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Azubuike signs Clippers’ offer sheet

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From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Golden State Warriors guard Kelenna Azubuike, a restricted free agent, signed an offer sheet with the Clippers on Thursday for a three-year deal worth $9 million. The Warriors have seven days to match it.

After obtaining center/forward Marcus Camby in a trade with the Denver Nuggets this week, the Clippers had about $3 million left under the salary cap for next season, an amount that would be depleted should they sign Azubuike.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Azubuike, who came from the University of Kentucky, has averaged 8.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 122 games in his two NBA seasons, both with the Warriors.

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Should he join the Clippers, he would be reunited with backcourt mate Baron Davis, who signed with the Clippers this month.

“He’s a hardworking kid,” Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy said of Azubuike. “He shoots well, is a strong defender and has a good basketball IQ.”

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Deron Williams’ agent, Bob McClaren, told the Salt Lake Tribune that the Utah Jazz point guard has agreed to a contract extension. The team has scheduled a news conference today.

According to league sources, Williams agreed to a three-year extension with a player option for the fourth year. The deal will pay Williams the maximum allowed by the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, and the earliest he can become a free agent would be the summer of 2012.


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