Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Lowry inks deal, but no sign of Big 3, Melo

ASSOCIATED PRESS Fans display LeBron James jerseys while waiting near his Bath Township, Ohio, home for news on whether he´ll sign with Cavaliers.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Fans display LeBron James jerseys while waiting near his Bath Township, Ohio, home for news on whether he'll sign with Cavaliers.
SIGNING DAY arrived in the NBA yesterday, though the biggest free agents didn't rush to grab their pens.

Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh might be waiting on LeBron James - isn't everybody? - before making their decisions.

There's been no indication when James plans to do so, so Miami and Cleveland waited anxiously - as did fans lining up outside James' Akron, Ohio home, even while he was in Las Vegas.

Knicks president Phil Jackson was hoping yesterday would finally bring a decision from Anthony.

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"But I expected one yesterday and the day before yesterday," Jackson said at the Knicks' summer league practice in Las Vegas. "But no, we're waiting."

The Cavaliers are also waiting, but in the meantime they officially announced that All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving signed the 5-year, $90 million contract extension he agreed to last week.

In other news, Kyle Lowry and Marcin Gortat signed contracts to remain with their teams, while Chandler Parsons and Gordon Hayward inked offer sheets that could land them on new ones.

Teams and players could negotiate and agree to deals since July 1, but contracts couldn't be signed or trades made until yesterday.

Most of the best free agents have usually committed by the time they can sign, though that hasn't been the case this year, largely because of the holdup caused by Miami's Big Three and Anthony.

Bosh, a member of the "Big 3" along with James and Wade, seems to be waiting on James to decide whether he wants to remain in Miami. Anthony was perhaps holding out in case there was some way he, too, could end up partnering somewhere with the four-time MVP.

While they wait, so do players such as Pau Gasol, Lance Stephenson, Luol Deng and Paul Pierce, who are on the next tier of free agents available.

Not everybody is waiting around. Lowry, who starred at Cardinal Dougherty High, signed a deal to stay in Toronto that Yahoo Sports previously reported was for $48 million over 4 years.

"I think the situation that I'm in, the age I'm [at], me being able to lead a team, to lead a team and grow as a person, that was a very big factor in it," said Lowry, 28.

Gortat is returning to Washington with a contract that will pay him $60 million over 5 years.

A couple of other players might be getting their riches, though it will take a few days. Hayward signed an offer sheet with Charlotte that would pay him $63 million over 4 years. Utah has 3 days to match the offer. Parsons has a 3-year, $45 million offer from Dallas, but he is also a restricted free agent and that allows the Rockets the same window to match.

The Rockets are one of the teams believed to be considering Bosh if he does opt to leave Miami, which could affect how they deal with Parsons.

In other signings

* The Los Angeles Clippers announced the signings of Jordan Farmar and center Spencer Hawes. Farmar, who played with the Lakers last season officially signed a 2-year contract worth a reported $4.2 million. Hawes, a former Sixer traded to the Cavs in February, signed a 4-year contract worth a reported $23 million.

* Portland announced it had signed guard Steve Blake, who split time with the Lakers and Warrriors last season to 2 year deal worth a reported $4.2 million.

* A person with knowledge of the situation says Phoenix have reached an agreement to re-sign forward P.J. Tucker to a 3-year contract worth $16.5 million with the third year only partially guaranteed.


* A day after being berated in court by her husband, Shelly Sterling returned to the witness stand in a trialin Los Angeles County Superior Court to determine whether she has the right to sell Donald Sterling's Clippers for $2 billion.

Shelly Sterling said Donald was initially pleased she had secured a $2 billion offer from former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer after her husband had been banned from the NBA for making racist remarks. However, she testified, his mood soon changed. She said he became enraged, and said he would never sell the team and would sue the league.

Donald Sterling contends his wife had no right under a family trust that owns the Clippers to singlehandedly make the deal.

NBA owners are scheduled to vote on the Ballmer deal on Tuesday. There can be no deal without the judge's approval of the sale.

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