National Basketball Association roundup
(The Sports Xchange) - The New York Knicks announced they had agreed on a deal with forward Carmelo Anthony on Sunday.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed but ESPN.com reported that Anthony agreed to a five-year deal for more than $122 million. That is about $7 million less than a maximum contract.
"After three months of questions around Carmelo Anthony's return to the New York Knicks we are now happy to know that we have the cornerstone of what we envision as a 'team of excellence,' " team president Phil Jackson said in a statement. "(General manager) Steve Mills and I have assured Carmelo through our conversations, that we share the vision and the determination to build this team."
Anthony confirmed on his website that he had a deal in place with the Knicks.
"A few years ago I dreamed of coming back to New York City, the place of my birth, and on February 23, 2011 that became a reality," Anthony said in a statement. "This organization has supported me and in return, I want to stay and build here with this city and my team. At this pivotal juncture in my career, I owed it to myself and my family to explore all of the options available to me. Through it all, my heart never wavered."
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Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Blatt said that the team will not trade number one overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins.
The Cavaliers are reportedly interested in trading for Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love and pairing him with star forward LeBron James.
However, Blatt said he is unaware of any plans to part with Wiggins. Continued...