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Jackson Lures Anthony Back To Knicks With Less-Than Max Contract
Published July 14, 2014
NYET SPENDING: In N.Y., Tim Bontemps writes following “four years of moves aimed at nothing but chasing a championship,” the Nets’ decision to pass on re-signing Paul Pierce was “clearly a business one, marking a clear change in direction for the franchise.” Until now, “money has never been an issue” for Owner Mikhail Prokhorov (N.Y. POST, 7/14). On Long Island, Roderick Boone noted the Nets not bringing back Pierce “signaled a change in philosophy in a sense.” The franchise is “done spending millions as if they were playing with Monopoly money” (NEWSDAY, 7/13).
MAGICAL HOMECOMING? In Orlando, Mike Bianchi wrote Rockets C Dwight Howard at some point in the future will “once again transform” into the Magic’s Superman. The man who “wrecked the franchise will someday come back to save the franchise.” Howard has “an early termination option in his contract” with the Rockets to become a free agent in two years. If the Magic are “an up-and-coming contender in the horrible Eastern Conference by then,” Howard “would consider coming back” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 7/13).