The NBA notebook …
ORLANDO, Fla. ó Kevin Durant didn’t want to wait until training camp to wear an Oklahoma City uniform for the first time.
The reigning NBA rookie of the year donned his relocated team’s jersey Tuesday, helping Oklahoma City beat the host Magic 100-77 in a summer league matchup. Durant scored 22 points in 28 minutes, looking every bit as smooth as he did this past season with the Seattle SuperSonics.
“For love of the game,” Durant said. “I liked being out there. It was great to play with my new teammates.”
One problem: Durant didn’t bring game sneakers to Orlando.
So he ordered some to be shipped overnight, and they arrived in plenty of time for tipoff.
MAGGETTE TO WARRIORS?
OAKLAND, Calif. ó 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, a 6-foot-6 swingman from Duke, should fit splendidly into Golden State coach Don Nelson’s pell-mell style of play. He averaged 22.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists last season.
Maggette will trade places on the California coast with Baron Davis, who spurned the Warriors last week to agree to terms with the Clippers.
One day after scoring 28 points in his much-hyped debut, Michael Beasley returned to earth Tuesday, finishing with only nine points in Miami’s 90-81 summer league win over New Jersey.
The second overall pick in last month’s draft was a mere mortal, missing all but one of his 13 shots from the field and collecting nearly as many fouls (seven, there’s no automatic disqualification in summer league) as he did points.
“You can’t have a great game every night,” Beasley said. “But that wasn’t a bad game, though. We still won.”
PHILADELPHIA ó The 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 play for free agent Elton Brand.
NEW YORK ó The Knicks signed first-round draft pick Danilo Gallinari on Tuesday and expect to have him ready to play in summer league games next week in Las Vegas.
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