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Kings Expected To Make Trade Offer For Anthony

If the Nuggets make Carmelo Anthony available via trade as expected, the Kings will make an offer.

"If and when the Denver Nuggets commit to a sign-and-trade for Carmelo Anthony, the Kings will thrust themselves into the conversation. Count on it," writes Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee.

"That said, Joe and Gavin Maloof have been consistent about two things: (1) They are not interested in adding role players to eat up the salary cap space they've finally created; and (2) They are absolutely interested in a game-changer type of player, someone who puts fannies in the seats and affects the won-loss percentage."

Via Sacramento Bee

Rautins Dealing With Injured Knee

Knicks rookie guard Andy Rautins is dealing with an injured knee as he plays for Canada at the World Championships.

New York's training camp is set to open in three weeks, which could make the injury problematic if Rautins continues to play on it.

He did not play in Canada's loss to France on Tuesday.

Via Alan Hahn/Newsday

Diawara Will Play In Italian League

Yakhouba Diawara has signed a deal to play in the Italian League this season, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Diawara appeared in just six games for Miami in 2009-10, averaging less than eight minutes per appearance.

Via Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun-Sentinel (via Twitter)

Nuggets Will Meet With Carmelo Soon

Nuggets vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri said Tuesday that he's been in contact with Carmelo Anthony and plans to meet with him soon.

Denver offered Anthony a three-year, $65 million extension through 2014, but if he rejects it, the team will have to consider trading the forward.

Via ESPN

Nets Unwilling To Offer Lopez For Carmelo

According to one report, the Nets are not willing to include Brook Lopez in an attempt to trade for Carmelo Anthony. But New Jersey's offer of Devin Harris, Derek Favors and draft picks may still give the Nuggets the best pieces in return for Anthony.

No mention is made of whether Anthony would agree to sign an extension with the Nets or the other interested teams as part of a trade out of Denver. Anthony's long-term commitment figures to be a prerequisite before teams offer the Nuggets quality assets in a deal.

The Nuggets have had discussions with the Bulls that center around Luol Deng and Taj Gibson.

The Warriors may offer Stephen Curry, Andris Biedrins and draft picks but are not sure that they will make Curry available.

The Clippers are called a long shot with Chris Kaman and Eric Gordon the likely two targets whom Denver would look to acquire.

Via Jon Rothstein/MSG Network (via Twitter)

Oklahoma City Restructures Front Office

Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today a restructuring of the Thunder Basketball Operations department.

The Thunder promoted Troy Weaver to VP/Assistant General Manager, Rob Hennigan to Assistant General Manager/Player Personnel, Paul Rivers to Director of Minor League Operations and Basketball Technology and Brandon Barnett to Director of Minor League Scouting and Manager of Minor League Operations. The team added Michael Winger as Assistant General Manager/Legal and Administration and David Vanterpool as Pro Scout.

"We are pleased to continue to promote from within our organization while also bringing in new people who will enhance and compliment our current staff," said Presti. "The promotions for Troy, Rob, Paul and Brandon are well deserved. They are selfless workers who are extremely committed to our organization." Presti added, "We are fortunate to have the opportunity to also add people such as Michael and David to our team; both will enhance our organization and help us grow in a positive direction."

Via Press Release

Suns Re-Sign Dwayne Jones

The Suns have re-signed big man Dwayne Jones.

Phoenix traded Jones to Toronto as part of the Leandro Barbosa/Hedo Turkoglu trade last month, but the Raptors waived him.

The Suns are now carrying 14th players on their roster.

Via Arizona Republic

Cavaliers In No Rush To Replace Lance Blanks

The Cavaliers are in no rush to replace assistant general manager Lance Blanks, who left this offseason to work with the Suns.

"I've talked to a lot of guys. It's not something I'm going to rush," general manager Chris Grant said. "We've got the coaching staff set and our training staff set. Those are the two most important things."

Via Akron Beacon Journal

LeBron, Mo Williams Clear The Air

Mo Williams unexpectedly bumped into LeBron James at the airport in Cleveland on Sunday, which allowed the former teammates to have a much-needed conversation.

James and Williams were very close during their time together and Williams was one of the players most hurt by LeBron's decision to leave the Cavaliers as a free agent.

"Part of me is still sour ... but I wish him the best," Williams said. "He's got enough people rooting against him, he doesn't need one more."

Hours after James announced he was leaving the Cavaliers, Williams tweeted: "We were so damn close. So damn close now we have taken leaps and bounds backwards."

Via Akron Beacon Journal

Williams, Gardner Audition For Spurs

The Spurs opened their practice facility to potential training camp invitees on Monday.

Jawad Williams and Thomas Gardner were among the first players to participate.

"We're going to be looking at a lot of guys over the next few weeks," Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said. "Eventually, we'll decide on the players we want to bring to camp."

Via San Antonio Express-News

TBS Drops Appeal Over Hawks Sale

David McDavid tried to purchase the Hawks and Thrashers in 2003.

Jordan Son's Partying Under Investigation In Vegas

Marcus Jordan, 19, bragged on Twitter about spending $50,000 in Las Vegas.

Udoh Wasn't Expecting To Reach NBA

Ekpe Udoh was drafted by the Warriors with the sixth overall pick.

Martin: Rockets Will Survive Without Ariza

Kevin Martin says the Trevor Ariza trade shows Houston's faith in himself, Shane Battier and Chase Budinger.

Villanueva Wants To Challenge Jerebko For Starting Job

Charlie Villanueva wants to challenge Jonas Jerebko as Detroit's starting small forward.

U.S. Sneaks Past Brazil 70-68

Leandro Barbosa missed a shot at the buzzer.

Heat Sign Da'Sean Butler

The Miami Heat announced today that they have signed second-round draft selection Da?Sean Butler.

Bosh Proposes To Girlfriend

Chris Bosh will marry girlfriend Adrienne Williams.

Hawks Don't Want Horford To Test Free Agent Market

Jamal Crawford may desire a contract extension, but Al Horford is more likely to get one.

Etan Thomas On 'Short List' For Hawks

Etan Thomas is among a few candidates to sign with the Hawks.

Carmelo's Twitter Account Was Hacked

Carmelo Anthony issued a Tweet on Sunday afternoon saying he was back in control of his Twitter account.

Shaq: Celtics Good With Or Without Me

Shaquille O'Neal continues to insist he'll do whatever the Celtics ask of him.

Wizards Invite Hudson, Martin To Camp

The Wizards currently have 12 players under contract for the 2010-11 season.

Crawford's Agent, Hawks To Meet This Week

Jamal Crawford is reportedly ready to request a trade if the Hawks don't give him a contract extension.

GM: Jennings 'Working On Everything'

Brandon Jennings is trying to become a better all-around player.

Sy Could Join Hawks In 10-11

Pape Sy has one more year on his contract with Le Havre.

Knicks Could Still Sign Ager

New York has one open roster spot.

Gibson Hoping For Larger Role

Daniel Gibson couldn't find a regular spot in Mike Brown's rotation last season.

McGrady Insists He Still Can Play

Tracy McGrady may not be able to dunk on opponents anymore, but he's confident in his scoring ability.

Stackhouse Intrigued By Miami

Jerry Stackhouse thinks playing in Miami would be fun.
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