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AP Source: Cavaliers agree to terms with Cedi Osman

AP Source: Cleveland Cavaliers agree to terms with Turkish forward Cedi Osman

By Tom Withers Associated Press Published: July 13, 2017 4:00 AM
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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to terms with Turkish forward Cedi Osman, a person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press.

The Cavaliers drafted Osman in the second round in 2015 and their deal was confirmed by a person who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deal. ESPN reported that it is a three-year contract worth $8.3 million.

The 6-foot-8 Osman averaged 7.1 points for the Turkish team Anadolu Efes in Euroleague play last season. He gives the Cavaliers another defensive-minded player who can guard multiple positions.

Osman was in Las Vegas with the Cavaliers for summer league, but did not play. He joins Kyle Korver, Jeff Green and Jose Calderon as free agent signings for the Cavs this summer.

AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski in Las Vegas contributed to this report.

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NBA HOPES

TO SPEED UP

GAMES WITH

RULES CHANGES

LAS VEGAS -- The NBA is trying to make games go a little more quickly.

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The league's Board of Governors has unanimously approved some changes that will potentially eliminate four time-outs per game, help speed up the final minutes of games and emphasize a timely resumption of play after halftime.

The changes all go into effect starting this coming season.

Teams will be limited to two time-outs in the final three minutes of a game, instead of having up to three. All four quarters will have two mandatory time-outs, after the 7- and 3-minute marks.

Also, all halftimes will be 15 minutes and delay of game penalties will be issued if teams are not ready to immediately play when intermission ends.

REPORT: ROCKETS,

KNICKS EXPLORING

CARMELO TRADE

Carmelo Anthony could soon be joining his good friend Chris Paul in Houston.

The Knicks and Rockets are working on Anthony trade scenarios, according to an ESPN report on Wednesday. Some of them involve three- and four-team deals. Since those trades are complex and difficult to complete, nothing appears to be imminent. But ESPN reported that both sides are confident they can reach a deal.

It's possible the Knicks are trying to gather as many assets as they can -- in the form of draft picks -- for their best player, while the Rockets are looking for a landing spot for Ryan Anderson, who has three years and $61 million remaining on his deal. ESPN reported that there is a third team willing to be involved in the trade. Portland is a possibility since it wants to shed salaries.

Anthony has a no-trade clause and 15-percent trade kicker in his contract. But he reportedly would be willing to waive the no-trade to play for the Rockets or Cavaliers.

The Rockets became the front-runners for Anthony after acquiring Paul. Anthony and Paul are close friends and always wanted to play on the same team. Anthony had been linked to the Clippers before last season's trade deadline since that's where Paul was at the time.

LAKERS SIGN CALDWELL-POPE

LOS ANGELES -- A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million contract.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the deal hasn't been announced.

Caldwell-Pope was among the top handful of talents remaining on the free agent market after spending his first four NBA seasons with the Detroit Pistons. The former eighth overall pick averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists last season while starting 75 games.

The 6-foot-5 Pope could play a major role next season for the Lakers alongside point guard Lonzo Ball, the second overall pick. Los Angeles traded D'Angelo Russell to Brooklyn last month, and Nick Young signed with Golden State.


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