Basketball

Wall impresses Wizards in first scrimmages

John Wall wore an NBA jersey for the first time in competition on Thursday night and didn't disappoint.

The Washington Wizards' overall No. 1 draft pick looked sharp in leading his team to victories in two intrasquad scrimmages that were open to the media.

"It was tough at the beginning, then I found my rhythm after talking to (assistant) coach Sam Cassell and Coach (Flip) Saunders," Wall said. "That speed is totally different than high school speed and college speed. It's boom, boom, boom, back and forth."

If the former UK point guard wasn't driving to the hoop or dishing to a teammate for an open jumper, he was knocking the ball free and racing coast to coast for a layup.

"He can really make plays in the open floor," Saunders said. "He can make something out of nothing. He's got great instincts. There's things that you can't teach that he does.

"When you have a point guard as vocal and as energetic as he is, it becomes contagious."

Azubuike traded to Knicks

The agent for David Lee said the All-Star forward is heading from the New York Knicks to the Golden State Warriors in a sign-and-trade deal.

Mark Bartelstein said Lee will get a six-year, $80 million contract. The Knicks will receive forwards Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf.

Azubuike, a former standout at Kentucky, has played his entire four-year career with the Warriors, but missed most of last season with a knee injury.

Celtics will add O'Neal

Boston Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge confirmed that the Celtics have agreements in place with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Ainge also said he expects to sign free-agent center Jermaine O'Neal to fill in while center Kendrick Perkins recovers from knee surgery.

Haywood sticks with Mavs

Brendan Haywood is coming back to the Mavericks.

Haywood agreed Thursday to a $55 million, six-year contract, according to a person familiar with negotiations.

Around the league

Nets: New Jersey reached an agreement in principle with free-agent forward Travis Outlaw on Thursday. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that Outlaw got a five-year deal worth $35 million.

Clippers: The team signed free agents Randy Foye and Ryan Gomes on Thursday.

Ex-Cats update

Orlando Summer League: First-round draft pick Daniel Orton finished with four points and four rebounds in his second-to-last appearance in the Pro Summer League at Orlando, Fla., on Thursday.

Orlando teammate Joe Crawford contributed 17 points in the Magic's 80-78 loss to Oklahoma City.

Vegas Summer League: Former Wildcat Patrick Patterson is expected to make his NBA summer debut Friday when his Rockets play the Suns on opening day in Las Vegas.

The Rockets-Suns game begins at 6 p.m. on NBATV.

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