Tuesday's roundup: Hammon leads Spurs to Summer title
Las Vegas — Becky Hammon already made history when she became the first female head coach in the NBA Summer League.
Leading the San Antonio Spurs to the Las Vegas Summer League championship just made the experience that much sweeter.
Hammon coached the Spurs to a 93-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns in the title game on Monday night.
"It was a grind," Hammon said. "They've been together for 17 days. They really started to jell the last two or three games. They listened and they played really hard for me. I just really appreciate their attentiveness and alertness. They were tired but they fought through."
The Spurs participated in both the Orlando and Las Vegas summer leagues, but Hammon served as the head coach only in the higher profile Vegas event.
The Spurs lost the opener to the New York Knicks, and then reeled off six straight victories.
Jonathon Simmons scored 23 points and took home MVP honors for the championship game. Treveon Graham added 22 points for the Spurs.
Free-agent forward Richard Jefferson has agreed to terms on a one-year deal for next season with Cleveland, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Jefferson has not yet signed his contract.
Jefferson, who came off the bench for coach Rick Carlisle in Dallas last season, will receive the veteran's minimum salary of roughly $1.5 million. The 35-year-old averaged 5.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 17 minutes per game and shot a team-leading 43 percent from 3-point range. He had been expected to return to the Mavericks, but he may have become expendable when the club signed shooting guard Wesley Matthews.
Jefferson fills the roster spot created by the retirement of Shawn Marion.
... The Rockets re-signed restricted free agent K.J. McDaniels to a multiyear deal. Terms weren't released.
... The Raptors signed forward Ronald Roberts to a multiyear contract. Terms weren't disclosed.