Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Lakers go Hollywood to entice Anthony

The Lakers' pitch to free agent Carmelo Anthony on Thursday included a movie trailer, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Lakers are among those hoping to convince the seven-time All-Star to leave the Knicks. He visited Chicago, Houston and Dallas this week. And he met with the Knicks in Los Angeles late Thursday, espn.com reported. The Knicks can offer him about $130 million over five years. Other teams can offer about $97 million over four.

The Lakers also can offer him Hollywood. Joel Silver, who produced The Matrix, Lethal Weapon and Die Hard, put together a four-minute movie trailer of the forward's potential life in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times said. It was narrated by actor Tobey Maguire.

Contracts can't be signed until July 10.

Reports: Nowitzki will return to Mavericks

Forward Dirk Nowitzki agreed to re-sign with the Mavericks for three years and about $30 mil­lion, multiple media outlets reported.

Neither side could comment, but Nowitzki, 36, said on Twitter, "MFFL," which stands for "Mave­ricks Fan for Life."

Nowitzki, a 12-time All-Star, has spent all 16 of his NBA seasons with Dallas. Last season, he averaged 21.7 points. He was coming off a four-year, $80 million deal. With the pay cut, espn.com reported, Dallas will try to sign major free agents.

LeBron watch: The agent for LeBron James met with the Cavs, the Associated Press and espn.com reported. The Mavericks, Rockets and Suns also have met with Rich Paul, espn.com reported.

Hawks: Swingman Thabo Sefolosha agreed to a three-year deal worth $12 million, realgm.com reported. He averaged 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds last season.

Kings: Point guard Darren Collison agreed to a three-year deal worth about $16 million, the Los Angeles Times reported. Last season, he averaged 11.4 points and 3.7 assists primarily as backup.

Knicks: Kurt Rambis agreed to a four-year, $4.8 million deal to be an assistant to first-time coach Derek Fisher. He coached the Lakers in 1998-99 (going 24-13) and the Timberwolves from 2009-11 (32-132).

Raptors: Point guard Kyle Lowry agreed to re-sign for four years and $48 million, media reports said. He can opt out after three seasons, Yahoo Sports reported. Lowry, who said on Twitter he was staying in Toronto, averaged 17.9 points and 7.4 assists last season.

Sterling case: Lawyers for Clippers owner Donald Sterling filed a motion to move to federal court the trial to determine if his estranged wife can sell the team. They allege that airing his medical information in a probate court violates federal privacy laws. Shelly Sterling wants her husband, banned from the NBA for life for racist remarks, declared mentally incapacitated so she can sell the team for $2 bil­lion. The case was set to begin Monday. It was not clear when a federal judge might rule.

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