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Pierce signs deal, returns to Celtics

Fri., July 16, 2010, midnight

The Big Three, who already have won an NBA championship, are officially signed to try for two more. Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce has re-signed with the team he led to the 2008 title, staying with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, whose contracts run for the next two years.

Miller makes Miami move: Mike Miller has signed his five-year contract with the Miami Heat, joining LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to chase a championship. The 6-foot-8 sharpshooter becomes the latest player to take less money than he could have made elsewhere to play for the Heat.

Scola returning: A person with knowledge of the deal says the Houston Rockets have agreed to terms with restricted free agent Luis Scola. The Houston Chronicle and KRIV-TV reported that Scola agreed to a five-year deal worth $47 million.

Bell bound for Utah: The Utah Jazz are bringing back Raja Bell. Agent Herb Rudoy said Bell and the Jazz agreed to a three-year deal worth around $10 million. The 33-year-old shooting guard just needs to pass a physical, which probably won’t happen until next week.

Nuggets sign pair: Anthony Carter has signed a one-year league-minimum deal to stay with the Denver Nuggets, who also signed Shelden Williams. Carter has played his last four seasons in Denver, spelling Chauncey Billups and Ty Lawson.Williams, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward/center, played sparingly for the Boston Celtics last season.

Warriors sold for record amount: A person with knowledge of the agreement says the Golden State Warriors have been sold for a record $450 million. The person told The Associated Press that Boston Celtics minority partner Joe Lacob and Mandalay Entertainment CEO Peter Guber won the bidding. The sale price breaks the record of $401 million set when Robert Sarver bought the Phoenix Suns in 2004.

Rondo, Chandler, Lopez added to national team: Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was among three players added to the new-look national team roster and will take part in training camp next week in Las Vegas. Newly acquired Dallas center Tyson Chandler and Phoenix center Robin Lopez also were selected and will be among the 21 players who will compete for a chance to play for the Americans in the world championships in Turkey from Aug. 28-Sept. 12.


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