Free-agent forward Michael Beasley has agreed to a two-year, $18-million deal with the Phoenix Suns, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Deals can't be announced until July 11. Beasley, the second overall pick in the 2008 draft out of Kansas State, has averaged 15.1 points per game in his four NBA seasons, two with the Heat and the past two with the Timberwolves. His best season was 2010-11, when he averaged 19.2 points with the Timberwolves.
It has been a busy 24 hours for the Suns, who agreed to an offer sheet with restricted free agent guard Eric Gordon on Tuesday, then agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that would send Steve Nash to the Lakers Wednesday night.A person familiar with the talks said Gordon agreed to a four-year deal worth about $58 million. The Hornets have the right to match the deal and keep him.
The Suns also have had meetings this week with guard Goran Dragic as they prepare for life after Nash.
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Yesterday, the 76ers made good on part of that equation, agreeing in principle on a two-year, $13-million deal with Hawes, a center. Hawes can't officially sign the deal, which was first reported by Yahoo! Sports, until the league lifts the moratorium on signing contracts July 11.
Hawes received interest from other teams, including the Trail Blazers and Heat. According to sources with knowledge of the conversations, however, Hawes wanted to return to Philadelphia.
After missing only one game during the 2010-11 season, Hawes missed 29 last season, 27 of them with a sore Achilles tendon. In 37 games with 29 starts, Hawes averaged 9.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in just under 25 minutes. He also shot 49 percent from the floor.
Bulls' Noah won't play for France
"I'm absolutely not ready," Noah said in Wednesday's edition of L'Equipe newspaper. "Not ready to run, not ready to jump. And even less to play."
Noah said he will need more time and work to recover completely from the injury, which occurred during the NBA playoffs.
"I'm not in the form of someone bidding to compete in the Olympics," he said. "And given the problems that I have with my ankles, not going to the Olympics seemed to be the most reasonable decision."
Noah is confident his teammates will fare well in London. "The team is not just me," he said. "I know there are other guys who can do a good job."
The 12 players who will represent France in London were set to be announced Thursday. It's still unclear whether Spurs guard Tony Parker will make the cut after a scratch to his cornea in a fight involving singer Chris Brown and members of hip-hop star Drake's entourage in New York.
France will face the United States in its first game at the Olympics July 29.-- AP