Carmelo Anthony will not return to the Knicks.
The veteran wing, who spent seven seasons in New York, is finalizing a one-year deal to sign with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to The Athletic. Anthony wanted to show loyalty to the franchise that gave him another chance in the NBA last season and knows he will play a key role on a potential NBA title contender, The Athletic reported.
The 36-year-old Anthony enjoyed a resurgence in Portland with an average of 15.4 points and 6.3 rebounds last season while helping the Blazers storm to the playoffs in the NBA bubble.
It was thought that Anthony could reunite with former agent and current Knicks president Leon Rose in a potential homecoming under free agency, but that did not turn out to be the case.
Hawks: Guard Rajon Rondo took to Instagram to send what appeared to be a farewell message to the Lakers after helping them win last season̵
The answer came quickly.
Rondo later on Saturday accepted a two-year deal with the Hawks, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told the AP.
Nuggets: Paul Millsap is staying with Denver on a one-year deal that will be worth about $ 10 million, says a person with knowledge AP. The news of the forward’s decision was first reported by The Athletic and Denver Post.
Heat: Miami accepted a two-year deal starting at $ 5.9 million for this season with top defensive guard Avery Bradley, said agent Charles Briscoe.
Bradley has averaged 11.8 points in his career. He spent last season with the Lakers, but did not accompany them to the NBA reboot bubble at Walt Disney World. He averaged 8.6 points in 49 games, mostly started, for the Lakers last season.
The second year of this deal is Heats opportunity, as are the deals they made Friday with returning Goran Dragic and Meyers Leonard. It protects Miami’s spending flexibility in the summer of 2021.
The sun: Going forward, Jae Crowder, a big part of Miami’s run last season to the NBA Finals, agreed a three-year contract that will be worth nearly $ 30 million to join Phoenix, according to a person familiar with those negotiations.
– with AP