Knicks President Phil Jackson was expecting a decision from Carmelo Anthony on Thursday.
“But I expected one yesterday and the day before yesterday,” Jackson said. “But no, we’re waiting.”
Jackson said he was still expecting good news, although he said he hadn’t heard from Anthony since meeting with him a week earlier.
He felt confident about keeping the All-Star forward after their last discussion.
Jackson said, “The two of us, I think feel really passionately about what we’re trying to get accomplished. It’s his ability to stay, be patient, lead and watch us develop a winner.”
The Knicks offered Anthony a maximum level contract, worth nearly $130 million over five years, at their meeting in Los Angeles. Anthony had previously met with Chicago, Houston, Dallas and the Lakers.
Hornets General Manager Rich Cho said the team has extended an offer sheet to free agent Gordon Hayward. The deal signed Thursday would pay the small forward $63 million over the next four years. The Jazz have until 11:59 p.m. Sunday to match the offer and retain Hayward. With the offer sheet in place, the sign and trade possibility with the Jazz is no longer an option. The 6-foot-8 Hayward averaged career highs of 16.2 points, 5.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals last season.
Day of league deals
Marcin Gortat signed his five-year, $60 million contract to remain with the Washington Wizards. … The Toronto Raptors re-signed Kyle Lowry to a multiyear contract. Terms weren’t disclosed, but Yahoo Sports had reported it was for $48 million over four years. … Steve Blake is coming back to the Trail Blazers. The two-year contract is worth a reported $4.2 million with a player option for the second year. Blake has had two previous stints with the Blazers before going on to play for the Lakers, Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Free agent center Chris Kaman signed a two-year contract with the Trail Blazers. The Blazers used a midlevel exception on the contract, worth a reported $9.8 million. … The Utah Jazz acquired veteran forward Steve Novak from Toronto in exchange for guard Diante Garrett. The Jazz also received the rights to New York’s second-round draft pick in 2017. … Staying home was important to Jordan Farmar, so he moved from the Lakers to the Clippers as the backup to Chris Paul. He signed a two-year contract worth a reported $4.2 million. The Clippers also signed reserve center Spencer Hawes to a four-year deal worth a reported $23 million. … The Atlanta Hawks opened free agency by formally announcing the signing of swingman Thabo Sefolosha in a three-year, $12 million contract. The Hawks cleared more than $15 million in salary cap space by trading guard Lou Williams and the draft rights to Brazilian center Lucas Nogueira for Toronto forward John Salmons.
Sterling trial delay
A trial that could determine the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers was delayed Thursday. Donald Sterling is trying to block the $2 billion deal his wife, Shelly Sterling, has with Steve Ballmer. Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas put off the next hearing until July 21 and set closing arguments for July 28. That’s well past the expiration of Ballmer’s offer next Tuesday — the same day the NBA is supposed to vote on it. Ballmer’s lawyer said outside of court there’s a provision to extend the deadline.