NBA notebook: Deron Williams decides to remain with Nets' ballclub

Published: Tuesday, July 3 2012 9:00 p.m. MDT

Roy, a three-time All-Star for Portland, announced his retirement in December after five seasons with the Trail Blazers because of chronic knee problems. The 27-year-old has averaged 19 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 321 career games.

The 2007 NBA Rookie of the Year made the All-Star team from 2008-2010.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have also expressed interest in the former Portland star. The Cavs, who are approximately $20 million under the salary cap, will undoubtedly give Roy a thorough medical checkup before deciding whether to sign him.

LIN WILL VISIT HOUSTON: Jeremy Lin will visit the Houston Rockets today, two people with knowledge of the plans said, and the New York Knicks' restricted free agent is expected to get a contract offer.

The Rockets waived Lin last December and he was claimed by the Knicks, turning into a breakout star when he landed the starting point guard job. Now with Goran Dragic not expected to return, Houston may want Lin back.

One of the people told The Associated Press on Tuesday the Rockets are planning to make Lin a multiyear offer, though the Knicks can match it and have said they intend to keep him. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the negotiations were to remain private.

The undrafted guard from Harvard, the NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese decent, would fit nicely with the Rockets, who remain popular in Asia even after former center Yao Ming's retirement.

But both coach Mike Woodson and general manager Glen Grunwald have said the Knicks planned to keep Lin, who averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists in 35 games, 25 starts, before his season ended because of surgery to repair torn knee cartilage.

THUNDER EXTEND BROOKS' CONTRACT: Scott Brooks always believed he would be back as the coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, even as his previous contract was surprisingly allowed to expire following the NBA Finals.

There were rumors that he would be replaced by 11-time NBA champion Phil Jackson or Jeff Van Gundy — which general manager Sam Presti discarded as "rubbish" — but Brooks remained confident.

"I knew it would work out," Brooks said Tuesday at a news conference to formally announce the deal he signed a day earlier. "This is where I wanted to be. This is the best situation for me. I couldn't ask for a better place to coach, to live, and I'm excited about the opportunity ahead of me."

Brooks reportedly now has a four-year deal worth more than $4 million annually, but the team isn't releasing the terms.

Brooks has built the Thunder into a championship contender since taking over around Thanksgiving 2008. The team had won just one of its first 13 games after relocating from Seattle to Oklahoma City. It went 23-59 that season, but improved enough to make the playoffs the next season, then the Western Conference finals the next season and then the NBA Finals this past season.

"Sam and I met before the season and he said, 'NBA Finals or adios,' so he put a lot of pressure on me," Brooks said in jest.

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