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NBA Roundup: Pacers, West work out three-year deal

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The Indiana Pacers and David West are finalizing a three-year, $36 million contract that could trigger a chain reaction of change on the roster.

West, 32, played a large part in the Pacers' advance to the Eastern Conference finals. He averaged 17.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists a game during the season.

Teams and players can't finalize deals until July 10 when the salary cap is finalized. The third year of his new deal is expected to be a player option, with West receiving $12 million a year, according to Yahoo! Sports. He had inked a two-year, $20 million deal with Indiana before the 2011-12 season.

---Though still early in the free agent process, many teams are making their pitch to land star center Dwight Howard.

The Los Angeles Lakers finalized their pitch to Howard, which was to include appearances by Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash during a Tuesday afternoon visit. the Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors also met with the star center.

Howard met with Hawks general manager Danny Ferry and new coach Mike Budenholzer in Los Angeles. Ferry told ESPN's Shelley Smith the meeting went "well," but offered no other comment about bringing Howard back to his hometown.

---A three-team trade between the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks was made Tuesday that included Eric Bledsoe and J.J. Redick, Yanoo! Sports reported.

Redick and Jared Dudley ended up with the the Clippers, Bledsoe and Caron Butler went to the Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks received two second-round draft picks, according to the report.

The Clippers' deal for Redick was part of a sign-and-trade in exchange for the draft picks. According to Yahoo, Redick agreed to terms on a four-year, $27 million contract.

---Forward-guard Martell Webster agreed to a four-year, $21.99 million deal with the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

The Wizards targeted Webster as their main free-agent priority in the offseason. Webster had a strong 2012-13 season for Washington, and was part of the team's second-half resurgence.

Webster, 26, played in 76 games last season and averaged 11.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.

---The San Antonio Spurs are finalizing a four-year, $36 million extension for center Tiago Splitter, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

Splitter, 28, averaged 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Spurs this past season, and became a key part of the team's push to the NBA Finals. He generated interest around the league as a restricted free agent.

The contract can't officially be signed until July 10, when the league's annual ban on signings and trades will end.

---Nazr Mohammed is ready to re-sign with the Chicago Bulls, agreeing to a one-year deal Tuesday.

Mohammed broke the news via Twitter, saying he's thrilled to stay home. Mohammed said the chance to play with Derrick Rose, who sat out the entire 2012-13 season recovering from knee surgery, was a factor in his decision to play another season in Chicago.

---The New York Knicks are preparing a contract offer for veteran Elton Brand, and the interest appears mutual, according to an ESPN.com report.

Brand, an unrestricted free agent, started just 18 games for the Dallas Mavericks last season, while appearing in a total of 72. He averaged 7.2 points and six rebounds a game. Should Amare Stoudemire's minutes be limited next season, as expected, Brand could factor in a significant role off the bench.
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