ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Magic agreed to a deal with free agent Quentin Richardson on Monday, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced. Terms of the contract were not immediately known.

The deal adds another potent shooter for Orlando to put around Dwight Howard.

It also means the Magic are likely parting ways with free agent small forward Matt Barnes, who opted out of the last year of his two-year deal with Orlando to become a free agent.

Barnes has said he would like to re-sign with Orlando, but that seems increasingly unlikely. He was looking to capitalize on a multiyear contract after starting the majority of last season. Barnes is not a long-range threat like Richardson — who shot 39 percent from 3-point range last season for Miami — but was one of Orlando’s best perimeter defenders.

Richardson does, however, give the cash-strapped Magic some flexibility in free agency.

The 6-foot-6 Richardson can play both small forward and shooting guard. The Magic, already over the luxury tax, have until Friday to decide if they want to match the $19 million, three-year offer Chicago made for restricted free agent J.J. Redick.

Cavs owner stands behind James stance

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert says he “strongly” disagrees with Jesse Jackson’s criticism of his recent comments about superstar LeBron James.

Following James’ announcement last week that he was leaving Cleveland to join the Miami Heat, Gilbert fired off an incendiary letter to Cavs fans, ripping the 25-year-old and calling his decision “cowardly behavior.” Later, Gilbert told The Associated Press that he felt the NBA’s two-time MVP quit during the playoffs the past two years and that James “has gotten a free pass.”

On Sunday, Jackson responded to Gilbert’s remarks by saying the Cavs owner sees James as a “runaway slave” and that Gilbert’s comments put the player in danger.

In a statement released by the team on Monday, Gilbert tried to put an end to the issue.

“I strongly disagree with Rev. Jesse Jackson’s recent comments and we are not going to engage in any related discussion on it,” Gilbert said. “Going forward, we’re very excited about the Cavaliers and the positive future of our region.”

Gilbert is in Las Vegas attending the owners’ meetings.

James’ publicist, Keith Estabrook, declined comment to The AP.

Haslem staying put with Heat

MIAMI (AP) — Udonis Haslem is staying with the Miami Heat.

Haslem signed a five-year deal Monday worth around $20 million, more than $10 million less than he could have gotten had he accepted offers from the Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets.

“I would be changing my DNA if I left just for money,” Haslem said.

Haslem has been teammates with Dwyane Wade for each of their previous seven NBA seasons, and Wade wanted that relationship to continue. When Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh agreed to new deals last week, each took slightly less money to allow Miami room to get other players.

And in turn, Haslem took less money to stay with the Heat as well.

“It’s good to be back,” Haslem said.

Haslem has averaged 10.0 points and 8.1 rebounds in his seven Miami seasons.

Heat, Timberwolves finalize Beasley trade

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Timberwolves and Heat completed their trade on Monday that sends Michael Beasley to Minnesota for two second-round picks and cash considerations.

The Heat made the move to clear cap room to re-sign Dwyane Wade and bring in Chris Bosh and LeBron James. The Heat get Minnesota’s second-round picks in 2011 and 2014.

The 21-year-old Beasley averaged 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Heat last season. The former No. 2 overall pick started all 78 games he played in last year.

Beasley is under contract for $4.9 million this season and the Wolves will have a team option for roughly $6.2 million next year.

The trade also helped Miami to sign forward Udonis Haslem to a five-year deal on Monday.


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