Carmelo Anthony is expected to sign a maximum contract with the New York Knicks, according to Yahoo! Sports’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Anthony, who had met with the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, and the Knicks, will agree to a five-year, $120 million contract that will be announced on Sunday. The seven-time All-Star made his decision Saturday and told all other teams pursuing him that he would remain in New York.
Anthony has spent the last three-plus seasons with the Knicks, averaging 26.5 points a game.
Rockets sending Jeremy Lin to Lakers
Jeremy Lin is still on his way to the Los Angeles Lakers, even after the Houston Rockets failed to land coveted forward Chris Bosh in free agency.
The Rockets still plan to execute the trade that will send the point guard to Los Angeles for cash, two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday. The people requested anonymity because the trade has not been officially announced.
Rockets GM Daryl Morey plunged into the free agent market with designs on adding a third star to play with James Harden and Dwight Howard. He made a brief overture to LeBron James and hosted Carmelo Anthony for a visit, but both of those efforts were rebuffed.
While James mulled his future this week, Morey swung for the fences with a four-year max offer to Bosh, the versatile forward who was credited with being the defensive backbone during the Heat’s run to four straight NBA Finals. To create the salary cap room to make the offer, Morey reached an agreement to trade Lin, who will make about $15 million this season in the last year of a deal that counts only $8 million against the cap, to the Lakers, who have the cap room to absorb Lin’s contract without sending much back in return.
Spurs sign Patty Mills, Kyle Anderson
Patty Mills was a feel-good story on a team full of them last season in San Antonio.
The Australian guard had a breakout year, rededicating himself to conditioning and flourishing in a Spurs system that relied upon him for offensive scoring punch off the bench. After averaging 10.2 points and helping the Spurs win the championship, Mills figured to cash in on the open market.
But then it was revealed that he would be out for six months or more due to a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, and suddenly his future was uncertain.
The injury did nothing to deter the Spurs, who re-signed him on Saturday. The team did not disclose the terms of the deal, but the San Antonio Express-News previously reported that it was a three-year contract.
The 25-year-old Mills had trouble sticking in the NBA at the start of his career. He played in 74 games over two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers and 16 more with the Spurs in 2011-12.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and his accomplished staff demanded that Mills get into better shape, and he took that to heart. He blossomed this season, playing in a career-high 81 games and averaging a career-high 18.9 minutes per game during the regular season. When starting point guard Tony Parker missed 14 games due to injury and maintenance, Mills was one of the key fill-ins that helped keep them motoring right along to an NBA-best 62 wins.
In the last two games of the NBA Finals, Mills combined to score 31 points and hit 9 of 14 3-pointers to help the Spurs clinch the franchise’s fifth title.
The Spurs also signed first-round draft pick Kyle Anderson to his rookie contract on Saturday. Anderson, the 30th overall pick, averaged 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists for UCLA last season.
Cavaliers get C Haywood, F Powell from Hornets
CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers have acquired center Brendan Haywood and forward Dwight Powell from Charlotte for guard Scotty Hopson and cash considerations.
The Cavs announced the move Saturday, one day after LeBron James said he’s returning to Cleveland.
A 12-year veteran, Haywood has played in 794 NBA games, averaging 6.9 points and 6.1 rebounds. He missed all of last season with a broken foot.
The 7-footer gives Cleveland some front line depth, but he’s also only got one year left on his contract. Haywood, who played on Dallas’ 2011 title team, was picked by Cleveland with the 20th overall pick in 2001 but traded on draft night to Orlando.
Powell played four years at Stanford, averaging 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. The 6-11, 240-pound forward is the fourth Canadian on Cleveland’s roster, joining Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, this year’s top overall pick.