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Fisher chooses to stay with Lakers, Bryant

LOS ANGELES — Derek Fisher says he's staying with the Lakers.

The veteran point guard announced Monday in a statement on his website that he'll sign a three-year contract, with the third year a player option.

The five-time NBA champion entertained offers from other teams as a free agent, including a recent conversation with the Heat. He decided not to leave the franchise where he has spent 11 of his 14 NBA seasons.

"At the end of the day, there's one person I could not turn away from," said Fisher, who turns 36 in August. "Kobe Bryant asked me to stay but supported whatever decision I made. He and I have played together for 11 seasons, came into the league together as kids, and has been loyal to me even when others had doubts."

Haslem decides to stay with Heat

Udonis Haslem signed a five-year deal with the Heat worth about $20 million, more than $10 million less than he could have gotten had he accepted offers from the Mavericks or Nuggets.

"This is a combination of having a great opportunity to win, which is why we play this game, and an opportunity to still stay close to my family and be with my mother," said Haslem, whose mother has been ill. "And also, the opportunity to be a part of something special."

A week ago, Haslem expected he would sign elsewhere, but the combination of a $58 million salary cap ($2 million more than expected) and the decisions by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to take less money made it possible for the Miami High grad to stay where he wanted.

Meanwhile, the Heat completed a trade that sends former No. 2 pick Michael Beasley, 21, to Minnesota for two second-round picks and cash considerations. The Heat gets Minnesota's second-round picks in 2011 and '14.

Magic: The team agreed to a deal with free agent Quentin Richardson, the Associated Press reported. Terms were not known. The deal means the Magic is likely parting ways with free agent small forward Matt Barnes.

Pacers: A new deal designed to keep the team at Conseco Fieldhouse through at least 2013 calls for Indianapolis to spend at least $33.5 million to help the team's owners operate the arena and pay for improvements to the franchise's home. … Center Roy Hibbert won't need surgery after injuring his knee while training with the Jamaican national team.

Spurs: The team signed center Tiago Splitter, 25, three years after picking the heralded 6-foot-11 Brazilian star. He was MVP of the Spanish League regular season and finals while leading Caja Laboral Vitoria to a second championship.

Timberwolves: The team signed free agent center Darko Milicic. In 24 games with the Timberwolves, the former second overall pick averaged 8.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. Minnesota also signed first-round draft picks Wesley Johnson of Syracuse and Lazar Hayward from Marquette.

Three-way trade in works: Bobcats center Tyson Chandler said he has been told he's being traded to the Raptors amid a report Toronto is also poised to send Hedo Turkoglu to the Suns. The Toronto Star reported the Suns would get Turkoglu and send Leandro Barbosa to the Raptors. Toronto would then move Jose Calderon and Reggie Evans to Charlotte for Chandler and Boris Diaw. The deal is pending league approval.

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