Suns re-sign Hill, sign Telfair, Morris

Published: Sunday, Dec. 11 2011 10:59 p.m. MST

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns re-signed forward Grant Hill on Sunday and signed guard Sebastian Telfair and first-round pick Markieff Morris.

The 39-year-old Hill averaged 13.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 80 games last season, his fourth with the Suns and 16th in the NBA. He agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million contract Friday.

"I think ultimately, (it) was just liking it here," Hill said Friday. "From Robert (Sarver) in ownership, to management, to the coaches, the medical staff. I like my teammates, I like the fans. There were some very attractive situations out there, but I liked it here."

Re-signing Hill was Phoenix's top priority in the offseason, in part because he's still productive and one of the NBA's best defensive players at 39, but also for his leadership abilities and close friendship with Steve Nash, the star point guard who is in the last season of his contract.

"Grant Hill represents everything we want the Phoenix Suns to stand for, both on and off the court," Suns President Lon Babby said Sunday. "Grant had other attractive offers, so we are delighted that he has chosen to remain a Sun."

Telfair spent last season with Minnesota, averaging 7.2 points and 3.0 assists in 37 games. He also agreed to a one-year deal Friday.

"I had a couple of situations and this was the best one," Telfair, the cousin of former Suns point guard Stephon Marbury, said Friday. "I had a team that wanted me, which was the situation I wanted to be in, so I'm here. I've got all my focus here and going to make the best of it."

The 6-foot-10 Morris, was drafted 13th overall after three seasons at Kansas. He averaged 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds in 38 games last season for the Jayhawks. Twin brother Marcus was drafted 14th overall by Houston.

The Suns also added former Seton Hall guard Jeremy Hazell and former Marquette guard Dwight Buycks to their training camp roster.

ODOM ON WAY TO MAVERIKS: The Lakers have traded forward Lamar Odom and a second-round draft pick to the Dallas Mavericks for a first-round pick and an $8.9 million trade exception, capping Los Angeles' stunning 72-hour breakup with last season's Sixth Man of the Year.

The Lakers and Mavericks announced the deal Sunday night, three days after Odom learned Los Angeles was attempting to trade him in a megadeal for New Orleans superstar Chris Paul.

After the NBA blocked that trade, Odom declined to report to the Lakers' opening day of training camp on Friday. Odom then requested a trade, and the Lakers improbably swung a deal with the rival Mavericks, who swept Los Angeles out of the second round of last season's playoffs.

Odom will aid the Mavs' recovery from Tyson Chandler's departure.

PACERS NAB WEST:David West's agent says the former New Orleans Hornets power forward is joining the Indiana Pacers.

Agent Lance Young says West, who opted for free agency after last season, has reached a deal on a two-year contract worth $20 million with the Pacers.

West, a two-time All-Star who was drafted 18th overall by New Orleans in 2003, started 70 games last season, averaging 18.9 points to go with 7.6 rebounds before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a victory at Utah on March 24.

The 31-year-old had reconstructive surgery on the knee April 12 and opted out of a deal just over two months later that would have paid him $7.5 million with the Hornets this season.

BIBBY, JEFFRIES SIGN WITH KNICKS: The New York Knicks have signed veteran guard Mike Bibby, re-signed forward Jared Jeffries, and inked their two draft picks.

With guard Iman Shumpert and center Josh Harrellson also signing Sunday, the Knicks' roster is at 11 players. Most of their moves were on hold while they worked to complete a three-team trade that brought Tyson Chandler from Dallas to New York on Saturday.

Bibby could replace Chauncey Billups, who the Knicks used the amnesty clause to waive so they could afford Chandler's four-year, $56 million contract. Bibby has averaged 15.2 points in 13 NBA seasons but struggled last season for the Miami Heat, managing only 3.6 points per game in 20 postseason starts.

Shumpert, the No. 17 pick from Georgia Tech, is also an option at the point.

Jeffries is a favorite of coach Mike D'Antoni because of his ability to defend multiple positions.

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