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Anthony stays in New York

Associated Press

Carmelo Anthony is staying with the New York Knicks, he announced Sunday.

He explained that he owed it to himself to explore all his options as a free agent, and thanked the teams he met with for their interest.

The Knicks can pay the All-Star forward nearly $130 million over five years, though Anthony has said he would be open to taking less than the maximum salary if it would help build a winning team. He did that, according to team president Phil Jackson, though contract terms were not disclosed.

“He did exactly what we kind of asked him to do: give us a break in the early part of his contract so that when we have some wiggle room next year … we can exploit it, provide a more competitive team for our group,” Jackson said.

In other league news:

• Jeremy Lin joined the Lakers in a trade with the Houston Rockets, who also gave up first- and second-round draft picks in 2015 for the rights to European center Sergei Lishchuk.

• Free-agent forward Luol Deng agreed to a $20 million, two-year deal with the Miami Heat, said Herb Rudoy, one of Deng’s agents.

• Chandler Parsons is going to the Dallas Mavericks after the Rockets decided not to match the restricted free agent’s three-year offer sheet worth more than $45 million. Parsons will be in the Dallas frontcourt with Dirk Nowitzki and recently reacquired Tyson Chandler after playing his first three NBA seasons with the Rockets.

• A person familiar with the contract says free-agent point guard Brian Roberts has agreed to a $5.5 million, two-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets.

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