Former Lakers star center Andrew Bynum was criticized mercilessly this past season for failing to play a minute for the 76ers due to injury — one he suffered while bowling. But now he may be headed to play for Atlanta.
Hawks losing key players Harris, Zaza
The Dallas Mavericks reached a deal with free-agent guard Devin Harris on a three-year contract worth more than $9 million.
Harris would be returning to the Mavs after starting his career with the team as the fifth overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.
The 30-year-old Harris left Dallas in 2008 as part of the trade for Jason Kidd. Since then, Harris has played for the Nets, Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks.
Last season, Harris averaged 9.9 points and 3.4 assists for the Hawks.
BUCKS TO SIGN PACHULIA: The Milwaukee Bucks struck a three-year, $15.6 million deal with free-agent center Zaza Pachulia, according to multiple reports this weekend.
Pachulia averaged 5.9 points and 6.5 rebounds as a backup last season for the Atlanta Hawks but was limited to 52 games because of a Achilles’ injury. He is expected to be healthy for the start of training camp.
The 29-year-old Pachulia, who was a member of the Bucks in 2005, likely will back up Larry Sanders in the middle for Milwaukee next season.
The Bucks also added free-agent guard O.J. Mayo since the 2012-13 season ended.
Unrestricted free agent center Andrew Bynum will reportedly visit the Hawks this week.
ESPN.com reported Monday that Bynum will also visit the Mavericks and the injury-plagued 7-footer has visited the Cavaliers, resulting in a two-year offer.
Bynum, 25, sat out all of last season as a member of the 76ers with knee problems that required surgery. He missed 28 games during the 2011-12 season with the Lakers when he was named an All-Star. He averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game that season. Bynum missed 32 games during the 2008-09 season and 47 games during the 2007-08 season.
Bynum’s agent has informed interested teams that the player will provide medical reports about his knees but will not work out.
Pachulia, Harris departing: Zaza Pachulia will leave the Hawks after eight seasons for the Bucks, agreeing to a three-year, $15 million deal to rejoin ex-Hawks coach Larry Drew. The fan favorite took to social media to thank fans, postin on Twitter, “Amazing 8 years. Great memories. Thank you Hawks fans for the love and support. I love you guys and you will always be special to me.”
Devin Harris, who played last season after a trade from the Jazz, agreed to a three-year, $9 million deal with the Mavericks.
So long, J Smoove: After Josh Smith agreed on a four-year, $56 million offer from the Pistons Saturday, ending a nine-year run, some of his former teammates reacted on Twitter.
Al Horford tweeted on Sunday: “Enjoyed playing with Josh, we really had some good years. Best of luck moving forward. #Teammate #Hawks”
Jeff Teague messaged: “Congrats to the homie josh smith was a great teammate enjoyed playing with u”
Korver on Millsap: Kyle Korver, who played with Paul Millsap for a season and a half with the Jazz, will be reunited with the power forward with the Hawks.
“Paul is a great guy,” Korver said. “He’s a blue-collar player who knows how to play the game. He’s going to be a great fit for this system. He’s a really good all-around player.”
Both players, along with DeMarre Carroll, can sign contracts with the Hawks on Wednesday after agreeing in principle to new deals as unrestricted free agents.
No word on rookies: The Hawks have yet to announce the signings of their first-round draft picks, center Lucas Nogueira and point guard Dennis Schroeder. The team is scheduled to leave for Las Vegas Summer League on Tuesday and begin practice today. The Hawks will play a minimum of five games in the summer league beginning Friday against the Clippers.
The Hawks have not announced their summer league roster, which will include John Jenkins, Mike Scott, Shelvin Mack and draftee Mike Muscala.