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NEW YORK — J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni are staying in New York to help the Knicks build on their best season in nearly decades.

The Sixth Man of the Year and the point guard from Argentina agreed to multiyear deals Thursday, their agents confirmed to the Associated Press.

Smith averaged 18.1 points during the regular season. The Knicks will pay him about $25 million over four years.

more nba: The Associated Press reported Sacramento, New Orleans and Portland have agreed to a deal sending guard Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans, center Robin Lopez to the Trail Blazers and guard Greivis Vasquez to the Kings. Portland is sending second-round draft pick Jeff Withey to New Orleans and a future draft pick to Sacramento as part of the deal, first reported by ESPN. Evans, a former rookie of the year and restricted free agent, averaged 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists with the Kings last season. … Cleveland has agreed to a two-year contract worth $9 million with forward Earl Clark, who played last season with the Lakers. The Sporting News first reported Clark's deal. … The Bobcats agreed to a three-year, $40.5 million contract with free agent center Al Jefferson from the Jazz, the Associated Press reported.

et cetera

Track: Tyson Gay ran the year's second-fastest 100 meters, finishing in 9.79 seconds at the Athletissima Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland. Former world-record holder Asafa Powell finished second in 9.88.

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