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The Latest: Jordan signs after backing out on Mavs last time

July 7, 2018

The Latest on NBA Free Agency (all times EDT):

8:20 p.m.

DeAndre Jordan followed through on a commitment to sign with the Dallas Mavericks in free agency three years after backing out on the same pledge.

Jordan signed a one-year contract Friday, the first day players could make their decisions in free agency official. It’s expected to be worth around the $24.1 million Jordan was set to get before opting out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

In 2015, Jordan agreed to sign with the Mavericks before changing his mind thanks in part to the urging of former teammates and All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. The Houston native stayed with the Clippers and was going into the final year of that four-year contract before opting out. He spent his first 10 seasons with LA.

Jordan, who turns 30 this month, gives the Mavericks a rebounding and defensive presence they’ve mostly lacked since winning their only title in 2011. Dallas hasn’t won a playoff series since then.

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3:50 p.m.

Tony Parker’s time in San Antonio is over, after 17 seasons and four NBA championships.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Parker has agreed to sign a two-year, $10 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets. The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal has not been signed.

Parker lost his starting role with the Spurs last season. The move to Charlotte reunites him with former Spurs assistant James Borrego, who became the head coach in Charlotte earlier this offseason.

Parker averaged career-lows of 7.7 points and 19.5 minutes last season. The six-time All-Star is the No. 4 all-time scorer in Spurs history and the franchise’s career assists leader.

He was part of 137 playoff wins with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, the second most by any coach and player in NBA history. Popovich and Spurs legend Tim Duncan combined for 157 playoff wins. Parker has also appeared in 17 consecutive postseasons; only Karl Malone and John Stockton’s run of 19 straight playoff trips are longer.

— Reporting by AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Las Vegas.

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3:15 p.m.

Carmelo Anthony has played his last game for the Oklahoma City Thunder, barring a massive change of plans.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Friday that Anthony and the Thunder have mutually decided that he will not be on the team next season, though it remains unclear how that departure will actually happen. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because no buyout, trade or waiving has been executed.

ESPN first reported the decision by Anthony and the Thunder. The person who spoke to AP says Anthony would prefer to sign with a contender if he becomes a free agent.

Anthony is due to make $28 million this season, his last in a five-year, $125 million contract he signed with New York before getting moved to Oklahoma City. He has said he will not accept a reserve role, and by parting with him — somehow — the Thunder could save more than $90 million in luxury tax payments.

Anthony averaged 16.2 points on 40 percent shooting last season, both of those being career-lows.

— Reporting by AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Las Vegas.

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2:50 p.m.

Dwight Howard started Friday as a member of the Charlotte Hornets. He’s now with the Brooklyn Nets and before long, he will be with the Washington Wizards.

Howard’s trade from the Hornets to the Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov, the draft rights to Hamidou Diallo, a 2021 second-round draft pick and cash considerations was approved by the NBA on Friday — the first day such a move could be executed now that the offseason moratorium on player movement is over.

A person familiar with the negotiations says Howard has agreed to a buyout with the Nets, and intends to sign a $5.3 million, one-year deal with Washington. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because that portion of the deal remains is not finalized and cannot be until Howard clears waivers.

Howard has played for five NBA teams and averaged 16.6 points for the Hornets last season.

— Reporting by AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Las Vegas.

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2:30 p.m.

Guard Isaiah Briscoe has finally reached the NBA, signing Friday with the Orlando Magic.

Briscoe agreed to terms with the Magic several days ago after impressing the team during a minicamp for free agents. He spent last season playing in Estonia, averaging 18.5 points per game, and was MVP of the Estonia-Latvia All-Star Game after a 50-point effort.

Briscoe was undrafted in 2017 after two seasons at Kentucky.

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11:25 a.m.

Kyle O’Quinn is joining the Indiana Pacers.

A person familiar with the terms tells The Associated Press that O’Quinn has agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal remains unsigned.

O’Quinn was with the New York Knicks last season. He becomes the third free agent to pick Indiana this summer, joining Doug McDermott and Tyreke Evans. McDermott and Evans both signed their deals with the Pacers on Friday.

O’Quinn is entering his seventh NBA season, after spending three with Orlando and three with the Knicks. He averaged a career-high 7.1 points per game last season and has yet to appear in a postseason game.

— Reporting by AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Las Vegas.

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