CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Lance Stephenson is bringing his swag to Charlotte.
The controversial shooting guard has agreed to a $27 million, three-year deal with the Hornets, according to a person familiar with the contract. The deal includes a team option for the third season.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been made public. The person says Stephenson is expected to be introduced at a press conference Friday.
Stephenson met with Hornets owner Michael Jordan and other members of the organization Tuesday night in Las Vegas to make sure he was a good fit before agreeing to the deal.
The Pacers had offered Stephenson a five-year, $44 million contract but he chose to sign for fewer years.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Brandon Rush and the Golden State Warriors are headed for a reunion.
Rush and the Warriors agreed to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. Rush’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said the small forward will hold the option in the second year of the deal.
Rush was Golden State’s top reserve and best perimeter defender during the 2011-12 season before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team’s 2012-13 home opener. He was traded to Utah last summer as part of a salary shedding move that allowed the Warriors to sign Andre Iguodala away from Denver.
Rush played just 38 games for the Jazz last season after returning from that devastating knee injury. He held a workout for teams in Las Vegas recently before signing with the Warriors, who had pursued Rush from the start of free agency July 1.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – With Lance Stephenson gone, the Indiana Pacers jumped on Rodney Stuckey to fill the void.
The Pacers agreed to terms with Stuckey on a one-year deal, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. Terms of the deal, which was first reported by USA Today, were not immediately available.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Ed Davis is on his way to the Los Angeles Lakers, giving the changing Lakers frontcourt another athletic big man and Davis another chance to show what he can do.
Davis agreed to a two-year, $2 million deal with the Lakers, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The deal includes a player option for the second season, giving him the chance to get back on the market quickly if things go well.
Toronto made Davis the 13th overall pick in 2010. He showed real flashes early on in his career, averaging 7.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in under 25 minutes per game during his rookie season. Two years later, Davis was shipped to Memphis as part of the trade that sent Rudy Gay to the Raptors, and he struggled to find consistent playing time on a Grizzlies team loaded with talent and experience in the frontcourt. When the Grizzlies re-signed Zach Randolph this summer, it made Davis expendable.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kevin Durant won two ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year, and mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey earned female athlete honors, becoming the first UFC fighter to claim a trophy in the biggest category at the show honoring the year’s best performances.
Durant also won best NBA player, ending LeBron James’ two-year reign in both categories.
Durant beat out fellow male athlete nominees Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and boxer Floyd Mayweather during the show hosted by rapper Drake at the Nokia Theatre.
Rousey, the first female UFC champion, won over WNBA star Maya Moore, Olympic champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin and Brenna Stewart of national champion Connecticut.
The winners in most categories were determined by fan voting.
NEW YORK (AP) – Derek Jeter’s final All-Star appearance has helped boost television ratings for the game.
The American League’s 5-3 win Tuesday in Minneapolis averaged more than 11.3 million viewers on Fox, up from 11 million for last year’s game at the Mets’ Citi Field in New York. The rating was up 9 percent for the first full half-hour, when the retiring Yankees shortstop first stepped to the plate.
The network said the 7.0 fast national rating was the highest since 2010. The 2012 edition set a record low with a 6.8.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – The Kansas City Royals have gotten some relief help, acquiring veteran reliever Jason Frasor from the Texas Rangers for Triple-A right-hander Spencer Patton.
The trade was made hours before Patton appeared in the Triple-A All-Star game. The Rangers assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock.
Frasor was 1-1 with a 3.34 ERA in 38 appearances this season, his second in Texas. The right-hander spent nine seasons with Toronto (2004-12), returning to the Blue Jays after being traded to the White Sox in July 2011 and finishing that season in Chicago.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said catcher Geovany Soto will be activated from the disabled list before Friday’s game at Toronto and set for his season debut in the majors after knee surgery.
OYONNAX, France (AP) – French rider Tony Gallopin led a late breakaway in a show of opportunism and savvy racing to win the 11th stage of the Tour de France as Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead.
The peloton returned to action after the race’s first rest day with the 116.3-mile ride from Besancon to Oyonnax, not far from the Swiss border. The stage featured four small- to medium-sized hills near the end.
In the stage’s mini-drama, American Andrew Talansky, struggling through pain from crashes earlier in the race, dropped out of the pack and rode solo much of the day. In a show of grit, he finished some 32 minutes back – enough to qualify to ride another day under race rules.