Report: Carmelo Anthony returning to New York
, SF, NY
Despite taking several meetings with other teams this offseason, Carmelo Anthony
is expected to announce that he'll return
to the Knicks. The New York Daily News
reported Wednesday that Anthony told a close friend he "believes in Phil" and plans to announce his intent Thursday.
Anthony was said to be deciding between the Lakers and Knicks over the past few days, but it ultimately appears he'll opt to make more money by staying put while seeing what the new regime under Phil Jackson can do for him in the coming years.
Mitch McGary playing in summer league
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The Thunder signed forward Mitch McGary
to a rookie-scale deal prior to the start of Orlando Summer League, the team announced.
McGary was the No. 21 overall pick in this year's draft, despite playing in just eight games at the University of Michigan last season. McGary dealt with back issues in college, but has already been able to play in the team's first two Summer League games.
Magic sign first-round picks Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton
, PF, ORL
The Magic announced the signing of their two first-round draft picks just ahead of Orlando Summer League, as Elfrid Payton
and Aaron Gordon
signed their rookie-scale deals.
Gordon was the No. 4 overall pick out of the University of Arizona, while Payton went No. 10 out of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Gordon finished his freshman season averaging 12.4 points and 8.0 rebounds in 38 games, while Payton graduated as a junior and averaged 19.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 35 games last season.
Report: '90 percent chance' LeBron James joins Cavaliers
, SF, MIA
There's a "90 percent chance"
that free-agent forward LeBron James
returns to the Cavaliers this offseason, SheridanHoops.com reports.
The source referenced in the report also said Monday that there was a 75 percent chance James would join the Cavaliers, so if the figures quoted are accurate, James is quickly becoming more and more in tune with the idea of returning to the team that drafted him. An announcement is expected to come on James' website within the coming days if he does in fact agree to a deal with the Cavaliers.
Report: Heat strike a two-year deal with Danny Granger
, SF, LAC
The Heat stayed busy Monday afternoon by agreeing to terms with veteran forward Danny Granger
, Yahoo Sports reports. The deal is reportedly worth
$4.2 million over two years.
Granger was a deadline deal to the Clippers last season but only appeared in 12 games for the Clippers. He averaged 8.0 points per game on 43 percent shooting over that span.
Free agent forward Josh McRoberts
had been reportedly been deciding between the Miami Heat and the incumbent Charlotte Hornets, but ESPN reported Monday that a decision has been made. The report suggests McRoberts has "verbally committed
" to joining the Heat.
McRoberts will likely take Miami's full mid-level exception. NBA Insider Ken Berger reports that the deal is worth $23 million over four years. He had a successful season playing point forward for Charlotte last year, averaging a career-high 4.3 assists per game.
Boris Diaw inks new deal with Spurs
, PF, SA
The Spurs re-signed pass-first big man Boris Diaw
to a three-year deal worth $22.5 million, Yahoo Sports reports
Diaw had been drawing interest from the Trailblazers, but ultimately decided San Antonio was still the place for him. He shined in the NBA Finals to the tune of 6.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.
Lavoy Allen returning to Pacers
, PF, IND
The Pacers have agreed to a deal
to bring free-agent forward Lavoy Allen
back, according to ESPN.com. Details on the length and amount of the deal are not yet known.
Allen appeared in 65 games last season, though just 14 of those came after the Pacers acquired him.
Magic part ways with Jason Maxiell
, PF, ORL
The Magic waived veteran forward Jason Maxiell
Friday, the team announced.
Maxiell appeared in 34 games with the Magic, but fell out of the rotation as the season went on. He finished the season averaging 3.2 poitns and 2.5 rebounds per game, and is now an unrestricted free agent.
The Raptors brought back another of their free agents, as forward Patrick Patterson
has agreed to a three-year deal
worth $18 million Friday, according to ESPN.com.
The Raptors acquired Patterson in a December trade from the Kings, and he shot 41 percent from three-point range while averaging 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in 48 appearances.