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Larry Drew was named the Milwaukee Bucks' head coach, the team announced Friday.

Drew agreed to a four-year deal that will pay him $10 million, according to an ESPN.com report.

Houston Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson was the other finalist for the job, which became vacant when the Bucks fired interim head coach Jim Boylan after the team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Drew, 55, had a 128-102 regular-season record in his three season as the Atlanta Hawks head coach, but he was dismissed this season after the team lost in the first round of the postseason.

---Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen has been suspended one game without pay by the NBA for his physical confrontation with Indiana Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough on Thursday. He will serve his suspension in Game 6 on Saturday.

Also, Andersen's flagrant foul one was upgraded to a flagrant foul two.

---Denver Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri accepted an offer from the Toronto Raptors to run the Raptors' basketball operation, Yahoo! Sports reported.

Ujiri agreed to a five-year, $15 million contract from the Raptors, according to the report.

Ujiri was voted the NBA executive of the year this past season, helping the Nuggets achieve the third best record in the Western Conference.

Ujiri had been as an assistant GM with the Raptors before accepting the Nuggets' job in 2010.

---The sale of the Sacramento Kings was finalized Friday.

The Maloof family announced that their agreement to sell the Kings and the Sleep Train Arena to the Sacramento investor group led by Vivek Ranadive for an NBA-record $535 million closed escrow.

---The Houston Rockets have received signs that Dwight Howard may be interested in leaving the Los Angeles Lakers and coming to Houston when he becomes a free agent July 1, ESPN.com reported.

Howard has reportedly let friend and Rockets guard James Harden know that he is interested. Howard will make himself available to the Rockets and Dallas Mavericks for recruiting visits after free agency begins. Other teams could be added to his list.

The Rockets are reportedly looking to trade Thomas Robinson, last year's No. 5 overall draft pick, to make salary cap room to offer Howard a maximum contract.
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