July 14, 2005

Knicks acquire Sonics’ James, Heat keep Haslem

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - The New York Knicks
have reached a deal with Seattle Sonics free agent center
Jerome James and the Miami Heat have retained forward Udonis
Haslem, their agents said Thursday.

James, who averaged 4.9 points and 3.0 rebounds after
starting 80 games for the Sonics, has agreed to a five-year
contract believed to be worth about $30 million, agent Marc
Fleisher told reporters.

James will sign the deal on July 23, the first day allowed
under NBA rules.

Haslem has also agreed a five-year contract, although agent
Jason Levien said the player had spurned more lucrative offers
to stay with the Heat. Haslem is expected to make $33 million
under the deal.

"For the Heat to show me that respect, it felt good,"
Haslem told reporters. "It really wasn't a hard decision for me
at all."

Haslem has averaged 10.9 points and 9.1 rebounds in 80
games for the Heat.