NBA free agent Dwight Howard's tour is over

Howard dunks during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, in Los Angeles. Chris Paul is staying in Los Angeles; Dwight Howard could be leaving. NBA free agency opens, with Paul sticking with the Clippers and Howard exploring his options before deciding on his future with the Lakers. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Dwight Howard met with the final two teams – the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers – on his five-team to-do list Tuesday.


The NBA’s most sought-after free agent, who grew up in Swainsboro, Ga., finished his scheduled sit-down with the Mav­ericks Tues­day after­noon in Beverly Hills, Calif.Howard’s meeting with the Lakers, which lasted approximately two hours, took place after that.

Howard earlier met with Houston, Atlanta and Golden State.

PACERS: Are finalizing a deal to re-sign power forward David West to a three-year contract valued at more than $36 million with a player option in the third year, according to

TIMBERWOLVES: Kevin Martin is leaving Oklahoma City to rejoin former coach Rick Adelman with Min­nesota.

Martin agreed to terms with the Wolves on a four-year deal worth as much as $30 million.

Martin averaged 14.0 points last year in a bench role for the Thunder.

Minnesota also agreed to terms on a three-year, $16 million deal with free agent swingman Chase Budinger.

THREE-TEAM DEAL: The Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks have pulled off a three-team trade.

The Clippers have traded Caron Butler and Eric Bledsoe to the Suns, and J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley have been dealt to the Clippers. Redick is expected to sign a four-year, $27 million deal.



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