Signing day arrived Thursday in the NBA, 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’ home in Akron, Ohio, even while he was in Las Vegas.
Knicks president Phil Jackson was hoping Thursday 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.”
In the meantime, 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 Thursday, after the moratorium period ended and next season’s salary cap was set.
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 may want to wait on the word from 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 signed his deal to stay in Toronto, which Yahoo Sports previously reported was for $48 million over four years.
Gortat is returning to Washington with a contract that will pay him $60 million over five years.
The Clippers signed reserve center Spencer Hawes, a former Husky, to a four-year deal worth a reported $23 million.
A couple of other players might be getting their riches, though it will take a few days. Hayward signed an offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets that would pay him $63 million over four years. The Utah Jazz have three days to match the offer.
Parsons has a three-year, $45 million offer from Dallas, but he is also a restricted free agent that allows the Rockets the same window to match.
LOS ANGELES — A trial that could determine the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers has been put on hold until after a deadline to conclude a $2 billion sale — but that expiration date could be extended.
A Los Angeles judge said the case won’t finish by Tuesday but will continue on July 21 because some lawyers for team owner Donald Sterling have personal plans.
Sterling is suing to block his wife’s unilateral deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Shelly Sterling testified Thursday that she made the deal with her husband’s consent — then he changed his mind.
Ballmer’s deal is due to expire next Tuesday but his lawyer, Adam Streisand, said there’s a provision to extend that another month as long as progress is being made in court.
• The Phoenix Suns reached agreement with forward P.J. Tucker on a three-year contract worth $16.5 million with the third year only partially guaranteed.
• The Portland Trail Blazers signed free-agent guard Steve Blake to a two-year contract is worth a reported $4.2 million. Portland also landed free-agent center Chris Kaman to a two-year contract worth a reported $9.8 million.
• The Cleveland Cavaliers said guard Kyrie Irving has signed his five-year, $90 million extension.
• The Utah Jazz acquired veteran forward Steve Novak from Toronto for guard Diante Garrett.