Reports: Nets acquire Johnson from Hawks
Citing sources with knowledge of the deal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and New York Daily News reported the Nets have finalized a deal for Johnson in exchange for five players and Houston's lottery-protected 2013 first-round draft pick.
The deal can't be announced until July 11 under the NBA's trade moratorium rules.
The move came after the Nets -- preparing for their first season in their new home in Brooklyn -- re-signed Gerald Wallace and indicated they were pursuing free agent point guard Deron Williams.
Under the deal, the Hawks will free themselves from Johnson's hefty contract, which calls for $90 million over the next four years. The six-time all-star averaged 18.8 points and 3.9 assists over 60 games for Atlanta last season.
Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro, DeShawn Stevenson and Jordan Williams -- all players with expiring contracts -- will move to Atlanta in the deal, the reports said.
Canadiens ink Price to six-year contract
MONTREAL, July 2 (UPI) -- The Montreal Canadiens made a long-term commitment to Carey Price Monday, locking up the restricted free-agent goaltender with a six-year contract.
Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but multiple reports indicated it was for $39 million.
Price, 24, posted a 2.43 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage with four shutouts over 65 games for the Canadiens, who missed the playoffs after a disappointing season.
The British Columbia-born goalie has amassed a 24-104-35 record, 2.56 GAA and 16 shutouts in his 271-appearance career for the Habs.
Rangers announcer placed on leave
ARLINGTON, Texas, July 2 (UPI) -- Texas Rangers television announcer Dave Barnett said Wednesday he is taking an indefinite leave of absence two weeks after speaking gibberish on the air.
During the broadcast of a June 18 game against the San Diego Padres, Barnett became nonsensical, saying, "the go-ahead run is at fifth on what (Rangers relief pitcher Mike) Adams is insisting on calling a botched robbery."
The team initially blamed the episode on a migraine, but Barnett was pulled off two subsequent telecasts and has not appeared since.
"Effective immediately, for health reasons I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my broadcasting duties that I expect to last for the remainder of the season," the announcer said in a statement. "I would ask that you please respect the privacy of me and my family during this time."
Steve Busby will continue to take Barnett's place in the booth, the team said.
Thunder Coach Scott Brooks signs long deal
OKLAHOMA CITY, July 2 (UPI) -- Oklahoma City Thunder head Coach Scott Brooks has signed a multiyear contract reported to be worth about $18 million, the team said Monday.
Terms of the contract weren't announced, but reports indicated it is for four years.
Brooks took the Thunder to the NBA Finals this season, where they lost to the Miami Heat. They had earlier dispatched the then-defending champion Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs en route to the Western Conference title.
The squad finished first in the Northwest Division with a 47-19 regular-season record in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season.
"Continuing with Scott as our head coach is extremely significant for the future of our organization," Thunder General Manager Sam Presti said. "As we have continually communicated, he has been integral to our success and we have a deep appreciation for his tireless dedication to our players' development."
Brooks, 46, took the reins from P.J. Carlesimo during the 2008-09 season and has since gone on to compile a record of 174-125 in the regular season and 24-19 in the post-season.
"Oklahoma City is a special place and I'm eager to build upon the foundation and culture of this franchise for years to come," Brooks said.