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Two Former Wildcats Sign NBA Deals

LAS VEGAS - The Warriors are ratcheting up the pressure on free-agent forwards Matt Barnes and Mickael Pietrus by putting a solid backup plan in place.

Kelenna Azubuike, who made his NBA debut with Golden State in January after leading the NBA Development League in scoring, has reached an agreement with the team on a two-year deal that could be worth almost $1.5 million.

Azubuike will receive the league minimum of $687,456 next season, according to a source with knowledge of the contract terms, and holds the option on a second year worth $797,581. The papers have been drawn up and are awaiting Azubuike's signature.

"I'm very excited," Azubuike said. "This is where I want to be. I was just hoping they would bring me back."

Azubuike averaged 7.1 points in 41 games for the Warriors, shooting 43 percent from three-point range, the best figure on the team. Al Harrington shot 43.3 percent on three-pointers for the season but only 41.7 percent after coming to the Warriors in January.

A day after losing center Mikki Moore to free agency, the Nets reached an agreement in principal today with former All-Star Jamaal Magloire.

The deal is contingent on Magloire passing a physical. Contract terms were not immediately available.

Magloire averaged 6.5 points and 6.1 rebounds in 81 games last season with the Portland Trail Blazers. The seven-year veteran averaged 8.4 points and 8.1 rebounds in 23 starts.

"We are very pleased to add Jamaal to our roster," Nets President Rod Thorn said. "He is an experienced low post player who will add depth to our frontcourt rotation."

An All-Star in 2004, Magloire has career averages of 9.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in 506 games. The 19th pick overall in the 2000 draft, he also has played with Charlotte and Milwaukee.


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