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Carmelo Anthony to receive half of his salary each year up front


Most NBA players get paid like you and I do — on the 1st and 15th of the month money is automatically put into their account via direct deposit. Their paychecks are just a tad bigger than ours.

Carmelo Anthony is getting more of his cash up front.

Half of his salary each season will be a cash payment up front, reports the Wall Street Journal. Anthony will make just shy of $22.5 million next season, he will get $11.25 million of that up front. Not a bad haul.

(There was an earlier report that he was going to get half of his entire five-year, $124 million contract up front, a whopping $62 million — that’s not happening. Under the CBA a player can negotiate to get half of a season’s salary up front, but not the entire contract.)

Anthony isn’t the only Knick to do this, J.R. Smith gets half his salary each season up. One of them is probably spending/saving that more wisely than the other, I’ll let you take a stab at guessing that one.

The NBA players union suggested that players getting new deals arrange it so their contracts are paid out on a twice-monthly deal but for 36 months — to prepare for the potential of a 2017 lockout. That’s a bit frightening, to think abut.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.