LAS VEGAS – A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Indiana agreed to terms with free agent guard Rodney Stuckey on a one-year deal to help replace the departed Lance Stephenson.
Stuckey and the Pacers came to the agreement a day after the Charlotte Hornets swooped in to land Stephenson. Terms of the deal, which was first reported by USA Today, were not immediately available. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.
Stuckey averaged 13.9 points last season, his seventh season with the Detroit Pistons. With Stephenson gone, Indiana was in desperate need for some offensive help. The Pacers also brought in veteran C.J. Miles this month to add some shooting.
Ex-teammate joins LeBron in Cleveland
LeBron James won’t be the only player moving from Miami to Cleveland next season. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Heat free agent James Jones will be joining James.
Jones and the Cavaliers agreed to terms on a veteran minimum deal for $1.4 million.
Pistons’ Van Gundy quietly adds options
The Detroit Pistons haven’t done anything drastic since Stan Van Gundy took over as coach and team president in May, but they have added a few under-the-radar free agents who give the roster a bit more depth.
Van Gundy has been trying to acquire players who can help Detroit’s lineup become a bit more cohesive on the court. Now the stage is set for some spirited competition once the season starts, especially on the perimeter.
Detroit signed Jodie Meeks, D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler, all of whom can shoot from 3-point range and potentially free up space for Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith to operate inside.
The Pistons waived guard Peyton Siva and forward Josh Harrellson, leaving a logjam on the perimeter with Brandon Jennings, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Singler in the mix along with Meeks, Augustin and Butler.
Warriors, former reserve ink deal
Brandon Rush and Golden State have agreed to a two-year contract. Agent Mark Bartelstein says Rush will hold the option in the second year of the deal.
Rush was Golden State’s top reserve 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.
Suns, forward reach agreement
Two people with knowledge of the situation say free agent Anthony Tolliver has agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract with Phoenix. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. Only $400,000 of the second year of the contract is guaranteed.
The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 6.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 64 games last season with Charlotte, his sixth team in six NBA seasons.
Thunder signs free agent guard
Oklahoma City signed free-agent guard Anthony Morrow. Morrow’s agent, Wallace Prather, wrote in a text message to The Associated Press on Saturday that the deal is for three years and $10 million.
The Thunder did not disclose terms of the deal.