Atlanta Hawks match offer for Jeff Teague

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The Atlanta Hawks have matched the four-year, $32 million offer sheet point guard Jeff Teague signed with the Milwaukee Bucks earlier this week, according to ESPN.com.

Teague, a restricted free agent, is included in a group of point guards from the 2009 draft that has risen to prominence during the past several seasons, including Stephen Curry, Ty Lawson, Jrue Holiday and Brandon Jennings.

He had his best season in 2012-13, averaging 14.6 points and 7.2 assists in 80 games for the Hawks.

ROCKETS: Dwight Howard is ready to start over in Texas.

The free agent, who has played for the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Laker, was introduced by the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

“It means a lot to me just to have a fresh start and have an opportunity to write my own story,” Howard said. “I don’t think people understood the fact that I got traded to L.A., and now I had a chance to really choose my own destiny, and this is the place where I chose and I’m happy about it.”

The Rockets gave him a four-year deal worth about $88 million, a year less and far
below the $118 million the Lakers could have offered.

Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon and Yao Ming were among those on hand to celebrate Howard’s signing. Also joining the party were Ralph Sampson, Clyde Drexler and Elvin Hayes.

MAVERICKS: The team has made its biggest free agent play in a busy off-season, adding shooting guard Monta Ellis.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in an e-mail Saturday that Ellis has agreed to a contract.

Ellis, 27, averaged 19.2 points with Milwaukee last season.

BUCKS: Signed free agent guard O.J. Mayo, hoping he will add some much-needed offensive punch to a roster that is searching for some after a summer of upheaval.

The Bucks agreed to terms on a three-year, $24 million contract with Mayo last week. But thanks to a series of moves that general manager John Hammond has in the works, the Bucks had to wait until Saturday to make the contract official.

The 25-year-old Mayo averaged 15.3 points for the Dallas Mavericks last season.

OUT OF HERE: After being waived by the Los Angeles Lakers via the amnesty provision, Metta World Peace said he doesn’t want any NBA team to make a bid to pick him up off waivers.

“I don’t really want to play for anybody,” World Peace said.

“I don’t want to go anywhere. I want to go to China, or coach or play arena football.”

World Peace said he has spoken to Ming about joining his former Houston Rockets teammate’s Chinese team, the Shanghai Sharks. He said he’s had conversations with representatives from “a couple other teams” in China, as well.


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