NORMAN — Bynum meets with Cavs: CLEVELAND — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wondered what other moves general manager Chris Grant had in mind to improve Cleveland this summer.
He knows now.
The Cavs hosted free agent center Andrew Bynum on Monday, a person familiar with the visit told The Associated Press. The 7-foot Bynum, who didn’t play one game for Philadelphia last season because of a knee injury, met with team officials at Cleveland Clinic Courts, the club’s suburban facility, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of negotiations.
On Sunday, Gilbert went on Twitter to applaud the team’s acquisition of free agent forward Earl Clark and guard Jarrett Jack, who both agreed to terms on deals with Cleveland last week. On his page, Gilbert wrote: “I am more than excited about (at)TeamEarlClark & (at)JarrettJack03 joining the (at)cavs! Two team players that flat-out make us better. What’s next CG?”
Bynum’s meeting with the Cavs was first reported by ESPN.
Nuggets to get Foye: OAKLAND, Calif. — The Denver Nuggets will get something back for Andre Iguodala after all.
The Nuggets have agreed to separate sign-and-trade deals that will land them guard Randy Foye from the Utah Jazz and send Iguodala to the Golden State Warriors, a person familiar with the decision said Monday.
The Warriors had planned to sign Iguodala to a four-year, $48 million deal as a free agent last week. Instead, the restructured deal will give Golden State more salary cap flexibility, deliver Denver a $9 million trade exception and help Utah build for the future with expiring contracts and draft picks.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Monday because teams are not allowed to confirm moves until the new league year begins Wednesday, says the original Warriors-Jazz deal remains intact.
The Warriors will clear more than $24 million by sending Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush to the Jazz along with the package of draft picks. All three are in the last year of their contracts.
Kaman signs with Lakers: LOS ANGELES — Chris Kaman is headed back to Los Angeles, this time with the Lakers.
The 7-foot free agent center who spent the first eight years of his career with the Clippers said Monday on Twitter that he had agreed to join the Lakers. The deal is reportedly for one year at $3.2 million.
“I am going to be going back to LA and it’s to play for the Lakers!” Kaman wrote. “I am excited about this move and can’t wait to play!”
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak later issued a statement through the team saying Los Angeles has been negotiating with Kaman and intends to sign him.
It will be Kaman’s second straight season on a one-year contract. He had an $8 million deal to be the starter in Dallas last season but spent more than half of every game on coach Rick Carlisle’s bench.
Warriors to sign Speights: OAKLAND, Calif.— The Golden State Warriors and Marreese Speights have reached an agreement on a free agent contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said Monday.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because teams can’t announce moves until the new league year begins Wednesday. Terms of the deal weren’t immediately known.
Speights should help fill the void left by power forward Carl Landry, who agreed to a four-year, $26 million deal with the Sacramento Kings on Saturday. Speights averaged 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in the final 39 games with Cleveland after coming over in a trade from Memphis last season.
He will likely come off the bench for the Warriors at both power forward and center.
The 25-year-Speights was drafted 16th overall out of Florida by Philadelphia in 2008. He has averaged 7.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in his first five NBA seasons.
Rivers chooses new coaching staff: LOS ANGELES — New Clippers coach Doc Rivers has named his coaching staff, including Alvin Gentry, who returns for a third stint with the team.
Gentry was named associate head coach, while Armond Hill, Kevin Eastman and Tyronn Lue will serve as assistants.
JP Clark was hired as assistant players skill coach, completing a housecleaning of the staff that worked under former Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro.
Gentry previously was head coach of the Clippers from 2000-03 and an assistant from 1990-91. He most recently coached the Phoenix Suns before he and the team parted ways last January.
Gentry’s other head coaching stints were with Detroit and Miami.
Hill joins Rivers in Los Angeles after spending nine seasons as an assistant under him in Boston. Eastman also was a member of Rivers’ staff with the Celtics for eight seasons.
Lue, who won two NBA titles as a player with the Lakers, joins the Clippers after four seasons on the Celtics’ bench, including the last two as an assistant under Rivers. Lue will coach the Clippers’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Clark spent last season with the Celtics’ player development department.