NBA: Lakers sign size, Kaman to help replace Howard

2013-07-09T00:00:00Z NBA: Lakers sign size, Kaman to help replace HowardThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LOS ANGELES - Chris Kaman is headed back to Los Angeles, this time with the Lakers.

The 7-foot free agent center who spent the first eight years of his career with the Clippers said Monday on Twitter that he had agreed to join the Lakers. The deal is reportedly for one year at $3.2 million.

"I am going to be going back to LA and it's to play for the Lakers!" Kaman wrote. "I am excited about this move and can't wait to play!"

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak later issued a statement through the team saying Los Angeles has been negotiating with Kaman and intends to sign him.

It will be Kaman's second straight season on a one-year contract. He had an $8 million deal to be the starter in Dallas last season but spent more than half of every game on coach Rick Carlisle's bench.

He spent the previous season with New Orleans after he was part of the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Clippers.

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LOS ANGELES - New Clippers coach Doc Rivers has named his coaching staff, including Alvin Gentry, who returns for a third stint with the team.

Gentry was named associate head coach, while Armond Hill, Kevin Eastman and Tyronn Lue will serve as assistants.

JP Clark was hired as assistant players skill coach, completing a housecleaning of the staff that worked under former Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro.

Gentry previously was head coach of the Clippers from 2000-03 and an assistant from 1990-91. He most recently coached the Phoenix Suns before he and the team parted ways last January.

• The Washington Wizards have signed No. 3 overall draft pick Otto Porter and second-round selection Glen Rice Jr.

Under the NBA's scale for rookie salaries, Porter was expected to sign a deal that could pay him up to $19.4 million over four seasons, with the first two seasons guaranteed.

• The New York Knicks signed first-round draft pick Tim Hardaway Jr. to a contract on Monday.

Hardaway Jr. was the 24th selection in the draft and played at the University of Michigan where he helped lead the Wolverines to the NCAA championship game last season.

The Knicks also signed free agent forward C.J. Leslie to a contract.

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