Signing day arrived Thursday in the NBA, though the biggest free agents didn’t rush to grab their pens.
Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh might be waiting on LeBron James — isn’t everybody? — before making their decisions.
Miami and Cleveland waited anxiously — as did fans lining up outside James’s Akron, Ohio, home, even while he was in Las Vegas at his basketball camp. Wade was there, too.
Meanwhile, James is reportedly heading to Brazil to watch the World Cup final, which is Sunday. Multiple reports said James will make his decision this weekend, before he leaves for Brazil.
The Cavs did officially sign star guard Kyrie Irving to a five-year, $90 million contract.
Knicks president Phil Jackson was hoping Thursday would finally bring a decision from Anthony.
‘‘But I expected one yesterday and the day before yesterday,’’ Jackson said at the Knicks’ summer league practice in Las Vegas. ‘‘But no, we’re waiting.’’
Bosh may want to wait on the word from James to decide whether he wants to remain in Miami. Anthony was perhaps holding out in case there was some way he, too, could end up partnering somewhere with the four-time MVP.
While they wait, so do players such as Pau Gasol, Lance Stephenson, Luol Deng and Paul Pierce, who are on the next tier of free agents available.
The Rockets are one of the teams believed to be considering Bosh if he does opt to leave Miami, which could affect how they deal with Chandler Parsons, who has a three-year, $45 million offer from Dallas. He is a restricted free agent, which allows the Rockets to match.
They also met with Anthony, whom New York wants to keep.
The Knicks offered him the maximum allowable contract, worth nearly $130 million over five years, when they met with him a week ago in Los Angeles, but are still awaiting word if he is staying put.
‘‘We have alternative plans, Plan B, C, D, E and F, but so far we’re still in Plan A,’’ Jackson said. ‘‘That’s the first kind of kingpin that we have to have in this whole situation.’’
Hayward has offer from Hornets
Not everyone is waiting on James. Gordon Hayward signed an offer sheet with the Hornets that would pay him $63 million over four years. The Jazz have three days to match the offer . . . The Raptors re-signed Kyle Lowry to a multiyear contract. Yahoo Sports reported it was for $48 million over four years . . . Marcin Gortat signed his five-year, $60 million contract to remain with the Wizards . . . Steve Blake returned to the Trail Blazers on a two-year contract worth a reported $4.2 million. Blake has had two previous stints with the Blazers, most recently from 2007-10.
Clippers trial on hold
The trial that could determine the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers has been put on hold until after a deadline to conclude a $2 billion sale — but that expiration date could be extended.
A Los Angeles judge said the case won’t finish by Tuesday, but will continue on July 21 because some lawyers for team owner Donald Sterling have personal plans.
Sterling is suing to block his wife’s unilateral deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.