Thursday’s roundup: Spurs add Gasol, re-sign Ginobili
The Spurs signed Pau Gasol, beefing up a front line that will be without Tim Duncan next season for the first time in 19 years. They also brought back guard Manu Ginobili for a 15th season.
The 7-foot Gasol, 36, has won two NBA titles and is a six-time All-Star. He is one of six players in NBA history to reach 19,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocks along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett and Duncan, who retired this week.
Spurs officials did not release terms, but a person with knowledge of the situation said he has a two-year deal worth more than $30 million.
During 1,055 career NBA games, Gasol has averaged 18.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.68 blocks while shooting .510. He has also helped Spain win silver medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
The Spurs also said they had signed Dejounte Murray, their top draft pick this year; former Michigan State guard Bryn Forbes; 7-foot center Dewayne Dedmon, 26; 6-10 forward Davis Bertans, 23, who played the last two seasons with Laboral Kutxa in the Spanish league; and 6-3 Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono.
Former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett is getting another chance in the NBA.
The Nets signed Bennett, but terms were not disclosed.
Bennett, 23, has averaged 4.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 12.8 minutes for three teams.
The Nets also signed rookie Caris LeVert (Michigan), the No. 20 pick whose rights they acquired from the Pacers in a trade for Thaddeus Young.
The Nets also reportedly agreed to sign veteran guard Randy Foye, 32.
... The Grizzlies signed 28-year-old point guard Mike Conley to the richest contract in NBA history, five years for $153 million.
Conley averaged 13.5 points and 5.6 assists last season and led Memphis to the 2013 Western Conference finals, the farthest the franchise has advanced in the postseason.
... Anderson Varejao has agreed to a return to the Warriors, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com the Warriors and Varejao have finalized a one-year deal.
... The Clippers signed center Diamond Stone, their 40th overall pick in this year’s draft. The 6-11 center averaged 12.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in one year at Maryland.
... The Kings claimed guard-forward Lamar Patterson, who was waived by the Hawks two days ago.
... The Knicks re-signed guard Sasha Vujacic and signed forward Maurice Ndour. Terms weren’t disclosed.