Signing day arrived Thursday in the NBA, though the biggest free agents didn't rush to grab their pens.

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' Akron, Ohio, home, even while he was in Las Vegas.

Knicks president Phil Jackson was hoping Thursday would finally bring a decision from Anthony.

"But I expected one yesterday and the day before yesterday," Jackson said at the Knicks' summer league practice in Las Vegas. "But no, we're waiting."

Teams and players could negotiate and agree to deals since July 1, but contracts couldn't be signed or trades made until Thursday, after the moratorium period ended and next season's salary cap was set.

Most of the best free agents have usually committed by the time they can sign, though that hasn't been the case this year, largely because of the holdup caused by Miami's Big Three and Anthony.

Bosh might want to wait on the word from James to decide whether he wants to remain in Miami. Anthony was perhaps holding out in case there was some way he, too, could end up partnering somewhere with the four-time MVP.

While they wait, so do players such as Pau Gasol, Lance Stephenson, Luol Deng and Paul Pierce, who are on the next tier of free agents available.

  • The three-team trade that gave the Cavaliers salary cap space to possibly land James is official. Cleveland sent guard Jarrett Jack and swingman Sergey Karasev to Brooklyn and center Tyler Zeller and a first-round draft pick to Boston. Cleveland acquired a future conditional second-round pick from the Celtics and the draft rights to forwards Ilkan Karaman and Edin Bavcic from the Nets. The Celtics will get guard Marcus Thornton -- and his expiring $8 million contract -- from the Nets.

    Trail Blazers: Warriors free-agent guard Steve Blake signed a two-year contract with Portland worth a reported $4.2 million with a player option for the second year.

    Blake has had two previous stints with the Blazers and kept a home in the Portland area.

    The Warriors traded guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks to the Lakers for Blake in February. He averaged 4.4 points and 3.6 assists in 28 games with the Warriors.

    Suns: Phoenix has reached an agreement with forward P.J. Tucker on a three-year contract worth $16.5 million with the third year only partially guaranteed. Tucker, a restricted free agent, was the top defender and acknowledged leader in the Suns' surprising turnaround last season.

    Clippers: A trial that could determine the fate of the franchise 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 tactics.

    L.A. 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.

    That's well past the expiration of Ballmer's offer next Tuesday -- the same day that the NBA is supposed to vote on it -- and there is no deal without the judge's approval of the sale.

    Ballmer's lawyer, Adam Streisand, said there's a provision to extend the deadline another month as long as progress is being made in court.

    Trade: Utah acquired veteran forward Steve Novak from Toronto for guard Diante Garrett. The Jazz also received the rights to New York's second-round draft pick in 2017. Novak's .432 career 3-point percentage is second only to the Warriors' Stephen Curry (.440) among active players.