Thursday's Sports In Brief

The Associated PressJuly 11, 2014 


The NBA's biggest free agents didn't rush to grab their pens when signing day arrived Thursday.

Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh might be waiting on LeBron James — isn't everybody? — before making their decisions.

There's been no indication when James plans to do so, so Miami and Cleveland waited anxiously — as did fans lining up outside James' home in Akron, Ohio, even while he was in Las Vegas.

In the meantime, Kyle Lowry and Marcin Gortat signed contracts to remain with their teams, while Chandler Parsons and Gordon Hayward inked offer sheets that could land them on new ones.

Other players reaching deals included P.J. Tucker for three years and $16.5 million with the Suns, Steve Blake for two years and $4.2 million with the Trail Blazers, Thabo Sefolosha for three years and $12 million with the Hawks and Kyrie Irving, who signed a five-year, $90 contract extension with the Cavaliers.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A trial that could determine the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers was delayed until after a deadline to conclude a $2 billion sale — and a scheduled NBA vote on the deal.

Donald Sterling has vowed never to sell the team and he's trying to block his wife's deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Attorneys for Shelly Sterling have accused his side of stalling.

Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas put off the next hearing until July 21 because two of Sterling's lawyers had plans for a vacation and a wedding anniversary. He set closing arguments for July 28.

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