National Basketball Association roundup
July 12 (The Sports Xchange) - Carmelo Anthony is willing to waive his no-trade clause to join the Houston Rockets, and the New York Knicks are ramping up their efforts to oblige.
According to ESPN, the teams are diligently working on a deal to send Anthony to Houston where he would join All-Star point guard Chris Paul and James Harden, another All-Star and volume scorer who flourished in Mike D'Antoni's offense last season.
Free agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope agreed to a one-year, $18 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to multiple reports.
The deal will enable Caldwell-Pope to re-enter the market next summer, ESPN reported Tuesday night.
The Utah Jazz agreed to a two-year deal with free agent swingman Thabo Sefolosha, according to multiple reports.
The deal is worth a reported $10.5 million for the 33-year-old Sefolosha, who spent the past three seasons with the Atlanta Hawks.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Turkish forward Cedi Osman agreed to a three-year, $8.3 million deal, according to multiple reports.
The Cavaliers picked the 22-year-old Osman with the 31st pick in 2015 after a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The NBA Board of Governors approved a rule to decrease the number of timeouts per game in an effort to speed up the game for next season.
The league announced that the Board of Governors unanimously approved rules changes pertaining to timeout format and procedures for administrating free throws and halftime.