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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.

Source: Shams Charania, Yahoo! Sports

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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.

Source: Shams Charania, Yahoo Sports

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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.

Source: Shams Charania, Yahoo! Sports

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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.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN

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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.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN

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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.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN

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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.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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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.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski

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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.

Source: Marc Stein, New York Times

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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.

Source: Shams Charania, Yahoo Sports

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