NBA free agency: Carmelo Anthony heading back to Trail Blazers

Carmelo Anthony won’t be making a return to the Knicks. The veteran wing, who spent seven seasons in New York, is finalizing a one-year deal to re-sign with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to

Carmelo Anthony won’t be making a return to the Knicks.

The veteran wing, who spent seven seasons in New York, is finalizing a one-year deal to re-sign with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to The Athletic. Anthony wanted to show loyalty to the franchise that gave him a second chance at the NBA last season and knows he will play a key role on a potential NBA title contender, The Athletic reported.

The 36-year-old Anthony enjoyed a resurgence in Portland, averaging 15.4 points and 6.3 rebounds last season while helping the Blazers storm to the playoffs in the NBA bubble.

There was thought Anthony could reunite with former agent and current Knicks president Leon Rose in a potential homecoming during free agency, but that didn’t turn out to be the case.

Hawks: Guard Rajon Rondo took to Instagram to post what appeared to be a farewell message to the Lakers, after he helped them win this past season’s NBA title. He ended the post with “Now, what’s next…”

The answer came quickly.

Rondo agreed later Saturday to a two-year deal with the Hawks, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told AP.

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Nuggets: Paul Millsap is staying with Denver on a one-year deal that will be worth around $10 million, a person with knowledge told AP. The news of the forward’s decision was first reported by The Athletic and the Denver Post.

Heat: Miami agreed to a two-year deal starting at $5.9 million for this season with top defensive guard Avery Bradley, agent Charles Briscoe said.

Bradley has averaged 11.8 points in his career. He spent last season with the Lakers but did not accompany them to the NBA restart bubble at Walt Disney World. He averaged 8.6 points in 49 games, mostly starts, for the Lakers last season.

The second year of that deal is the Heat’s option, just like the deals they struck Friday with returnees Goran Dragic and Meyers Leonard. That protects Miami’s spending flexibility for the summer of 2021.

Suns: Forward Jae Crowder, a big part of Miami’s run last season to the NBA Finals, agreed on a three-year contract that will be worth nearly $30 million to join Phoenix, according to a person familiar with those negotiations.

— with AP

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