Kings, Zach Randolph agree to 2-year, $24M deal
A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that the Sacramento Kings have agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal with forward Zach Randolph.
The sides came to agreement on Tuesday, reuniting Randolph with former Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger, now the coach in Sacramento. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until Thursday.
ESPN first reported the agreement.
After a rocky start to his career in Portland and New York, Randolph found himself in Memphis. He spent eight years with the Grizzlies, emerging as one of the central figures of the team's "grit and grind" mantra.
Last year, he averaged 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds. He is expected to be a solid veteran mentor for a young Kings team.
Raiders sign 3rd-round pick DT Eddie Vanderdoes
ALAMEDA (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have signed third-round defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes to a four-year contract.
The team announced the deal on Wednesday that leaves only Oakland's two top picks still unsigned.
Vanderdoes was selected 88th overall after four seasons at UCLA. He played 39 games with 126 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
The Raiders still must finalize deals with first-rounder Gareon Conley and second-rounder Obi Melifonwu.
Sharks sign Thornton to 1-year deal after losing Marleau
SAN JOSE (AP) — Joe Thornton is staying in San Jose for at least one more season, while longtime running mate Patrick Marleau is leaving for Toronto.
Thornton officially signed his contract to remain with the Sharks on Sunday, just hours after Marleau signed an $18.75 million, three-year deal with the Maple Leafs.
After being tied together as the faces of the Sharks ever since Thornton joined San Jose in November 2005, the two have now been separated. They teamed to help San Jose make it to the conference finals in 2010 and '11 and the Stanley Cup Final in 2016 but couldn't deliver a championship to San Jose.
Anaheim Ducks sign G Reto Berra away from his new Swiss team
ANAHEIM (AP) — Goalie Reto Berra has signed with the Anaheim Ducks, returning to North America less than three months after agreeing to a three-year deal with Fribourg-Gotteron in his native Switzerland's top league.
Berra used an out clause in his Swiss deal to return to the NHL on Wednesday.
The Ducks gave a one-year deal to Berra, who will provide organizational depth behind John Gibson and new signee Ryan Miller.
Berra played seven games for Florida last year, spending much of the season in the AHL. The 30-year-old veteran has appeared in 71 NHL games over five seasons with Colorado, Calgary and the Panthers.
Berra signed with Fribourg-Gotteron in April after four seasons in North America. Berra played from 2009-13 for Switzerland's EHC Biel, which currently employs longtime Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller.