Eastern Notes: Anthony, Bucks, Magic

Marc Berman of The New York Post notes that Carmelo Anthony has until June 23rd to decide if he will opt out of his contract with the Knicks and become an unrestricted free agent. Most NBA players have until June 30th to decide. It was reported earlier that Anthony is considering opting in and putting off free agency until next summer.

More from the east:

  • Marc Lasry, the co-owner of the Bucks said that he and his partner Wes Edens hope to break ground on a new arena some time next summer, writes Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Lasry was quoted as saying, “We’d like to have a shovel in the ground some time between June and September of next year.
  • The Magic could have as much as $22.7MM in available salary cap space to use this summer in free agency, but it would be a “shock” if the team pursued Lance Stephenson as a free agent, writes Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. The team is looking for second-tier players in free agency, which would also make the pursuit of Kyle Lowry and Luol Deng unlikely, notes Robbins.
  • Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv wonders what the Knicks will do if Derek Fisher declines Phil Jackson‘s overtures to become their head coach.

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[…] Of course, with just ~$33.4MM in guaranteed salary for next season, the Magic aren’t just confined to the draft.  They can turn to the free agent market to get impact veterans at their need positions and this summer is ripe with quality options.  No, LeBron won’t be taking his talents to Epcot, but one has to think that the Magic could come away with a Luol Deng, Kyle Lowry, or Lance Stephenson, even if a recent report indicated that such a move would be a “shock“. […]


[…] Magic are displaying organizational patience in building their team, reportedly only looking for second-tier free agents at this stage of their development. While Afflalo has been highly coveted, Orlando insisted on […]


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