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Knicks Carmelo Anthony Says Team Knows ‘What I’m Looking For’

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The future of superstar forward Carmelo Anthony with the New York Knicks continues to be uncertain.

In an article posted by the New York Post, Anthony said that conversations with the Knicks have been “great conversations’’ and that “they know how I feel’’ and “what I’m looking for.’’

During a conversation on ESPN’s SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt, Anthony maintained that his priority is “winning a championship’’ and he aimed at regaining the “joy” for the game that he said waned during the tenure of former Knicks president Phil Jackson.

“Conversations have been had,’’ Anthony told Van Pelt.

“There’ve been plenty of conversations that have been had on both sides. I think we both know where we stand as far as myself, as far as the Knicks organization. They know how I feel. I know how they feel. We have been in communication. At this point, I want to see what happens. I just want to enjoy my offseason despite everything that’s surrounding me.’’

“I’m always optimistic. I’m very optimistic. I’ve had great conversations with new GM Scott Perry. He understands my mindset, where I’m at. My career right now, what I’m looking for. Things were put on the table. It was great dialogue, great conversations from both sides. Respectful from both sides.’’

While it is no secret that Anthony wants to play for the Houston Rockets, the Knicks have asked him to expand his list as other teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and the Oklahoma City Thunder are interested in acquiring the veteran forward.

“For me, it’s all about at this point winning a championship and having fun playing the game of basketball again and keeping that motivation and passion,’’ Anthony said.

“Having fun and enjoying the game. At the end of the day, if you’re not enjoying the game, everything else is 10 times worse. I’ve never lost my passion or motivation for it. I’ve lost my joy for it a little bit because of everything that’s surrounded me but I’m starting to find my happiness now and joy for the game.’’

Anthony says his preference is to not be a part of a rebuild and admits that he has found “peace” with Jackson out of the picture.

“I had to take time to myself and become knowledgeable in understanding what’s going on with my surroundings and put that in perspective. That’s where I’m at right now. I’m going on with my days, in the gym, the lab working, doing my charity work, community work, I’m just trying to enjoy my offseason, even though it’s been a roller coaster for me.

I’m trying to enjoy this time right now.”

 

 

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Cavaliers, Raptors Interested in Dragan Bender

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Dragan Bender

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors are interested in former Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender.

Bender was a major bust with the Suns, who drafted him with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, but he is still only 21 years old.

Bender can still turn his career around, but he has issues with 3 point shooting and the physicality of the NBA game.

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Cavs Expected to Waive and Stretch J.R. Smith

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to waive guard J.R. Smith after failing to find a suitable trade, according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon.

According to Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor, the Cavs plan to stretch his contract over the next three years.

Smith played in only 11 games during the 2018-19 season as the Cavs veered towards a youth movement.

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Cavs’ Larry Drew Discusses Brandon Knight’s Play of Late

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The Cleveland Cavaliers knew that when they acquired Brandon Knight in a trade deadline deal with the Houston Rockets, that they were acquiring a player that may be a ways away from returning to form.

Knight, who missed the entire 2017-2018 season and appeared in only 14 games this season due to a torn ACL, has been showing signs of a return to form in his short stint with the Cavs, and it has caught the attention of Cavaliers’ head coach Larry Drew.

“I know what he’s gone through over a period with the injury and trying to come back from it,” Drew said of Knight, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

“I know what he’s capable of doing. I know what type of player he is. He’s a fierce competitor. Not only does he do it from an offensive end, but defensively, he’s a tough kid. That addition in our lineup gives us a little versatility as far as we can move people around. … And I know how bad he wants to get back to the Brandon Knight of old. Certainly if he can get back to that, you guys are going to see a terrific player.”

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