Gordon Hayward is heading to a new home. Fred VanVleet is staying put.
VanVleet agreed Saturday to a four-year, $85 million contract to remain with the Toronto Raptors, The Associated Press reported, as NBA free agency continued. The Charlotte Hornets, meanwhile, reportedly will sign Hayward to a four-year contract worth $120 million. VanVleet, the undrafted guard from Wichita State, has set career bests in scoring by wide margins in each of the last three seasons, that number rising to 17.6 points per game this past season. Hayward, with Boston, averaged 14.0 points per game over the last two seasons. as he often battled injuries.
• Guard Rajon Rondo, who helped the Lakers win this year’s NBA title, agreed to a two-year deal with Atlanta. The Hawks agreed with guard Kris Dunn earlier Saturday on a two-year contract.
• Carmelo Anthony is coming back for an 18th season, agreeing on a one-year deal to remain with Portland.
• Forward Jae Crowder, a big part of Miami’s run last season to the NBA Finals, agreed on a three-year contract with Phoenix.
• Forward Paul Millsap is staying with Denver on a one-year deal, the Denver Post reported.
• Miami agreed to a two-year deal with top defensive guard Avery Bradley.
• Forward Bobby Portis, who averaged 10.1 points last season for New York, agreed to a deal with Milwaukee.
• Forward Dwight Howard, who had been with the Lakers, signed a one-year, $2.6 million deal with Philadelphia.
• Center Tristan Thompson, who was with Cleveland for eight seasons, agreed to a deal with Boston.
Top two seeds fall in ATP tennis event: Instead of No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 2 Rafael Nadal for the ATP Finals trophy on Sunday, it’ll be No. 3 Dominic Thiem against No. 4 Daniil Medvedev. Nadal had won 71 matches in a row when grabbing the opening set, and he served for the victory in Saturday’s semifinals when leading 5-4 in the second set. But Medvedev broke at love there and came all the way back to win 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3. That came after Thiem frittered away four match points in his semifinal against Djokovic. But he reeled off seven of the match’s last eight points after trailing 4-0 in the last tiebreaker, winning 7-5, 6-7 (10), 7-6 (5).
Kim pulls away in LPGA tourney: Sei Young Kim answered Ally McDonald’s ace with a late birdie run to open a five-stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round of the Pelican Women’s Championship. The second-ranked Kim shot a 6-under-par 64, birdieing Nos. 14-17, to get to 14-under 196 in Belleair, Fla.
Buckley wins with KO: St. Louis’ Joaquin “New Mansa” Buckley ran his mixed martial arts record to 12-3, scoring an impressive knockout of previously unbeaten Jordan Wright 18 seconds into the second round of their middleweight bout Saturday at UFC 255 in Las Vegas.
Buckley, 26, hurt Wright (11-1) in the final seconds of the first round and followed up with a pair of powerful left hooks to end the fight early in the second round.
In his last fight on Oct. 10, Buckley knocked out previously unbeaten Impa Kasanganay with a spinning back kick that produced one of the most dramatic finishes in MMA history. For his efforts that night, Buckley received a $50,000 "Performance of the Night" bonus. (Joe Lyons)
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