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Kings hire Sixers executive Brandon Williams as assistant GM

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Kings hire Sixers executive Brandon Williams as assistant GM

A member of the Sixers' front office is heading west for a promotion.

The Kings on Sunday hired Sixers vice president of basketball administration Brandon Williams as their assistant general manager.

The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears first reported the move.

Williams will replace Scott Perry, who was recently hired as the general manager of the Knicks, in the Kings' front office while working under GM Vlade Divac.

"I'm excited about this," Williams told The Undefeated. "It's really attractive to be part of a start up. That's the way that Vivek [Ranadive, owner] sees the Kings. He's a couple of years into ownership. He's forward thinking."

Brought into the front office by former GM Sam Hinkie in 2013, Williams worked as the GM of the Sixers' G-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers. While continuing to serve as the 87ers' GM, Williams was promoted twice in the span of four months in 2016, first in February by Hinke to the role of chief of staff and then in May by current GM Bryan Colangelo to the position he now leaves vacant with his reported departure to Sacramento. 

NBA Notes: Timberwolves sign Taj Gibson, Jeff Teague to finalize overhaul

NBA Notes: Timberwolves sign Taj Gibson, Jeff Teague to finalize overhaul

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have suddenly become one of the "it" destinations for NBA free agents.

Potential and reputation are beating out palm trees and postseason history.

After finalizing contracts Monday with power forward Taj Gibson and point guard Jeff Teague, two complementary additions to a roster that has undergone a significant enrichment and pruning over the last three weeks, the Wolves introduced the pair of 2009 first-round draft picks during an introductory news conference.

Gibson (two years, $28 million ) and Teague (three years, $57 million ) agreed to terms earlier this month before they were allowed to sign their deals.

"They look at the teams and the players that they have, and then they see how they fit into that, and I think it's very attractive to players in the league," said president and coach Tom Thibodeau.

When Gibson and Teague jumped at the chance to join them, they were driven by more than just the tantalizing trio of newcomer Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. They willingly sought the demanding and intense coaching they'll get from Thibodeau and his staff, too.

"He really helped turn my career. He believed in me when a lot of people really didn't," Gibson said (see full story).

Knicks: Hardaway ready for 2nd chance in New York
NEW YORK -- Tim Hardaway Jr. thought that with Phil Jackson gone, maybe there was a chance someday he could come back to New York.

Even he was surprised it was this soon.

With Jackson and his triangle offense gone, the Knicks reached back to their past to sign Hardaway, a former first-round pick who didn't fit under Jackson but they hope can flourish without him.

"I definitely left with a bad taste in my mouth and just to have that opportunity to come back here is very rare, so you've got to make the most of that," Hardaway said Monday.

Jackson and the Knicks parted ways last month after three dismal seasons and were quiet at the start of free agency until signing Hardaway to an offer sheet for a four-year, $71 contract. When the Atlanta Hawks decided not to match the offer for the restricted free agent, Hardaway was officially a Knick again on Saturday.

"You play here for two years and then you're gone and then two years after you get a phone call and it's like, `Wow, I wouldn't expect it coming from them,'" Hardaway said (see full story).

Kings: Team officially signs 40-year-old Carter
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings have signed guard Vince Carter, the team announced Monday.

Carter, who entered the league with the Toronto Raptors in 1998, is joining his seventh team. He played the last three seasons in Memphis, where he averaged 8 points and 1.8 assists per game last season.

The 40-year-old Carter ranks 27th all-time in points scored (24,555), fifth in 3-pointers (2,049) and 13th in games played (1,347).

Carter set records for a player 40 and over last season, passing Michael Jordan as the oldest to score 20 points off the bench at 39 years and 287 days against Denver on Nov. 8, only to surpass the mark six days later with 20 points at Utah.

Bulls: Justin Holiday signs contract
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls say they have signed guard Justin Holiday.

The team did not announce the terms of the deal on Monday, though the Associated Press reported last week he agreed to a $9 million, two-year contract.

Holiday averaged 6.5 points in 27 games for the Bulls two years ago. He played in all 82 games for the New York Knicks last season, averaging 7.7 points, Holiday has averaged 5.7 points over four seasons with Philadelphia, Golden State, Atlanta, Chicago and New York.

The Bulls made the playoffs on a tiebreaker and lost to Boston in the first round.

NBA Notes: George Hill, Zach Randolph agree to deals with Kings

NBA Notes: George Hill, Zach Randolph agree to deals with Kings

The Sacramento Kings added veteran help to their young roster on Tuesday by agreeing to free-agent contracts with forward Zach Randolph and point guard George Hill.

Randolph left Memphis for a $24 million, two-year deal to reunite with former Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger in Sacramento, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until Thursday.

ESPN first reported the agreement.

Hill announced on Twitter that he was coming to Sacramento. Yahoo Sports first reported the deal, saying Hill would get $57 million over three years.

The Kings started free agency with just two players on the roster who are not on their rookie contracts -- guard Garrett Temple and center Kosta Koufos -- and were seeking some proven players to provide stability. Sacramento went 30-52 last season, Joerger's first year, and has not made the playoffs since 2006.

The Kings hope the additions of Randolph and Hill will help change that (see full story).

Wizards: Agree to 1-year deal with Mike Scott 
A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free-agent forward Mike Scott has agreed to a $1.7 million, one-year contract with the Washington Wizards.

The person who confirmed the agreement to the AP spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because it won't become official until the free agency moratorium period ends on Thursday.

The deal between Scott and the Wizards was first reported by ESPN.

The 6-foot-8 Scott, a second-round pick out of Virginia in 2012, played 281 games over five seasons with the Atlanta Hawks.

His best season was 2013-14, when he averaged 9.6 points per game. He played only 18 games with the Hawks last season because of a knee injury before being traded to the Phoenix Suns, who waived him. He last appeared in a game on Feb. 15.