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OKC sends 'Melo to Hawks, will be waived

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Carmelo Anthony is done in Oklahoma City.

A person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press the Thunder are sending Anthony and a 2022 protected first-round pick to Atlanta in exchange for Hawks guard Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala. Anthony will be waived by the Hawks, clearing the way for him to sign as a free agent elsewhere. The person spoke Thursday on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the situation publicly.

ESPN, which first reported the trade, said the Thunder will send Muscala to the Philadelphia 76ers for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, and Philadelphia's Justin Anderson will be sent to Atlanta.


Nuggets' Porter has second back surgery

DENVER (AP) Denver Nuggets rookie forward Michael Porter Jr. has undergone back surgery in Dallas and there is no timetable for his return to the court.

The team said Thursday the procedure of the lumbar spine was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett at the Carrell Clinic.


Celtics re-sign Smart for 4 years, $52M

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics re-signed guard Marcus Smart on Thursday, bringing him back for four more years after he found the market for a restricted free agent defensive specialist wasn't as lucrative as he'd hoped.

A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press that Smart will be paid $52 million over the next four years. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team did not disclose the terms of the contract.


Cousins seeks fresh start with Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) DeMarcus Cousins spent his first eight seasons in the NBA chasing two things - peace and the playoffs.

After signing with Golden State as a free agent, the four-time All-Star center has no doubts he'll finally find both, and that those will help dispel the notion that he's a bad teammate.


Mbah a Moute joins Clips for 2nd stint

LOS ANGELES (AP) Luc Mbah a Moute is back with the Los Angeles Clippers, signing a free-agent deal.

The 31-year-old forward averaged 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.18 steals in 61 games for Houston last season.


Ex-Lakers reporter Chortkoff dies at 78

LOS ANGELES (AP) Mitch Chortkoff, a columnist and beat writer who covered the Los Angeles Lakers for over 50 years, has died. He was 78.

He died Tuesday at a health care facility in Van Nuys following a long illness, according to his brother Stan.


Pistons add Grgurich, Nori as assistants

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons have hired Tim Grgurich and Micah Nori as assistant coaches.

Grgurich most recently was an assistant for Milwaukee, but he's spent the last 27 years with NBA teams such as Seattle, Portland, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Denver and Dallas. New Pistons coach Dwane Casey overlapped with Grgurich when both were with Seattle from 1994-98.


Bulls sign G Blakeney to NBA contract

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Antonio Blakeney to an NBA contract.

Undrafted out of LSU in 2017, Blakeney signed a two-way deal with the Bulls and averaged 7.9 points in 19 games while splitting time between Chicago and the G League's Windy City Bulls. He was the G League's Rookie of the Year, averaging 32.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists


Leonard trade gives Spurs new look

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The most tumultuous offseason in Gregg Popovich's two decades with the Spurs ended with the trade of star Kawhi Leonard to Toronto.

And Popovich says he is fine with that.


Hawks request waivers on G Morris

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have requested waivers on guard Jaylen Morris, who appeared in six games with the team last season.

Morris averaged 4.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in his brief time with the team.