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Veteran shooting guard Ray Allen is leaving the Boston Celtics to join the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.

Heat adding; Magic on hold

Allen to champs while Howard talks quiet down

The Miami Heat got two more shooters. The Orlando Magic, at least for now, are keeping their center.

A flurry of deals were completed Wednesday and another one was put on hold on the first day contracts could be signed in the NBA.

Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis inked their deals with the NBA champions, who will rely on their perimeter accuracy to create more space on the court for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

The Spurs announced Tim Duncan was staying in San Antonio and the Knicks completed a sign-and-trade to bring Marcus Camby to New York. But there’s no deal for the best big man of them all in the NBA right now.

The Magic can’t find an agreement they like for All-Star center Dwight Howard, who has asked for a trade to Brooklyn. The Magic have tried to accommodate, only to find nothing from the Nets that fit their desires.

“We’ve had discussions with Brooklyn, we’ve had discussions with a host of different teams about a host of different issues. And the answer is, ‘Yes we’re still talking to them,’ ” Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said. “We’re still looking to do whatever it is that puts us in the best position from a sustainability standpoint, (and) from a strategic standpoint.

“... Currently as they stand I think the parameters that we’ve talked about are a little bit in a stationary position. And currently as it’s constructed I’m not sure there’s really anything to discuss.”

Instead, the Nets re-signed their current center, Brook Lopez, to an extension. He had been linked to the Howard trade talk for months but knows he will at last begin the season in Brooklyn, ineligible to be traded until Jan. 15.

Free agency opened July 1 and teams were able to begin signing players at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. Deron Williams got a quick start, signing his five-year, $98 million extension with the Nets while in Las Vegas for the U.S. Olympic team’s training camp right after the window opened.

Even though he hasn’t been able to get Howard, Nets general manager Billy King kept Williams, traded for All-Star guard Joe Johnson and forward Reggie Evans, kept starting forward Gerald Wallace and signed Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic.

Things are looking up for another longtime lowly team, the Clippers. Blake Griffin wanted to be a part of it, signing a five-year extension for about $95 million.

“It’s exciting and that was the goal from day one, to start building something and not just fall into the history of the program,” Griffin said of the Clippers, who also signed guard Jamal Crawford.

Another good three-point shooter, Ryan Anderson, has a new home. After leading the league in three-pointers last season and winning the NBA’s Most Improved Player award, he was dealt by the Magic to New Orleans for Mexican Gustavo Ayon.

The Hornets have three days to decide if they want Eric Gordon to play with Anderson. He signed an offer sheet in Phoenix for four years and $58 million.


•According to media reports, the Pacers are trading Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones to the Dallas Mavericks for Ian Mahinimi.

•The Knicks brought Camby back to New York in a sign-and-trade with Houston and re-signed guard JR Smith. They were still working to complete deals with Jason Kidd and Steve Novak.

•Toronto acquired point guard Kyle Lowry from Houston and signed fellow guard Landry Fields to a three-year offer sheet.

•Golden State agreed to send Dorell Wright to Philadelphia in a three-team trade that will net guard Jarrett Jack from New Orleans, two people familiar with the decision said.

•Atlanta have deals in place to send Johnson to Brooklyn and Marvin Williams to Utah for Devin Harris. The official word they have signed guard Lou Williams also was awaiting league approval.

•Portland and free agent J.J. Hickson agreed to a 1-year deal to bring the forward back.

•Chris Kaman says he has agreed to a deal with Dallas.

•The Cavaliers signed former Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody to a $1.1 million contract.