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Sports briefs for July 13, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Free agent Paul Pierce heading to Wizards

Free agent forward Paul Pierce has reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with the Washington Wizards, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein and several other media outlets.

Stein tweeted late Saturday night that Pierce, who played last season with the Brooklyn Nets, will join the Wizards as a mid-level exception, with Pierce having a player option for the second year of the deal. reported that Pierce will receive the full mid-level exception for $5 million per season, with an opt out after the first season.

Pierce, previously a stalwart with the Boston Celtics for several seasons, was traded to the Nets during the 2013 draft along with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry for several draft picks.

Ravens’ Smith arrested

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct Saturday night stemming from an incident at a bar outside of Baltimore.

According to police, Smith, 25, was helping an intoxicated woman in a bar bathroom in Towson, Md., when she became nauseated. After medics arrived, officers asked Smith several times to step away but he refused to comply and became argumentative.

However, Smith cooperated with police after he was arrested. He was released from custody about 11:15 p.m. after being issued a citation. A court date has not been scheduled.

According to police, the woman was taken to a hospital.

A Ravens spokesman told that the team is gathering information about the incident.

Smith is the fifth Ravens player to be arrested this offseason.

Deng, Heat agree on $20 million deal

The Miami Heat and forward Luol Deng agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract on Sunday, according to CBS Sports.

The deal allows Deng an option after the first year.

Deng is expected to start at small forward, replacing star LeBron James, who left for the Cleveland Cavaliers. reported that the two sides were far apart in negotiations as of Saturday night and that Deng had been rejecting deals that would pay him $10 million per year.

Deng, 29, averaged 16 points and 5.7 rebounds last season with the Chicago Bulls and Cavaliers.

Braves suspend second baseman Uggla

The Atlanta Brave suspended struggling second baseman Dan Uggla for one game Sunday.

The team announced the suspension on Twitter but did not explain why Uggla is being disciplined.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez would not elaborate before the Braves’ game against the Chicago Cubs.

“I’m not going to say anything other than that it’s an internal matter,” he said. “That’s the way I like to handle stuff, and the Atlanta Braves like to handle stuff. And that’s it. You can ask me 400 different ways and my way is that we’re going to handle it internally.”

Uggla, 34, is batting just .162 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 48 games.

Lakers sign draft pick Randle

The Los Angeles Lakers signed No. 7 overall draft pick Julius Randle on Sunday.

Randle, a 6-foot-9 power forward, was expected to play in Sunday’s Summer League game in Las Vegas against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Randle, who spent one season at Kentucky, averaged 15.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.8 blocks in 30.8 minutes in 40 games (all starts). He was named SEC Freshman of the Year and selected to the First Team All-SEC, SEC All-Freshman Team and SEC All-Tournament Team.

The 19-year-old led the nation with 24 double-doubles and helped Kentucky reach the NCAA title game.

Sabres sign No. 1 pick

The Buffalo Sabres signed number two overall draft pick Sam Reinhart to a three-year contract on Saturday.

The Sabres also signed forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas to a one-year entry-level contract.

Reinhart, an 18-year-old forward, spent the past four seasons with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League. In 203 WHL games, he had 101 goals and 254 points. Last season, Reinhart was named WHL Player of the Year and Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year after tying Edmonton Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl, the number three overall draft pick, for fourth in the league with 105 points.


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