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AP sources: Sefolosha to Hawks, Kaman to Blazers

July 5, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have reached an agreement with small forward Thabo Sefolosha on a deal that leaves the team sufficient salary cap room for additional offseason moves.

The Hawks and Sefolosha have agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because teams can’t officially sign free agents until the NBA’s moratorium on deals is lifted on Thursday.

In other deals, free agent center Chris Kaman has also agreed to a two-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers worth a reported $9.8 million, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told the AP.

The deal with Sefolosha, a native of Switzerland, comes after the Hawks cleared more than $15 million in salary cap space on Tuesday by trading guard Lou Williams and the draft rights to Brazilian center Lucas Nogueira to Toronto for forward John Salmons. The Hawks could have about $11.5 million for additional signings if they pay the $1 million buyout of Salmons’ $7 million salary.

The Hawks are believed to have interest in Chicago Bulls free-agent forward Luol Deng.

The 6-foot-7 Sefolosha averaged 6.3 points as a starter in 61 games last season for Oklahoma City. He is known as a strong defender but his 3-point percentage fell from 41.9 percent in 2012-13 to 31.6 percent.

The Kaman deal was confirmed by a post on the 7-foot center’s official Twitter account.

“Portland is a great fit for me, it’s a team that has done great things and has a lot of talent! Can’t wait to get started in #RipCity,” he posted.

Kaman has averaged 11.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over an 11-year NBA career. He is expected to back up Robin Lopez with the Blazers.

He spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds, but was limited to a career-low 18.7 minutes in 39 games. He struggled late in the season with injuries.

Kaman was an All-Star with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2010, averaging a career-high 18.5 points and 9.3 rebounds. The Blazers will be his fifth team.

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AP Sports Writer Anne M. Peterson contributed to this report in Portland, Oregon.

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