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Knicks Have 'Never' Considered Trading Away Carmelo Anthony

Dec 1, 2015 11:34 AM

Steve Mills claims the New York Knicks have never thought about trading away Carmelo Anthony.

"Never," said Mills. "Period."

The Knicks figure to move forward building around Kristaps Porzingis, who is just 19 while Anthony is already 31.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron Disagrees With Durant On Media Treatment Of Kobe

Dec 1, 2015 11:30 AM

LeBron James disagreed with the comments made by Kevin Durant about how the media has treated Kobe Bryant during the final stages of his career.

James said the media has done a great job of building Bryant up to the stature he has as one of the league's best players of all-time.

Durant strongly derided the media on Monday when asked for his response to Bryant's retirement announcement.

"I've been disappointed this year because you guys (media) treated him like (expletive)," said Durant. "He's a legend and all I hear is about how bad he's playing, how bad he's shooting, time for him to hang it up. You guys treated one of our legends like (expletive) and I didn't like it."

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Celtics Tried To Use Hornets' No. 9 Pick To Trade Up With Knicks To No. 4

Dec 1, 2015 11:23 AM

In last year's draft, the Boston Celtics initially pursued a trade for the Charlotte Hornets' No. 9 pick with the idea of sending it to the Knicks, along with Boston's No. 15 pick to move up to No. 4.

The Celtics were targeting Justise Winslow at No. 4, just as they were at No. 9.

Charlotte refused the pitches from the Celtics and ended up taking Frank Kaminsky, while Kristaps Porzingis went No. 4 overall ot the Knicks.

The Miami Heat selected Winslow with the 10th overall pick.

"We listened," Steve Mills says. "But we were never close."

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Justise Winslow, Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Kaminsky, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Jahlil Okafor Will Be Accompanied By Security Guard When Going Out

Nov 30, 2015 10:02 PM

Jahlil Okafor will now be accompanied by a security guard whenever he goes out on the town.

The request for security was made by Okafor's handlers.

"A lot of teams do that for their players anyway,'' a source close to Okafor said. "So from now on the Sixers are going to have someone at his disposal full-time."

Okafor engaged in a brawl with a man outside a Boston nightclub last week.

The fight in Boston followed an incident in October in which a heckler pointed a gun at Okafor's head following a verbal exchange at a club in Philadelphia.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA

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Al Jefferson Out 2-3 Weeks With Strained Left Calf

Nov 30, 2015 7:51 PM

Al Jefferson is out two to three weeks with a strained left calf.

Jefferson is averaging 13.7 points in 26.2 minutes per game this season.

Jefferson's minutes per game has gone from 35.0 in his first year with the Hornets to 30.6 last season and now down to 26.2.

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Tags: Al Jefferson, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Agents Deride Way 76ers Have Operated During Rebuild

Nov 30, 2015 2:38 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers are in the third season of Sam Hinkie's rebuilding project with no turnaround in sight.

The way they have treated players, agents and possibly other teams may be the most problematic part of the process long-term.

"Their inability to establish a rapport with agents and probably with other teams is definitely going to lead to their demise," an agent said of the Sixers' regime.

"When you're building a business culture, you're dealing with human beings," another prominent agent said. "Especially with athletes, you've got to have a rapport with these guys. It's a culture of communication and transparency, and none of that exists."

"There's nobody there, and nobody will go there," an agent said. "Nobody. Cap space won't matter. You know who'll go there? Guys that are trying to steal money."

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Paul George, Kevin Durant Named Players Of The Week

Nov 30, 2015 2:04 PM

Kevin Durant and Paul George have been named the NBA's Player of the Week.

Both Durant and George were limited by injury last season.

George led the Pacers to a 3-0 week behind an Eastern Conference-leading 37.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals. He shot 54.7 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from three-point range and 86.7 percent from the foul line. On Nov. 24, George tallied 40 points on 14-of-19 shooting, including 7-of-8 from beyond the arc, during a 123-106 win over the Washington Wizards.

Durant led the Thunder to a 3-0 week behind averages of 30.3 points (second in the Western Conference), 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 blocks (fourth in the Western Conference). He shot 58.5 percent from the field, 52.2 percent from three-point range and 94.4 percent from the foul line. On Nov. 27, Durant recorded 34 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three blocks during a 103-87 win over the Detroit Pistons.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Paul George, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

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Kevin Durant Rants Against Media Treatment Of Kobe Bryant

Nov 30, 2015 1:32 PM

Kevin Durant continues to be hypersensitive on media matters, going on a rant when asked about his reaction to the announcement by Kobe Bryant that he will retire at the end of the season.

"I did idolize Kobe Bryant. I studied him, wanted to be like him. He was our Michael Jordan. I watched Michael toward the end of his career with the Wizards and I seen that's what Kobe emerged as the guy for us.

"I've been disappointed this year because you guys (media) treated him like (expletive). He's a legend and all I hear is about how bad he's playing, how bad he's shooting, time for him to hang it up. You guys treated one of our legends like (expletive) and I didn't like it.

"Hopefully now you can start being nice to him now that he decided to retire after the year. It was sad the way he was getting treated.

"He had just an amazing career, a guy who changed the game for me as a player mentally and physically. Means so much to the game of basketball. Someone I'm always gonna look to advice for anything. Just a brilliant, brilliant, intelligent man. Sad to see him go. He put his mark on the game."

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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NBA PER: Kawhi Leonard Enters Top-5

Nov 30, 2015 12:24 PM

Kawhi Leonard has joined Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin in the top-5, jumping from 14th to fifth since last week.

James Harden also had a big gain, going from 18th to 10th.

PER Rankings (Week 5)
1. Stephen Curry: 34.4
2. Russell Westbrook: 31.8
3. Kevin Durant: 31.2
4. Blake Griffin: 28.5
5. Kawhi Leonard: 27.2
6. LeBron James: 26.7
7. Hassan Whiteside: 26.1
8. DeMarcus Cousins: 26.1
9. Paul George: 26.0
10. James Harden: 25.1
11. Anthony Davis: 25.1
12. Derrick Favors: 25.1
13. Clint Capela: 24.8
14. Andre Drummond: 24.3
15. Chris Paul: 24.1
16. Kyle Lowry: 24.0
17. Enes Kanter: 23.8
18. Paul Millsap: 23.3
19. Eric Bledsoe: 22.9
20. Kevin Love: 22.4
21. Damian Lillard: 22.1
22. Dirk Nowitzki: 22.0
23. Greg Monroe: 22.0
24. Kemba Walker: 21.8
25. Chris Bosh: 21.8

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Jahlil Okafor 'Not Proud' Of Off-Court Incidents

Nov 30, 2015 12:17 PM

Jahlil Okafor apologized for several off-court incidents in his personal life.

Okafor was pulled over about three weeks ago for driving 108 MPH in a 45 MPH zone. Okafor was also involved in a fight outside a Boston nightclub.

"I hold myself to a higher standard than anyone else ever could and I'm not proud of some of my decisions over the last few months," Okafor tweeted. "I own my choices both personally and now publicly. At this point I am cooperating and respecting the process I have to go through."

Okafor declined to address the issues with reporters.

"I'm not talking about anything but basketball," Okafor said before Sunday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. "I already made my statement."

Brett Brown said he's unsure if Okafor will receive a suspension.

"As an organization, anything like this is concerning."

"It's like any 19-year-old kid," Brown said. "You are trying to find ways to help him.

"He's knows he's made mistakes, and we know he's made mistakes. As an organization we will deal with them as we need to and should."

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Suspension

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Thunder Assign Josh Huestis, Mitch McGary To D-League
Mitch McGary has played in six games for the Thunder this season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game.

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NBA Efficiency Differential Rankings: Thunder Back In Top-5
The Thunder, Magic, Clippers and Rockets made notable gains over the past week.

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Kupchak: Awkward For Kobe To Go Out With Young, Rebuilding Team
Mitch Kupchak admitted the Lakers haven't made his job easy at this stage of his career.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Wizards To Waive Martell Webster
Martell Webster has one season remaining on his deal with a partial guarantee.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Ryan Hollins Agrees To Sign With Wizards
Ryan Hollins was with the Kings last season and spent the 2015 preseason with the Grizzlies.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement At End Of Current Season
Kobe Bryant has announced he will retire at the end of the 15-16 season.

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Stephen Curry 'Definitely Feels Like Better Player Than Last Year'
Stephen Curry is averaging 32.1 points per game, 8.3 more than last season when he won MVP.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

JaVale McGee: I'm A Lot Smarter, More Patient In My Game
JaVale McGee is trying to make the most of his opportunity with the Mavericks.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Brett Brown: Naive To Think There Won't Be Problems With Such Young Team
Brett Brown talked about the potential for problems inherent in the way the 76ers' roster has been built around young players.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Jahlil Okafor Pulled Over For Driving 108 MPH On Ben Franklin Bridge
Anything over 40 MPH on the bridge is considered reckless driving.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Dunc'd On Pod: Facebook Mailbag
Host Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux of RealGM and the Sporting News answer reader questions submitted via Facebook.

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Harrison Barnes Injures Ankle, X-Rays Negative
Harrison Barnes suffered a badly sprained ankle during the third quarter of the Warriors' win at the Suns.

Diamond Leung/San Jose Mercury News

Reggie Jackson On OKC Boos: I Kind Of Love To Be Hated
Reggie Jackson was booed loudly in his first game at the Thunder since he was traded to the Pistons.

David Mayo/MLive

Lakers Benching Kobe Bryant 'Not An Option'
Kobe Bryant is averaging more field goal attempts per game (a team-high 16.4) than points (15.2).

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Dwyane Wade Was Fine Missing Playoffs In 2015 Since Winning Title Was Unrealstic
The Heat have reloaded with the trade for Goran Dragic and the draft selection of Justise Winslow.

Michael Lee/Yahoo! Sports

Jason Kidd Suspended One Game By NBA
Jason Kidd has received a one-game suspension by the NBA for slapping the ball out of a referee's hands and not leaving the court in a timely manner.

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Windhorst: LeBron James Has 'Warrior Paranoia'
LeBron James has been more concerned with winning regular season games this season than he has in the past as the Warriors have started 16-0.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Jerry West: Draymond Green Has Become Top-10 Player In NBA
Draymond Green currently ranks fourth in Basketball Reference's MVP tracker for the current season

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Byron Scott Believes He Still Has Support Of Lakers' Front Office
Byron Scott is in the second-year of a four-year contract worth $17 million, with a team option for the final season.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Lakers Working On Improving Julius Randle's Jumper
Julius Randle has always been an effective player on offense due to his strength and ability off the dribble.

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

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