NBA Trade Rumors, Free Agents 2014: Knicks, Lakers, Bulls, Nets, Heat, Mavs; Where is Carmelo Going?
Here’s the latest AP updates on the NBA free agency and trade situation.
AP source: Knicks to meet with Anthony in LA
NEW YORK (AP) — A person with knowledge of the plans says the New York Knicks plan to meet with Carmelo Anthony on Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles.
Team president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills were expected to be part of the meeting but not Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the meeting were to remain private.
The meeting was first reported by ESPN.
Anthony was in Los Angeles to meet with the Lakers, who are among the teams hoping to convince the All-Star forward to leave New York. Anthony already visited Chicago, Houston and Dallas this week.
The Knicks can offer him the largest contract, though Jackson has said he hopes Anthony will take less than a maximum contract.
AP source: Mavs, Nowitzki agree on 3-year deal
Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed on what could be the final contract for the big German.
A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday that Nowitzki would get a three-year contract worth roughly $30 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
New contracts can’t be signed until next Thursday.
The 36-year-old Nowitzki is taking a big pay cut with a contract similar in value and structure to the one Tim Duncan signed with San Antonio two years ago.
Duncan, who also took a much lower salary, is exercising a player option to return for the final season of his deal after helping the Spurs win their fifth title since 1999.
Nowitzki just completed a four-year deal worth $80 million, and he left money on the table in that deal hoping the Mavericks could get some pieces around him.
AP: Celtics, Bradley agree on $32 million, 4-year deal
BOSTON (AP) — Avery Bradley has agreed to a $32 million, four-year deal to remain with the Boston Celtics.
Agent Mitchell Butler confirms the deal Wednesday for Bradley, the No. 19 pick in the 2010 draft.
Bradley averaged a career-best 14.9 points in 60 games last season as the starting point guard while Rajon Rondo was recovering from a torn knee ligament. Bradley can play either guard spot and is a strong defender.
The Celtics extended a qualifying offer to Bradley on Monday, making him a restricted free agent and allowing them to match any offer he received from another team.
AP Nets reach agreement with Hollins to become coach
NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets reached an agreement in principle Wednesday with Lionel Hollins to become their coach, moving quickly after the departure of Jason Kidd.
The deal with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach comes two days after the Nets made a trade with Milwaukee to allow Kidd out of his contract so the Bucks could hire him.
Nets general manager Billy King and his assistants then met with Hollins on Monday night and again Tuesday before agreeing to the deal. Terms were not disclosed.
“I want to thank the Nets ownership and Billy for this opportunity,” Hollins said in a statement. “It has been a long process to get back into the league, and I believe that Billy and I will have a very successful working relationship. Brooklyn has firmly established itself as a franchise that is committed to winning, and I eagerly look forward to becoming part of that culture and building on the success of the past two playoff appearances.”
The Nets will introduce Hollins at a press conference Monday.
Hollins led Memphis to 56 victories and the 2013 Western Conference finals before he and the Grizzlies parted ways. The Nets considered him last year after firing P.J. Carlesimo before hiring Kidd.
BOSTON CELTICS — Agreed to terms with G Avery Bradley on a four-year contract.