to Houston Rockets forward Royce White.

The person spoke Friday night on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced. The 76ers also acquired the rights to 2012 draft pick Furkan Aldemir. The Sixers will send Houston future considerations.

White was a first-round pick (16th overall) last summer and never played for the Rockets. The 6-foot-8 White was on the inactive list as he worked on an arrangement with the team to balance his acknowledged anxiety disorder with the demands of the NBA schedule.

White was vocal on Twitter throughout the saga, often criticizing the team. The Rockets suspended White on Jan. 6 after he refused to accept an assignment to Rio Grande Valley in the NBDL.

Yahoo Sports first reported the deal.

Source: McRoberts staying

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A person familiar with the situation says free agent forward Josh McRoberts has agreed to a two-year, $5.5 million deal to remain with the Charlotte Bobcats.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been made official. Free agent signings cannot be announced until July 10, according to NBA rules.

The person said the second year of the deal includes a player option.

McRoberts outperformed expectations after being acquired in a trade with Orlando.

Magic on Feb. 21. He wound up starting 19 games and averaged 9.3 points and 7.2 rebounds in 26 total games for Charlotte.

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound McRoberts gives the Bobcats added depth in the front court behind expected starters Al Jefferson and rookie Cody Zeller.