Monday's roundup: Ex-Piston Jennings will sign with Knicks

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Brandon Jennings

Former Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings has found a home.

The free agent agreed to a reported one-year, $5 million contract with the Knicks to back up Derrick Rose, who was acquired from Chicago last month.

Jennings confirmed the deal on Twitter.

“Can't wait to play in the Mecca!! Excited to be joining such a historic franchise @NYKNICKS!!!”

Jennings, the 10th pick of the 2009 draft, was traded to the Pistons on July 31, 2013 for guard Brandon Knight and forward Khris Middleton. He missed much of 2015 recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. He played 23 games for the Pistons this past season, averaging 18 minutes, 6.8 points and 3.0 assists before he was traded to the Magic on Feb. 16 with forward Ersan Ilyasova for forward Tobias Harris.

He averaged seven points and four assists in 25 games for the Magic.

Gasol to Spurs

The Spurs, according to multiple reports, have agreed to terms with forward Pau Gasol on a two-year deal worth $30 million.

The Spurs will have to make some roster moves to accommodate Gasol’s salary. That could include trading forward Boris Diaw to get the cap space to add Gasol to a frontcourt that already includes LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard.

Gasol played for Chicago the last two years. Gasol, who turns 36 on Wednesday, earned two All-Star appearances in his two seasons with the Bulls. But the veteran center declined his player option for a third season on June 27 and will make double the amount of that player option with the Spurs.

The Raptors and Trail Blazers were the Spurs’ main competition. The Bulls landed their starting center in the Derrick Rose trade in big man Robin Lopez.

Gasol always has had high admiration for Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

“It was great to speak with him,” Gasol said in January 2015. “I have the utmost admiration for him and respect. Great coach, great person just to have a conversation with. I hope in the future I have more conversations with him.”

It also raises further questions about the future of franchise player Tim Duncan.

He has been mulling retirement after completing his 19th season. Most believe there is a real chance Duncan will end his career this summer. Should that happen, Gasol gives the Spurs a player who could slide right into that role.

Heat offer Wade

Dwyane Wade reportedly has been offered a two-year, $40 million deal to remain with the Heat, with second year at Wade’s option.

The contract, if accepted, would essentially match the career-best $20 million salary Wade made this past season.

This is the second consecutive summer in which Wade and the Heat have gone through bumpy contract talks. Wade has spent all 13 of his NBA seasons in Miami and has repeatedly said he wants to spend his entire career with the club.

Wade averaged 19.0 points and 4.6 assists this past season, and was an All-Star selection for the 12th time.

Wade, 34, previously had been linked to free-agent interest from the Knicks and Bulls. The Knicks, however, instead utilized cap space on Hornets free-agent guard Courtney Lee, while the Bulls utilized their cap space on Kings free-agent guard Rajon Rondo.

The Bucks and Nuggets continue to remain linked to interest in Wade, although it is not known if any outside team would be willing to go to three years at $60 million total, with the NBA salary cap again expected to flatten after 2017 free agency.

Slam dunks

The 76ers and point guard Sergio Rodriguez agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal. That came three days after point guard Jerryd Bayless agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal.

... Point guard Ramon Sessions agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with the Hornets.

... The Clippers reportedly agreed to a two-year, $4.5 million contract with forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.