Mavericks add veteran PF Rashard Lewis
DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks have added veteran power forward Rashard Lewis.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban revealed the move Tuesday night in a post on a Cyber Dust account controlled by Cuban and the team.
The 34-year-old Lewis is a two-time All-Star who has played 16 seasons with four teams since going straight to the NBA out of a Houston high school in the 1998 draft. He played for Seattle, Orlando and Washington before the last two seasons in Miami.
His one-year deal in Dallas came on the same day the Mavericks officially signed forwards Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons.
Lewis has averaged 14.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in his 1,049 career games.
Spurs bring Messina in as an assistant
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The NBA's best coach is bringing in one of Europe's very best to add to his staff.
The San Antonio Spurs have hired Ettore Messina to be an assistant under Gregg Popovich. The team announced the hiring on Tuesday.
Messina comes to San Antonio from Russia, where he coached European power CSKA Moscow. He is a two-time Euroleague coach of the year and has also coached in Italy. He served as a coaching consultant for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011-12.
The Spurs have long been at the forefront of the NBA's international movement. Embracing that style of play, and opening their doors to players from overseas, has been one of the biggest reasons for the team's sustained success.
Popovich says he's "honored" to have Messina join his staff.
Spurs announce signing of Boris Diaw
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs completed their signing of veteran forward Boris Diaw on Tuesday.
The Spurs announced the contract after agreeing to terms July 6 on a three-year, $22 million deal. The contract is only partly guaranteed for the final season.
Diaw was invaluable for the Spurs last season, averaging 9.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 25 minutes while shooting more than 52 percent from the field.
He was one of the team's best players in the NBA Finals in June, when the Spurs beat the Miami Heat for the franchise's fifth championship.
Diaw's versatility on offense and his ability to defend multiple positions made him a key player on a team that advanced to the finals the last two seasons.
Mavs officially sign forwards Nowitzki, Parsons
DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks have officially signed forwards Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons.
The 36-year-old Nowitzki's contract is for three years and $30 million, with a player option for the final season. It's similar to the deal Tim Duncan signed with San Antonio two years ago. The 38-year-old Duncan recently exercised the option after the Spurs won their fifth title with him.
Tuesday's announcement of the contracts came five days after the Mavericks signed Parsons to an offer sheet worth about $46 million over three years. Houston declined to match the offer to the 25-year-old restricted free agent.
Nowitzki and Parsons will be part of a starting frontcourt that includes center Tyson Chandler, who came back to Dallas in a trade with New York.
Wizards send Ariza to Houston in 3-team trade
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Trevor Ariza will join the Rockets as part of a three-team trade also involving the Pelicans and Wizards.
Houston will send center Omer Asik, forward Omri Casspi and cash considerations to New Orleans.
Washington will receive center Melvin Ely and a trade exception as part of Tuesday's trade, in which the Wizards will sign Ariza before sending him to Houston. The Rockets also get forward Alonzo Gee, guard Scotty Hopson and a 2015 first-round draft pick from New Orleans.
Ariza averaged 14.4 points last season for Washington. Asik averaged 5.8 points for Houston, a year after averaging a career-best 10.1 points.
ASTROS DRAFT PICKS-UNION
Union head criticizes Astros over draft talks
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The head of the players' association thinks the Houston Astros have manipulated baseball's rules in an attempt to save money in their negotiations with top draft picks Brady Aiken and Jacob Nix.
Aiken, a left-handed pitcher from San Diego, was selected by Houston with the top pick in last month's amateur draft. Nix, a right-hander from Los Alamitos, California, was taken by the Astros in the fifth round with the 136th pick. Both have committed to UCLA if they don't sign with Houston.
AP source: Cowboys releasing backup QB Orton
(AP) - The Dallas Cowboys are releasing Kyle Orton after their backup quarterback missed all the offseason workouts amid reports he was considering retirement.
A person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Cowboys were cutting ties with Orton slightly more than a week before the start of training camp. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the decision.
The 31-year-old Orton started the finale last year after Tony Romo injured his back a week earlier. The Cowboys lost to Philadelphia, their third straight season-ending defeat against an NFC East rival with a playoff berth on the line.
The new backup is likely to be Brandon Weeden. Cleveland's first-round draft pick in 2012.
Aggies Sumlin can't escape Manziel questions
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin didn't shed much light on the competition to replace star quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Sumlin's first podium question Tuesday at Southeastern Conference media days was about, What's it like to not have Manziel?
He'd already tried to head off question about the competition between sophomore Kenny Hill and highly touted freshman Kyle Allen. That question will be answered on the field not at a podium before hundreds of reporters.
The challenge remains. The Aggies must replace three NFL first-round picks, including the 2012 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.
Texas A&M won 20 games in its first two seasons in the SEC with a headline-hogging quarterback. Now, the Aggies get a chance to prove they can win big in the powerhouse league even without Manziel.
PREP ATHLETES OF YEAR
Towns, Turner win national prep athlete awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Karl Towns Jr., a 7-footer headed to Kentucky to play basketball, and Brianna Turner, a Notre Dame recruit, have been honored as national prep athletes of the year.
Towns led his St. Joseph High School team to three straight state titles before graduating a year early this spring. The forward from Metuchen, New Jersey, averaged 20.9 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.2 blocked shots last season. He earned a 3.50 grade point average and has played for the Dominican senior national team since he was 16.
Turner led Manvel (Texas) High to consecutive state titles, averaging 20.8 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists in just 23 minutes a game last season. The guard-forward started all 154 possible games during her prep career.
The awards presented Tuesday night are sponsored by Gatorade.
UIL moves state basketball tourney to San Antonio
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas high school athletic officials have voted to move the boys' and girls' state basketball tournaments to San Antonio after 93 years in Austin.
The University Interscholastic League announced the move to the Alamodome Tuesday.
The move was prompted by scarcity of hotel rooms in Austin in early March because of the South By Southwest festival
The first state championship was held in Austin in 1921. There are now 48 teams - four in each of six divisions for boys and girls.
FOOTBALL ECONOMIC IMPACT
Football game to bring $300 million to Dallas
DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas area is expected to see more than 60,000 out-of-state fans and $300 million in spending when it hosts the new college football championship game.
The Texas Comptroller's Office projected the economic impact when it approved a major events trust fund for the Jan. 12 game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
The trust fund is anticipated revenue set aside to help pay for expenses. The state estimates sales, car rentals, hotel rentals and alcohol taxes.
The Dallas Morning News reports that the money earmarked for the game is the eighth-largest sum in the trust fund's 10-year history. That's roughly equal to spending on the Final Four basketball tournament held at the stadium earlier this year.
The spending is expected to generate more than $16 million in tax revenue.
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