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After a strong Summer League, Spurs are signing Michigan State alum Matt Costello to a 2-way deal, sources say.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

New York Knicks Director of Pro Player Personnel Mark Hughes has interviewed for the Milwaukee Bucks' assistant general manager opening, per league sources. Hughes, a veteran executive with the Knicks organization since 2007, also interviewed for the Atlanta Hawks GM position earlier in the offseason. He has been one of the key figures in the Knicks' recent draft success, which includes Kristaps Porzingis, Willy Hernangomez, the recently re-signed Tim Hardaway Jr., Channing Frye and Danilo Gallinari. The Knicks, of course, have made some poor picks in that span but have been largely successful in the draft. New president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry recently discussed the possibility of making changes in the Knicks front office but Hughes is not believed to be among the personnel changes being considered as he is highly regarded internally by New York. Bucks GM Jon Horst is currently filling positions in his front office. Hughes is no stranger to the Midwest. As a player, Hughes was a co-captain of the 1989 National Championship team at Michigan and has coaching experience as an NBA assistant and CBA head coach.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony is not considering the Portland Trailblazers as a potential landing spot via trade, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Anthony, who has a no-trade clause, said to friends as recently as earlier this week that he still expects to end up in Houston, per league sources.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

The $3.3M Rajon Rondo contract now has the Pelicans $486K below the luxury tax. New Orleans has 12 guaranteed and 3 non-guaranteed/partial contracts. The protection on Axel Toupane will increase to $200K if not waived by July 25. In addition the contract of Quinn Cook will become guaranteed $100K if he is not waived by July 25. Both players currently count $50K against the Pelicans guaranteed money.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Morris knows how to endear himself to a new fan base. During an introductory conference call on Wednesday, Morris said: "How could I be upset about going to the Boston Celtics? Paul Pierce has always been my favorite player." Morris said he has reached out to Pierce. "The first thing he said to me when we talked, he said I was gonna love it [in Boston]," said Morris. "That's all I needed to hear."