The Phoenix Suns are off and running in their roster makeover to face life after Steve Nash.
On the same night the team sent their two-time MVP point guard to the Los Angeles Lakers for four draft picks in a sign-and-trade deal, they reacquired his former backup, Goran Dragic, and reached an agreement to sign forward Michael Beasley.
The flurry of activity began Tuesday night when the Suns agreed with shooting guard Eric Gordon on a four-year, $58 million offer sheet, although that move might never reach fruition because the New Orleans Hornets have vowed to match the deal.
The remodeling began when Phoenix selected point guard Kendall Hunter, of North Carolina, with the 13th pick in the draft.
CELTICS: After deciding to bring back the aging Big Three for another run at the NBA title, Danny Ainge knew he needed to surround it with more talent.
The Celtics general manager settled on former Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Jason Terry as one of the key pieces. Terry has reportedly agreed to a three-year deal for $15 million that is only waiting for the NBA’s moratorium on free agent signings to be lifted on July 11 for the deal to be finalized.
HEAT: A person familiar with the situation says free agent guard Ray Allen visited NBA champions at their home arena Thursday.
Allen is at the top of Miami’s free agent list.
THUNDER: Hasheem Thabeet is getting another chance to prove himself, this time with the Western Conference champion Oklahoma City.
Thabeet’s agent, Bill Duffy, confirmed Thursday that the 7-foot-3 center has agreed to a two-year guaranteed contract with the Thunder.
Thabeet was the No. 2 pick in the 2009 draft by Memphis but has averaged only 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in limited playing time over the last three seasons with the Grizzlies, Houston and Portland.