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Carmelo Anthony verbally agrees to sign with Houston
Free agent forward Carmelo Anthony has verbally agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets, according to sources of Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.
No surprise here as the move has been expected since the Oklahoma City Thunder parted ways. Anthony cleared waivers last week after reaching a buyout from the Atlanta Hawks but was in Africa with the NBA Players Association until Tuesday. Anthony will likely start at small forward after the departure of Trevor Ariza through free agency this summer.
Anthony put up career-worst scoring numbers last season as he averaged 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 40.4% from the field and 35.7% from three.
76ers' first round pick Zhaire Smith suffers foot fracture
Philadelphia 76ers guard Zhaire Smith has suffered a fractured left foot, per Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
Smith, the 16th-overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, suffered the injury during a developmental camp in Las Vegas on Monday. Foot fractures are tricky to pin down with a timetable, but if he undergoes surgery he could end up missing the entirety of the 2018-2019 season.
Smith averaged 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks in 28.4 minutes per game as a freshman at Texas Tech last year.
Greg Monroe signs one-year deal with Toronto
The Toronto Raptors have signed free agent center Greg Monroe to a one-year, $3.2M deal, per Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.
Monroe will provide much-needed depth at center behind Jonas Valanciunas following the trade of Jakob Poeltl in the Kawhi Leonard deal. Monroe is not expected to more than 20 minutes per game, as long as Valanciunas is healthy.
Monroe averaged 10.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks per game while shooting 56.5% from the field in 51 games with the Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, and Boston Celtics in 2017-18.
Carmelo Anthony finalizes buyout with Hawks
Atlanta Hawks and former Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony has finalized his buyout with the Hawks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Anthony has agreed to give back $2.4M of his $27.9M salary to be released by Atlanta. After he clears waivers in 48 hours, Anthony is expected to sign with the Houston Rockets for the veteran's minimum, not coincidently $2.4M.
Anthony averaged a career-worst 16.2 points per game in 2017-18 while shooting 40.4% from the field with the Thunder.
Clint Capela re-signs with Houston for five-years, $90M
The Houston Rockets and center Clint Capela have reached an agreement on a five-year, $90 million deal, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
As expected, the Rockets retain the services of the restricted free agent and at a fair price as well. The 24-year-old big man will make $18M per season, virtually the same amount the Chicago Bulls paid Zach LaVine and Jabari Parker. Capela will be entering his fifth year in the NBA and is a crucial piece of the Houston team that finished with the NBA's best record in 2017-18.
Capela enjoyed a mini-breakout season, averaging 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game for the Rockets last season.
Kevin Love reportedly signs 4-year, $120 million extension with Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love has signed a 4-year, $120 million contract extension with the team, reports Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
Love will earn $24.1 million next season, bringing the total deal to 5 years and $145 million. The five-time All-Star figures to see as much opportunity on offense as he can handle for Cleveland. Love turns 30 in September.
Love averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds with 2.3 3-pointers in 59 games for the Cavs last season.
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