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Warriors to sign Maggette

Reports say Cory Maggette will sign with the Golden State Warriors.Associated Press
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The Golden State Warriors will sign high-scoring free agent Corey Maggette to a five-year contract worth around $50 million, a person with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press on Tuesday night.

Maggette averaged 22.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists last season for the moribund Clippers, finishing slightly off his career highs in all three categories.

The league has set its salary cap for the 2008-09 season at $58,680,000, clearing the way for teams to sign free agents and make trades today.

Sixers open cap space

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to trade forward Rodney Carney and a future No. 1 pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a deal that clears salary cap space for Philadelphia to make a stronger push for free agents, two people in the NBA told the Associated Press.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been completed and the NBA trade moratorium is not lifted until today.

The deal clears the way for the Sixers to potentially offer a nearly $14 million starting salary and a long-term deal to a free agent. In fact, the L.A. Times and have reported that the Sixers have an oral commitment on a deal with Elton Brand.

Around the league

First-round draft pick O.J. Mayo signed a multiyear contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies also announced the signing of Darrell Arthur, the 27th selection in the draft. … The New York Knicks signed first-round draft pick Danilo Gallinari. … The Sacramento Kings signed first-round pick Jason Thompson. … First-round draft pick Joe Alexander signed a contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.