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NBA Rumors Stories for Thursday, July 19, 2018
Updated 10:30 p.m. ET

Carmelo Anthonyís exit from Oklahoma City is imminent. No one said it was simple. The Thunder have agreed to trade Anthony and a protected 2022 first-round draft choice to Atlanta for point guard Dennis Schroder and power forward Mike Muscala, according to ESPNís Adrian Wojnarowski. Norman Transcript

Anthony is expected to be waived by Atlanta, according to ESPN, and heíll become a free agent once his salary clears. The Thunder will save millions of dollars in salary and luxury tax as a result of the deal and reportedly keep Schroder, a point guard who averaged 19.4 points and 6.2 assists for the Hawks in 2017-18. Norman Transcript

It didnít take the 76ers long to get past the Nemanja Bjelica spurn. Two days after the 6-foot-10 Serbian forward backed out of his free-agent commitment, the Sixers acquired backup post player Mike Muscala from the Atlanta Hawks in a three-team deal, multiple sources confirmed. The Sixers sent swingman Justin Anderson to the Hawks and shooting guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the deal. This news was first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Philly.com

There was never any doubt that Dirk Nowitzki was going to re-sign with the Mavericks. In order to maximize salary cap space and sign free agents such as forward DeAndre Jordan, owner Mark Cuban and the front office declined Nowitzkiís team option earlier this summer. But on Thursday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reported that the face of the franchise would be returning to Dallas on a one-year deal worth $5 million. Star Telegram

Luc Mbah a Moute is back with the LA Clippers, signing a free-agent deal, the team announced. Terms of the deal were not announced Thursday, but league sources previously told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Mbah a Moute's deal is for one year and $4.3 million. ESPN.com

Monte Morris has agreed to a three-year, $4.8 million contract with the Denver Nuggets, a league source confirmed to The Denver Post Thursday evening. The first two years of the deal are guaranteed. Denver Post

Denver Nuggets second-round draft pick Thomas Welsh has signed a two-way contract, the team announced Thursday afternoon. Welsh, the 58th overall pick in last monthís NBA draft, averaged 12.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists during his senior season at UCLA. Denver Post

The Kings have another familiar face moving up the staff ranks. Bobby Jackson was named an assistant player development coach Thursday. According to James Ham of NBC Sports California, he replaces Jenny Boucek, who took a position with the Dallas Mavericks. While Jacksonís title is new, his time with the Kings is not. Sacramento Bee

The 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. ESPN.com/AP

The Celtics appeared to be bidding against themselves as they renewed serious negotiations and agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal with Marcus Smart Thursday. But they were willing to pass on a potentially bargain year of Smart at the qualifying offer of $6,053,719 to lock him up for multiple years and avoid an far more uncertain dance next summer when he could be an unrestricted free agent. Boston Herald


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