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Carmelo: Leaving Knicks 'Was Close'

Carmelo Anthony decided to re-sign with the New York Knicks in July after strongly considering joining the Chicago Bulls.

“It was close, it was close. I don’t even like to talk about that no more,” said Anthony. “This is home. There is no place like New York. Although the other situations were very intriguing, there is no place like New York.”

Anthony's college coach, Jim Boeheim, thought he should have left the Knicks for the Bulls to have a better shot at winning a championship.

“I haven’t heard that. I know [Boeheim] says some crazy stuff. That’s my guy. He’s been the same way for 40 years. But at the end of the day, man, with what we’re trying to create here in New York, it’s a new culture and a new identity and we’re trying to create that,” Anthony said. “As far as me staying here, a lot went into that decision. At the end of the day, I did have to believe in Phil (Jackson), I did have to believe in my teammates. So that’s all that matters.”

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post

Mavs, Bernard James Finalizing One-Year Contract

The Dallas Mavericks and Bernard James are finalizing a one-year deal.

James has been with the Mavericks since the 12-13 season.

James played collegiately at Florida State after serving six years in the United States Air Force.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Wolves To Acquire Young From 76ers For Mbah a Moute, Shved, Miami's 1st Rounder

The Minnesota Timberwolves will trade Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and the first round pick in 2015 belonging to the Miami Heat to the Philadelphia 76ers for Thaddeus Young.

Mbah a Moute's value to the 76ers, at least in part, comes from his close relationship with Joel Embiid.

There had been speculation that Anthony Bennett would be traded to the 76ers, but he will stay with the Wolves following his trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Via Jerry Zgoda/Minnesota Star Tribune

Blazers Sign Darius Morris To Camp Contract

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed Darius Morris to a non-guaranteed camp contract.

Morris has played on four NBA teams since being picked in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft.

Morris played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers and Memphis Grizzlies.

Via Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Celtics Sign Rodney McGruder, Christian Watford To Camp Deals

The Boston Celtics have signed Rodney McGruder and Christian Watford to camp contracts.

Watford played in Summer League for the Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors.

McGruder spent part of last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Via Mark Deeks/Hoop365

Wolves May Keep Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett has been linked to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of the long-anticipated Kevin Love deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he may be staying with the Minnesota Timberwolves after all.

The Wolves have reportedly been interested in flipping Bennett for Thaddeus Young from the 76ers.

Beat writer Jerry Zgoda reports that Bennett will stay with the Wolves.

"Just a reminder: if you keep reading Bennett is headed to Philly for Young in forthcoming trade...don't believe it," wrote Zgoda.

Via Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Thanasis Antetokounmpo Joining Knicks' D-League Affiliate After Considering Europe Deals

After mulling between the NBA Development League and European clubs, New York draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo has decided to play next season with the Knicks’ affiliate in Westchester, sources told RealGM.

Antetokounmpo considered several significant contract offers in Europe if he elected to pass on a consecutive season in the D-League, but Knicks management made clear that it hoped Antetokounmpo would remain within the organization in 2014-15.

For now, the Knicks plan for Antetokounmpo to sign directly with Westchester, meaning no training camp deal, sources told RealGM. This allows the Knicks to maintain his rights into the D-League, leaving him off the available market as a free agent should he be released in camp participation.

Throughout Antetokounmpo’s decision-making process, Phil Jackson and Steve Mills reaffirmed their long-term vision for the 22-year-old forward, sources said. The Knicks have a full roster of guaranteed contracts at 15.

Antetokounmpo – the older brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo – was New York’s 51st overall selection in the NBA Draft in June. Thanasis Antetokounmpo showcased his defensive activity in five summer league appearances for the Knicks, and he averaged three points and nearly two rebounds per game.

Louis Labeyrie, the Knicks’ No. 57 pick in the draft, will continue to develop with his French team in Paris and could start discussions on an NBA contract next summer, a source told RealGM.

A scouted talent out of Greece, Antetokounmpo started his professional career a year ago with Delaware of the D-League. He averaged 12 points and 4.6 rebounds in 50 games for Delaware.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Aquille Carr Finalizing Deal With Saint John Mill Rats Of Canada

Aquille Carr – once a Baltimore, Maryland/Washington D.C. prep phenom – is finalizing contract terms with the Saint John Mill Rats of the Canada National Basketball League, a source told RealGM.

Before entering the June NBA Draft, Carr had played 10 games with the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League. He averaged 10.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 14 minutes per game. Carr left the D-League in January and spent months training for his next professional team – ultimately going undrafted in June.

Carr’s deal with the Saint John Mill Rats holds an escape clause should the 20-year-old become drafted in next season’s D-League draft, a source said.

At 5-foot-5, Carr gained national recognition for his skill level and athletic talent while playing high school basketball at Princeton Day Academy in Baltimore. Carr also played in numerous exhibition, training and in-season games in the D.C. area.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Monroe Explored Sign-And-Trade With Thunder, Blazers, At Least Three Other Clubs

Greg Monroe's agent explored sign-and-trade scenarios with at least five other teams, including the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers.

Monroe and agent David Falk never sought an offer sheet from another team.

Monroe ultimately was forced to sign for the qualifying offer with the Detroit Pistons and will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post

Cavs Hire Boylan, Brielmaier, Drew, Posey As Assistant Coaches

The Cleveland Cavaliers have finalized their coaching staff and named Jim Boylan, Bret Brielmaier, Larry Drew and James Posey as assistant coaches on head coach David Blatt’s staff.

They join Tyronn Lue, who was named associate head coach earlier this summer. Phil Handy will also serve as Director of Player Development and Assistant Coach, along with Vitaly Potapenko, who has been tabbed to continue as the team’s Assistant Director of Player Development.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jim Eyen To Become Lakers' Assistant Coach

The Kings elected not to bring back Jim Eyen for the 14-15 season back in June.

Tim Frazier Signs Camp Contract With Celtics

Tim Frazier joins an already crowded point guard position for the Celtics.

Scottie Wilbekin Signs Deal With Cairns Taipans Of Australia

Scottie Wilbekin has signed a one-year deal with the Cairns Taipans of the Australian National Basketball League, a source told RealGM.

Toney Douglas To Sign In China

Toney Douglas was most recently with the Heat.

Knicks To Hire Jim Cleamons As Assistant Coach

The Knicks will hire Jim Cleamons as an assistant coach on the staff of Derek Fisher.

Anthony Randolph Signs Two-Year Deal With Lokomotiv Kuban

Anthony Randolph has signed a two year-deal with Lokomotiv Kuban of Russia.

Cavs 'Optimistic' On Eventually Signing Ray Allen

Ray Allen remains undecided on playing during the 14-15 NBA season.

Calipari Wouldn't Have Left Kentucky Even If He'd Known LeBron's Decision

John Calipari had an opportunity to leave Kentucky for the Cavaliers and he says he would have likely stayed in Lexington even if he had known LeBron James would eventually join him.

Shawn Marion Agrees To Sign With Cavs

Shawn Marion has committed to sign with the Cavaliers.

Shawn Marion Receives Interest From Clippers

The Clippers join the Cavs, Pacers and Heat in their interest in signing Shawn Marion.

Leandro Barbosa Hopes World Cup Increases Free Agency Interest

Leandro Barbosa has had discussions with NBA teams about a possible free agent deal.

Knicks Guarantee Contract Of Quincy Acy For 14-15

Quincy Acy will earn $912,000 next season.

Carmelo Anthony To Receive $62M Annual Salary Advance Over Five-Year Deal

Carmelo Anthony will not receive half of his $124 million deal this year but will get it annually in salary advancements.

Jonnie West Named Santa Cruz Associate GM

The Warriors have promoted Jonnie West to associate general manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Sim Bhullar Signs Camp Deal With Kings

Sim Bhullar has signed a camp deal with the Kings.

Lance Thomas, Thunder Reach Camp Deal

Lance Thomas has reached agreement on a training camp deal with the Thunder, league sources told RealGM.

Jerrelle Benimon To Sign Two-Year Deal With Nuggets

Jerrelle Benimon has reached agreement on a partially guaranteed, two-year contract with the Nuggets, league sources told RealGM.

Jordan Hamilton Agrees To One-Year Deal With Raptors

Jordan Hamilton has agreed to a one-year contract with the Raptors, a league source tells RealGM.

Toure' Murry Close To Two-Year, $2M Deal With Jazz

The Knicks have been trying this month to convince Toure' Murry to hold off on signing elsewhere as they try to sort out their roster.

Stephen Curry Has Had Thoughts About Playing For Hometown Hornets

Stephen Curry is in the middle of a four-year contract with the Warriors.
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