NBA free agency: Seth Curry agrees to return to Dallas

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Portland’s Seth Curry, left, is guarded by older brother Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. The younger Curry brother agreed to a four-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.
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Seth Curry is returning to Dallas as a free agent after a year away.

Two people with knowledge of the deal say Stephen Curry’s younger brother and the Mavericks have agreed on a four-year, $32-million contract. The people spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because deals can’t be signed until Saturday.

The younger Curry had the best season of his career with Dallas in 2016-17, averaging career highs of 12.8 points, 2.7 assists and 29 minutes per game. He missed all of 2017-18 with a stress reaction in his lower left leg before joining Portland on a one-year contract last season. Curry averaged 7.9 points for the Trail Blazers.

The Mavericks were looking for a shooting guard to pair with rookie of the year Luka Doncic, the 20-year-old Slovenian who figures to be their starting point guard for years. With the Curry agreement, Dallas still has about $20 million in salary cap space.


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Curry has the versatility to play both guard spots. So does Jalen Brunson, a second-round pick in last year’s draft after Dallas traded up to get Doncic as the third overall selection.

Elfrid Payton heading to Knicks on two-year deal

A person with knowledge of the details says the Knicks have agreed to a two-year deal with guard Elfrid Payton.

Payton was the fifth player added by the Knicks in the first two days of free agency, including the second who spent last season with the New Orleans Pelicans. New York first agreed to a contract with forward Julius Randle.


The Knicks also agreed to deals with Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson on Sunday, and the person confirmed that New York had added swingman Reggie Bullock early Monday. Then, Wayne Ellington reached agreement Monday before Payton.

The person says the second year of Payton’s deal is a team option. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot yet be signed. The deal was first reported by The Athletic.

Payton was limited to 42 games last season because of injuries, averaging 10.6 points and 7.6 assists. The No. 10 pick of the 2014 draft spent his first 3 1/2 seasons in Orlando.

Wizards deal Satoransky to Bulls, add Ish Smith

Versatile guard Tomas Satoransky says he is headed to the Chicago Bulls.

The 6-foot-7 Satoransky set career highs by averaging 8.9 points, 5.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 80 games with Washington last season. Satoransky posted on Twitter he was “so excited and proud to be a part of #chicagobulls. Can’t wait to be on a court at United Center!”

A person familiar with the deal tells the Associated Press the Bulls are acquiring Satoransky in a sign-and-trade that sends draft pick compensation to the Wizards. The person also confirmed the Wizards had agreed to a $25 million, three-year contract with center Thomas Bryant and a $12 million, two-year deal with free-agent guard Ish Smith.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced the moves.

The 6-foot-11 Bryant is staying in Washington after averaging 10.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in 72 games in his first season with the Wizards. Smith played for Detroit the past three seasons, averaging 8.9 points in 56 games last year.


Wayne Ellington to sign with Knicks

Wayne Ellington and the New York Knicks have agreed on a two-year contract.

Ellington’s representative, Priority Sports, announced the agreement Monday morning. A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the deal will pay Ellington $16 million. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial terms were not announced publicly.

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The Knicks will become the ninth team for Ellington, an excellent shooter who was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 NCAA Final Four when he led North Carolina to the national championship. He’s a 38% three-point shooter for his career.

Other NBA moves

Hassan Whiteside is heading to the Portland Trail Blazers, as the Miami Heat continue reshaping their roster.

A person with knowledge of the situation said Monday that the Heat have agreed to trade Whiteside to the Trail Blazers for Meyers Leonard and Moe Harkless. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal is still pending NBA approval.

Whiteside is entering the final season of a four-year, $98-million contract. He lost his starting spot to Bam Adebayo in the second half of last season, but figures to offer front line depth to a Trail Blazers team that lost center Jusuf Nurkic to a broken leg late last season.

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Miami made the deal a day after agreeing to the framework of a move that will also bring Jimmy Butler to the Heat via trade with Philadelphia. The particulars of that trade were still being worked on Monday.

Harkless averaged 7.7 points last season for the Blazers.

Leonard had a 30-point game in Portland’s final game last season, the one where the Trail Blazers were swept out of the Western Conference finals by the Golden State Warriors. He averaged 5.9 points last season.

All three of the players involved in the Miami-Portland trade have expiring contracts this season.

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