Apr 19, 2014 10:33 PM EDT
The Chicago Bulls were already feeling increasingly optimistic of their chances of acquiring Carmelo Anthony this offseason, according to sources, and the projected increase in salary cap for 14-15 improves their odds.
The Bulls would have to use their amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer, as well as moving other veteran salary to make Anthony a competitive offer.
The Houston Rockets are also confident that they can create space for Anthony.
Apr 17, 2014 9:42 PM EDT
Joel Anthony will exercise his player option with the Boston Celtics for the 14-15 NBA season.
Anthony will earn $3.8 million and become an unrestricted free agent in 2015.
Anthony was traded to the Celtics by the Miami Heat in January.
Apr 17, 2014 2:09 PM EDT
Carmelo Anthony will enter free agency after not reaching the playoffs for the first time in his NBA career. Anthony has been with the New York Knicks since February of 2011.
"I want to come back. I want to come back. But I also want to win," said Anthony.
"At this point in my career, I'm not concerned about the money," said Anthony.
The Knicks can offer five seasons and $129 million to Anthony.
"I'm not at the point in my career where I want to rebuild."
Apr 17, 2014 2:03 AM EDT
The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to make a maximum five-year contract extension offer to Kyrie Irving this offseason.
"I've been a part of this and I want to continue to be a part of this," he said. "We're making strides in the right direction, especially in this organization. I want to be part of something special, and I want to be part of something special in Cleveland.
"I don't have a definitive answer to that right now, but it'll be something special. I can guarantee that."
Irving was the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
"It's a big deal for me and my family if they do offer that. It would be exciting, and I'll make the best decision for me and my family. That's what it's going to boil down to for myself."
Apr 16, 2014 8:09 PM EDT
The New York Knicks signed Lamar Odom just 45 minutes before the deadline on a two-year deal.
The Knicks will have an option on Odom's contract for the 14-15 season.
Apr 15, 2014 1:31 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets will sign Josh Powell to a multi-year contract, league sources told RealGM.
Powell's contract for next season will be non-guaranteed, which sets up the possibility of a trade. The six-year veteran will be eligible for the postseason.
A two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, Powell had spent the season playing overseas. He averaged 15 points and 9.9 rebounds in the Chinese Basketball Association.
Powell went to training camp with the New York Knicks in October.
Apr 15, 2014 12:37 PM EDT
The Chicago Bulls attempted to sign Kurt Thomas earlier this month before signing Lou Amundson and Greg Smith.
Thomas is now 41 and has not played since last season, considering himself retired.
Thomas played for nine teams in his 18 seasons as a pro after leading the nation in scoring and rebounding at TCU in 1994-95.
Apr 15, 2014 9:50 AM EDT
Lamar Odom and the New York Knicks are nearing a deal that includes a team option for next season, according to sources.
Odom is expected to sign this week, barring any unforeseen snags.
By signing Odom to a non-guaranteed contract for next season, the Knicks would want to use the extra time to see if they can get the veteran forward to the point where he could be worthy of a roster spot.
Odom has dealt with off-court issues since his departure from the Los Angeles Clippers last season.
Apr 14, 2014 12:13 PM EDT
The New Orleans Pelicans have waived center Greg Stiemsma and signed center Melvin Ely for the remainder of the season.
Ely (6-10, 260) has appeared in 373 games over eight NBA seasons, averaging 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.0 minutes per game. The 6-10 center joins the Pelicans after playing the last two seasons for the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League, where he appeared in 78 games (74 starts) and averaged 13.4 points and 6.0 rebounds in 27.7 minutes per game. In the 2013-14 season, Ely totaled 15.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 41 appearances and was selected to the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game.
Stiemsma appeared in 55 games (20 starts) this season for the Pelicans and averaged 2.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.0 block in 18.3 minutes per game. The three-year veteran holds career averages of 3.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 16.0 minutes per game.
Apr 11, 2014 7:43 PM EDT
The New York Knicks are weighing whether to sign Lamar Odom before the end of the regular season, according to sources.
Odom could sign a contract that includes a team option for next season, which would allow the Knicks to monitor the veteran forward in the offseason.
Odom reportedly met with Phil Jackson during a recent game.
Odom had signed overseas earlier in the year but left the club.
James Southerland’s deal for the remainder of the season won’t carry into 2014-15.
The Bulls will sign Lou Amundson to a contract on Thursday for the remainder of the season, sources tell RealGM.
Mike James' 10-day contract with the Bulls expired in January.
Spencer Hawes is averaging a career-best 14.0 points, and shooting a career-high .440 from 3-point range.
Apr 08, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Othyus Jeffers has spent most of the season with the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League.
Grant Jarrett joins the Thunder after spending the past season with the Tulsa 66ers where he appeared in 27 games (25 starts) and averaged 15.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 29.3 minutes per game.
The Thunder will not sign Reggie Williams following the expiration of his second 10-day contract, sources tell RealGM.
Ronnie Brewer appeared in 23 games earlier this season with the Rockets.
Joel Anthony has played sparingly since being traded to the Celtics.
Erik Murphy was waived by Chicago on April 3 after appearing in 24 games for the Bulls, averaging 2.6 minutes per contest.
Kyrie Irving is eligible for an extension this offseason and a full max offer is almost certain to be made to him by the Cavaliers.
Chris Wright has averaged 19.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 blocks in 41 games this season in the D-League with the Red Claws.
D.J. Stephens appeared in three games with the Bucks, averaging 2.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 4.9 minutes.
Casper Ware averaged 3.6 points, 1.2 assists, 1.2 rebounds and 14 minutes in five games with the 76ers.
Phil Jackson has already made it clear that he would like Carmelo Anthony to re-sign in the offseason.
The Bulls have held discussions about signing Ronnie Brewer and Mike James, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Apr 03, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Rockets are interested in signing Malcolm Delaney of Bayern Munich.
A.J. Price appeared in 28 games with the Timberwolves and averaged 1.6 points, 0.5 assists and 0.4 rebounds in 3.5 minutes per game.
Apr 02, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Damion James has played in the D-League this season with the Jam and Legends.
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