Cavaliers get Powell, Haywood in trade
The Cavaliers have acquired center Brendan Haywood and forward Dwight Powell from Charlotte for guard Scotty Hopson and cash considerations.
The Cavs announced the move Saturday, one day after LeBron James said he’s returning to Cleveland.
A 12-year veteran, Haywood has played in 794 NBA games, averaging 6.9 points and 6.1 rebounds. He missed all of last season with a broken foot.
The 7-footer gives Cleveland some front line depth, but he’s also only got one year left on his contract. Haywood, who played on Dallas’ 2011 title team, was picked by Cleveland with the 20th overall pick in 2001 but traded on draft night to Orlando.
Powell played four years at Stanford, averaging 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. The 6-11, 240-pound forward is the fourth Canadian on Cleveland’s roster, joining Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, this year’s top overall pick.
Source: Anthony staying with Knicks
A person with knowledge of the details says Carmelo Anthony is staying with the New York Knicks.
Anthony has decided to stay in New York after meeting with a number of teams during free agency, the person told The Associated Press on Saturday on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made.
The Knicks offered Anthony a maximum contract worth nearly $130 million over five years. He also met with Chicago, Houston, Dallas and the Lakers, though the Knicks were able to offer about $35 million more than any of them under NBA rules.
Pau Gasol tweets he’s joining Bulls
Free-agent center Pau Gasol says he has decided to join the Chicago Bulls.
Gasol announced on his verified Twitter account on Saturday that he was looking forward to the “new chapter” of his career in Chicago. He says the choice wasn’t easy and he decided on the Bulls “after meditating a lot.”
It was unclear if Gasol had signed with the Bulls or was a part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he had played for parts of seven seasons.
Jazz match offer for Gordon Hayward
The Utah Jazz have matched Charlotte’s four-year, $63 million offer for restricted free agent Gordon Hayward.
Hayward’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed Utah’s move on Saturday. The Jazz had until late today to match the Hornets’ offer from Thursday for the 6-foot-8 small forward. The team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Hayward averaged career highs of 16.2 points, 5.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals last season while leading the Jazz in scoring and minutes.
The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft, Hayward has played all four seasons in Utah. He has scored in double figures 63 times with nine double-doubles while averaging 12 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists.