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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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

Magic trade Dakari Johnson to Grizzlies

The Orlando Magic have traded center Dakari Johnson to the Memphis Grizzles for forward Jarell Martin.

What It Means:

Orlando had acquired Johnson just three days ago from Oklahoma City. He'll likely be the third option at center for Memphis behind Marc Gasol and Ivan Rabb.

Johnson played just 5.2 minutes per game last season, averaging 1.8 points, 1.1 rebounds. 0.3 assists, 0.3 blocks, and 0.2 steals.

Jarell Martin traded from Memphis to Orlando

The Memphis Grizzlies have traded forward Jarell Martin to the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

Martin was sent to Orlando in exchange for center Dakari Johnson, who was traded to the Magic from the Thunder only three days ago. Martin will have a tough time finding minutes in Orlando, with Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac, Nikola Vucevic, Mohamed Bamba and Khem Birch all competing for playing time.

Martin averaged career-highs in all of points (7.7), rebounds (4.4), assists (1.0), blocks (0.7) and minutes (22.8) per game last season. His .480 effective field goal percentage was also a career-best.

Carmelo Anthony reportedly intends to sign with Rockets

Oklahoma City forward Carmelo Anthony, who will reportedly be traded to and bought out by the Atlanta Hawks, intends to sign with the Houston Rockets, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

What It Means:

Anthony still needs to be formally traded and clear waivers but the expectation has been that he will hop on with the Rockets, who Stein says will sign the 34-year-old to the veteran's minimum of $2.4 million. It's not clear what role Melo will play in Houston but he's still scheduled to receive his $27.9 million as part of being bought out from the Hawks.

Melo averaged 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game while shooting just 40.4 percent from the field for the Thunder last season.

Hawks and Alex Len finalizing a deal

The Atlanta Hawks and free agent center Alex Len are finalizing a deal, per Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

It is a reported two-year, $8.5 million deal for the 25-year-old center. Len will compete for minutes at the five with Dewayne Dedmon, John Collins and Miles Plumlee.

Len averaged 8.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 20.2 minutes per game in the 2017-18 season. His .567 effective field goal percentage and 19.8% rebound rate were both career-best marks.

Magic trade Rodney Purvis to Thunder

The Orlando Magic have traded guard Rodney Purvis to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Dakari Johnson.

What It Means:

Purvis' contract is not guaranteed, so it would not be shocking to see the Thunder release him. He didn't see regular playing time last season until March, when the only thing the Magic were playing for was a draft pick.

Purvis averaged 6.0 points on just 32.7% shooting during the 2017-18 season.

Thunder trade Dakari Johnson to the Magic

The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded center Dakari Johnson to the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

Oklahoma City receives guard Rodney Purvis, whose contract is not guaranteed. The move frees up $1.4 million for the Thunder. Orlando is fairly loaded in the front court, so it could be hard for Johnson to top last season's 5.2 minutes per game.

Johnson averaged just 1.8 points and 1.1 rebounds in the 2017-18 campaign.

Yogi Ferrell agrees to a two-year, $6.2 million deal with Kings

The Sacramento Kings have agreed to a two-year, $6.2 million deal with guard Yogi Ferrell.

What It Means:

Yogi was set to sign a two-year, $5.3 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks, but he decided to back out. We now know why. His minutes will likely decrease in Sacramento as he battles for playing time in the second unit.

Ferrell averaged 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 27.8 minutes per game during the 2017-18 season.

Michael Beasley agrees to a one-year deal with the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with free-agent forward Michael Beasley.

What It Means:

Beasley is a solid addition to the Lakers' second unit and should get 15-20 minutes of playing time per night.

Beasley finished last season with averages of 13.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists, his best output in each category since the 2010-11 season.

Suns reportedly receive Richaun Holmes from Sixers

The Philadelphia 76ers will trade power forward Richaun Holmes to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for cash considerations, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

The 76ers needed to clear cap space in order to sign Jonah Bolden, the 37th overall pick from the 2017 draft, to a 4-year, $7 million rookie deal. Holmes figures to compete with veteran Tyson Chandler for backup center minutes behind 1st overall pick Deandre Ayton.

Holmes averaged 6.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 0.6 blocks in 15.5 minutes per game for the 76ers last season.

76ers sign 2017 pick Jonah Bolden to 4-year deal

Philadelphia 76ers 2017 second-round pick Jonah Bolden has agreed to a 4-year, $7 million rookie deal with the team, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

The deal includes team options and was made possible after Richaun Holmes was sent to the Phoenix Suns for cash considerations on Friday. Bolden was taken with the 36th overall pick in last year's draft before being stashed overseas. The 22-year-old may have a tough time cracking a deep Philadelphia frontcourt.

Bolden averaged 6.9 points, 5.5 boards, 1.2 steals, 0.9 blocks and 0.8 treys in 21.1 minutes per game for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Shelvin Mack nearing 1-year agreement with Grizzlies

Free agent point guard Shelvin Mack, previously of the Orlando Magic, and the Memphis Grizzlies are "progressing in talks on a one-year deal," according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

What It Means:

Mack logged 19.8 minutes per game for the Magic last season but he likely wouldn't see nearly as much opportunity playing behind a healthy Mike Conley.

Mack averaged 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 0.8 steals in 69 games (three starts) last season.

Nuggets sign Monte Morris to 3-year deal

Denver Nuggets shooting guard Monte Morris has agreed to a three-year, $4.8 million deal with the team, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

Morris was on a two-way deal with the Nuggets last season but the 2017 second-rounder earned the long-term deal with a solid showing during Summer League play. He will likely be the third point guard behind Jamal Murray and Isaiah Thomas.

Morris averaged 3.3 points, 2.3 assists, 0.7 rebounds, and 1.0 steals in 8.7 minutes over three games for the Nuggets last season.

Nets, Suns swap Darrell Arthur, Jared Dudley

The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to trade forward/center Darrell Arthur to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for guard/forward Jared Dudley and a 2021 second-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

What It Means:

The Nets acquired Arthur from the Denver Nuggets last weekend. He will be bought out of his $7.4 million contract, per Woj, who adds that Dudley may face the same fate. Arthur, 30, has been limited to 60 games over the past two seasons due to injury.

Arthur averaged 7.4 minutes in 19 games for the Suns last season.

Update: Yogi Ferrell bails on Mavericks, will re-enter free agency

Free agent guard Yogi Ferrell has pivoted from his deal with the Dallas Mavericks and will re-enter the open market, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

"We felt uncomfortable and will weigh our options," said Ferrell's agent, Cervando Tejeda. It was reported on Thursday that the undersized shooting guard had agreed to re-sign with the Mavericks on a 2-year, $5.3 million contract, but perhaps Tejeda was able to swing a better deal.

Ferrell averaged 19.3 FanDuel points in 82 games (21 starts) for the Mavericks last season, with 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.6 3-pointers on 42.6 percent shooting from the floor and 37.3 percent from beyond the arc.

76ers send Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired guard/forward Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot from the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

Luwawu-Cabarrot will likely compete for reserve minutes on the wing in Oklahoma City. The 23-year-old late first-round pick didn't make much of an impact during two seasons with the 76ers.

TLC averaged 9.2 FanDuel points in 15.5 minutes over 52 games for the 76ers last season.

Justin Anderson goes from 76ers to Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks acquired small forward Justin Anderson from the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.

What It Means:

Anderson figures to provide backup wing minutes for the Hawks.

Anderson averaged 10.1 FanDuel points in 13.7 minutes over 38 games for the 76ers last season.

Mike Muscala reportedly moves from Hawks to 76ers

Atlanta Hawks forward/center Mike Muscala will be headed to the Philadelphia 76ers in the Carmelo Anthony trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

What It Means:

Muscala provides some matchup flexibility for the 76ers and his departure creates even more upside in the Hawks' frontcourt for rising sophomore John Collins.

Muscala averaged 16.8 FanDuel points in 20.0 minutes over 53 games for the Hawks last season, with 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest.

Thunder reportedly acquire Dennis Schroder from Hawks for Melo

The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired point guard Dennis Schroder from the Atlanta Hawks in a deal centering around Carmelo Anthony's contract, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

What It Means:

It's a win-win for both sides, as the Hawks had reportedly been struggling to move Schroder for weeks and the Thunder were committed to dumping Anthony's contract. He obviously won't see nearly as much opportunity in Oklahoma City playing behind Russell Westbrook but Schroder's best years should theoretically be ahead of him, as next season will be only his age-25 campaign. Jeremy Lin and Trae Young will likely split most of the Hawks' point guard minutes next season.

Schroder averaged 33.3 FanDuel points with 19.4 points, 6.2 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 1.1 3-pointers in 67 games for the Hawks last season.

Carmelo Anthony reportedly traded from Thunder to Hawks, will be waived

The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade forward Carmelo Anthony and a 2022 lottery-protected first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks for point guard Dennis Schroder and forward/center Mike Muscala, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

What It Means:

Anthony will be bought out and is free to sign with a team of his choice. The Houston Rockets are the "frontrunner," according to Woj, who added that the Thunder will flip Muscala to the Philadelphia 76ers for guard/forward Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. Justin Anderson will also be traded from the 76ers to the Hawks.

Anthony averaged 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game while shooting just 40.4 percent from the field for the Thunder last season.

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