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  • Oklahoma City Thunder: With Anthony Morrow, OKC completes its checklist of ofseason needs

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Anthony Morrow, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard/small forward, fills a pressing need for the Thunder with his shooting ability and should bolster the team’s depth on the wing. He’s a career 42.8 percent shooter from 3-point range and connected on 45.1 percent from that distance in 76 games last season with New Orleans.

  • AP Source: Hornets agree to deal with Williams

    Updated: 40 min ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the contract says free-agent forward Marvin Williams has agreed to a $14 million, two-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been made public. The person says the deal will be signed next week. The 6-foot-9, 237-pound Williams has played nine seasons in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz. Williams, 28, averaged 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in 66 games for the Jazz last season, including 50 starts. He is averaging 10.8 points per game for his career. Williams played college basketball at North Carolina, the same school as Hornets owner Michael Jordan.

  • AP Source: Anthony staying with Knicks

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony is staying with the New York Knicks. Anthony has decided to remain in New York, choosing the Knicks over a number of teams which could have given him a better chance for the championship he craves. The All-Star forward met with Chicago, Houston, Dallas and the Lakers, but has informed the Knicks he will return, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press on Saturday on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made. The Knicks offered Anthony a maximum contract worth nearly $130 million over five years, about $35 million more than any of his other suitors under NBA rules, though it's unknown what the final terms of his deal will be.

  • AP Source: LeBron James signs 2-year contract

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James signed a two-year, $42.1 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers that provides flexibility for the NBA's biggest star with the league's maximum salary expected to rise in the future. A person familiar with the negotiations said Saturday that James' contract includes an option for the four-time league MVP to become a free agent next summer. However, it is strictly "a business deal," according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not commented about the agreement. By only signing for two years, James can get another contract with the Cavs before the 2016-17 season when a new television deal is expected to push the maximum contract hi

  • LeBron: World Cup final 'bigger' than NBA finals

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Just a few hours after arriving in Brazil, LeBron James sized up the World Cup final and said it trumps the NBA finals. "This is the highest you can get," James said Saturday, a day after announcing he was returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. "This is bigger than the NBA finals in the sense that it's the world and you have so many countries here." James met a few hundred fans in a large warehouse located on Guanabara Bay, where he watched some young Brazilians show off a few of their basketball skills. He will attend Sunday's final at the Maracana Stadium, but he declined to pick a winner. "I'm not sure," he said.

  • Pacers players want Lance Stephenson to return

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    AVON, Ind. (AP) — Paul George believes the Pacers will be a stronger title contender with Lance Stephenson — and all of his idiosyncrasies. So on Saturday, George followed the company line and urged his friend and teammate to re-sign with Indiana. For weeks, the Pacers have been speaking to Stephenson with a unified voice: They want him back to take one more shot at an NBA championship, something that seems much more plausible now that LeBron James' departure has broken up the Big Three Era in Miami. "It's all on Lance's plate," George said as he took a break from the basketball pro camp he headlined in suburban Indianapolis. "I didn't have to deal with this because I was a restricted free agent. It's really up to L

  • Pau Gasol tweets he's joining Chicago Bulls

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Chicago Bulls recovered quickly after losing out on Carmelo Anthony in free agency, landing Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol to bolster the team's offense. Gasol announced on his verified Twitter account on Saturday evening that he reached agreement with the Bulls. "It hasn't been easy," Gasol tweeted. "After meditating it a lot I've chosen to play with the Chicago Bulls. Looking forward to this new chapter of my career." The Spaniard is one of the NBA's most offensively gifted and versatile big men, and he has long been one of Kobe Bryant's favorite teammates with the Lakers. Gasol spent the last seven seasons in Los Angeles, teaming with Bryant to win two championships and reach another NBA Finals.

  • A look at who in NBA is staying and going

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    A look at the biggest moves made so far during the NBA's free agency period: ___ LEBRON JAMES Leaves Miami for Cleveland. Best player in the world changes teams and goes home, and the balance of power in the East has now shifted out of Miami. CHRIS BOSH Staying in Miami, will be signing five-year deal worth $118 million. Keeping Bosh helped Heat avoid what would have been offseason disaster. CARMELO ANTHONY Reportedly on brink of staying with New York Knicks, who would be in worlds of trouble otherwise this season. KYLE LOWRY Staying in Toronto, and despite widespread speculation otherwise, there was no way Masai Ujiri was letting the Raps' point guard go anywhere.

  • Wade on LeBron: 'We are champions'

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dwyane Wade wished LeBron James stayed in Miami. And now he's wishing him well regardless. Wade released a statement Saturday calling James — who announced Friday he is leaving the Heat and returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers — "my brother," and said he supports the four-time NBA MVP's decision. "As a friend and a teammate, I am sad to see my brother LeBron leave to begin a new journey," Wade's statement said. "In 2010, we decided to come together all for one goal — to win championships and we succeeded. We were friends when we first joined the league and created an unbreakable bond the past four years. Our collaboration will always be very special to me both personally and professionally.

  • Agent: Thunder, G Morrow agree to 3-year deal

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Free agent guard Anthony Morrow has agreed to three-year, $10 million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Morrow's agent, Wallace Prather, confirmed the agreement and details of the deal in a text message to The Associated Press on Saturday. Morrow, who played for New Orleans last season, has career averages of 10.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in six NBA seasons. He helps fill a void created when starting shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha signed with the Atlanta Hawks after becoming a free agent. Morrow is a career 43 percent shooter from 3-point range, and similar production would be a major upgrade for the Thunder. He shot 45 percent from behind the arc for the Pelicans last season. The Thunder did not immedi

  • Spurs sign Patty Mills, Kyle Anderson

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    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 th

  • James makes Cavs better, now East more wide open

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A word of caution to anyone anointing the Cleveland Cavaliers as the NBA favorites. Yes, the Cavaliers are going to be good, no doubt. It's impossible not to be with the game's best player. But even LeBron James knows Cleveland has a lot of work to do. "We're not ready right now. No way," he wrote in his first-person essay in Sports Illustrated. Quite a different tone than when he arrived in Miami four years ago. Quite a different situation, too. While the player dominos continue to fall in place during free agency, James' decision has leveled the playing field even more in the up-for-grabs Eastern Conference. And the battle should be very entertaining: James vs. the likes of Pat Rile

  • Suns announce acquisition of PG Isaiah Thomas

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns officially announced the acquisition of point guard Isaiah Thomas on Saturday in a sign-and-trade deal with the Sacramento Kings. The deal had been reported by multiple outlets on Friday. The Suns envision Thomas as a complement to their double point guard starting lineup of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe. "Isaiah is one of the most dynamic scorers and playmakers in the NBA," McDonough said. "I have always admired his competitive spirit and his love for the game." The 5-foot-9 Thomas averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 assists for the Kings last season, his third in the NBA, and was a restricted free agent. He was one of six players to average at least 20 points and six assists in 2013-1

  • Cavaliers acquire C Haywood, F Powell from Hornets

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — 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 r

  • AP sources: Rockets sending Jeremy Lin to Lakers

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    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.

  • OKC Thunder: What they're saying about Anthony Morrow

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Anthony Morrow is coming to Oklahoma City. The free agent sharpshooter agreed to terms with the Thunder on Saturday, giving Oklahoma City a much-needed perimeter option. Here’s the reaction from around the web: Only a couple people on the planet can shoot the ball like Anthony Morrow. That’s a steal for OKC in this market. […]

  • OKC Thunder: Anthony Morrow agrees to sign with Thunder

    darnell mayberry | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    The Thunder may have found its shooting help. Free agent guard Anthony Morrow has agreed to sign with Oklahoma City. The Thunder has been rumored to be chasing the 6-foot-5, six-year veteran, and news came through Saturday that the 42 percent career 3-point shooter is coming to OKC. Morrow scored 8.4 points per game and shot 45 percent from 3-point range in 76 games for the New Orleans Pelicans in 2013-14.

  • Jazz match Charlotte offer for Gordon Hayward

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Gordon Hayward is staying in Utah after all. The Jazz on Saturday matched Charlotte's four-year, $63 million offer for the restricted free agent. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed Utah's move first reported by Yahoo! Sports. "I think it's certainly a gigantic statement of how the Jazz value Gordon," Bartelstein told The Associated Press. The Jazz had until late Sunday to match the Hornets' maximum offer sheet for the 6-foot-8 small forward. The team did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Jazz general manager Gordon Lindsey had repeatedly said he wanted to keep Hayward on the roster. Hayward averaged career highs of 16.2 points, 5.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals last season while lead

  • Saturday's front page of the New York Times sports section is simple: LeBron James and transactions

    Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    On Friday, The Cleveland Plain Dealer leaked its LeBron James "Home" sports front page and it drew rave reviews. The New York Times went the opposite route for Saturday's edition. Rather than a photo or illustration of James, NYT went with a simple, blown up transaction list with the James news highlighted in yellow.

  • 5 things to watch as Cavs bring in LeBron James

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LeBron James' decision to come home to Cleveland is being hailed as a story about the power of forgiveness and maturity and a victory for a blue-collar Northern city over a destination spot in glitzy Miami. Now that the decision has, finally, been made, what does it mean for the long-struggling team on the court? The four-time MVP and two-time NBA champion left the Heat and returned to the team he left in 2010 largely due to the lure of home. But it could be argued that the Cavaliers could be a better decision purely from a basketball standpoint. In Miami, James would have had to team up Dwyane Wade, who has been slowed by knee problems over the last two seasons, Chris Bosh, who struggled against Tim Duncan in the NBA F