Yesterday, Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson decided to leave Utah for the Charlotte Bobcats in a three-year, $41 million deal. This deal also includes a player option in the third year. In order to make room for Jefferson, the Bobcats amnestied forward Tyrus Thomas.
Another free agent, J.R. Smith, will stay with the New York Knicks. Both parties agreed to a four-year deal worth $24.7 million.
Smith was the Sixth Man of the Year this past season and helped the Knicks to get past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2000. He also averaged a career-high 16.1 points.
Other free agent signings include:
- Kyle Korver re-signing with the Atlanta Hawks, a deal reportedly worth $24 million over four years.
- Pablo Prigioni, like Smith, will continue with the Knicks for the next three years. The deal is worth about $6 million with a partial guarantee on the last year.
- Donald Sloan will join George Hill and company to become part of the Indiana Pacers team. The Pacers signed the point guard to a multi-year deal while the financial terms are not noted.
- Earl Clark has signed on with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The deal is worth $9 million over two years. Clark was formerly with the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Marco Belinelli has decided to stay with the San Antonio Spurs, a deal worth $6 million over two years.
In coaching news, Butler head coach Brad Stevens will take the job to become the head coach of the Boston Celtics in an effort to rebuild the team.
Stevens was formerly with the Butler Bulldogs for six years and led them to the NCAA Championship twice. He also holds on to the top two single season records, won four regular season conference championships, three league tournament titles and made it to postseason tournament play all six years that he was at Butler.