Lakers, McKie agree to terms

Updated: August 22, 2005, 6:37 PM ET
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Los Angeles Lakers: The team has ended its search for a point guard by agreeing to terms with Aaron McKie, according to several media outlets.

"We've come to an agreement," McKie's agent, Leon Rose, told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. "Everything will get done over the course of the next few days.

"The Lakers approached him with a nice offer. He had a long talk with Coach [Phil] Jackson regarding the situation and the role he can play was something that appealed to him. Coach Jackson has had a lot of success with veteran big guards and hopefully Aaron can have the same kind of success and bring the team a defensive presence," Rose said in the L.A. Times.

"He's also looking forward to playing with Kobe Bryant. He's known him a long time from their days in Philadelphia."

The agreement is for two years and $5 million. The Lakers had no comment.

New Jersey Nets: The Nets, who were pursuing Aaron McKie, will now turn their efforts to signing ex-Knick DerMarr Johnson, Wesley Person, Casey Jacobsen or Jason Kapono, according to the New York Daily News.

The Nets have agreed to terms with center Robert (Tractor) Traylor, and the deal will become official if he passes his physical, the News said.

Toronto Raptors: Free-agent forward Matt Bonner re-signed with the team. He averaged 7.2 points and 3.5 rebounds last season.

Bonner, a 6-foot-10 redhead and fan favorite, is a former Florida star. He ranked first among NBA rookies with a .424 3-point field goal percentage and second with a .533 field goal percentage.

"Matt is more than just a good basketball player," general manager Rob Babcock said. "He is the consummate professional who places his team first and gives a total effort every night."

Orlando Magic: The team announced the signing of free agent Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

The 7-foot, 257-pound Boumtje-Boumtje appeared in five games with the Magic during the 2005 Reebok Vegas Summer League. Originally selected by Portland in the second round (50th overall) of the 2001 NBA draft, Boumtje-Boumtje has played in 44 regular season games during his NBA career with the Trail Blazers and Cleveland, averaging 1.0 ppg. and 1.3 rpg. in 6.3 minpg.

Denver Nuggets: First-round Nuggets draft pick Julius Hodge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Monday.

Hodge, who was selected by the Nuggets with the 20th pick in June's draft, underwent surgery to repair a lateral minscus tear, the team said in a statement. He is expected to be at full strength in about four weeks.

Hodge played in six games in the Nuggets' summer league in Las Vegas last month, averaging 13.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists.

The team signed him to a multi-year contract last month.

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