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Carmelo Anthony ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Of Trade To Rockets By Monday

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is feeling pretty confident that he will finally be traded to the Houston Rockets.

In fact, the All-Star and his camp are “cautiously optimistic” that he will be traded to Houston by Monday, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

“Two weeks ago, Carmelo’s wife, La La, said the family thought a trade would have been completed by now. Mentally, Carmelo and his family have moved on to Houston. Reality is another story” Isola reported.

While Anthony and his camp are feeling confident Isola added that the move is far from a guaranteed one.

“The Knicks under new team president Steve Mills and new general manager Scott Perry are well within their right to wait for the best deal possible before finally sending Carmelo on his way,” Isola said.

“The problem, however, is that Carmelo has limited his trade list to one team, the Rockets. So, unless Houston can find someone to take Ryan Anderson’s contract (he’s owed over $60M over the next three seasons), Carmelo is stuck in limbo.”

Anthony racked up 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last season and would be a dangerous addition to a revamped Rockets lineup.

 

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76ers, Ben Simmons Agree to Contract Extension

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The Philadelphia 76ers and Ben Simmons have agreed to a five-year, $170 million contract, according to Simmons’ agent Rick Paul, via The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The Sixers had extended a max contract offer to Simmons at the start of free agency, so the deal had been on the horizon for a while.

Simmons, 22, has been a franchise cornerstone for the Sixers, and averaged 16.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game for Philadelphia last season.

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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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76ers’ Re-Sign Mike Scott

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The Philadelphia 76ers have re-signed Mike Scott to a two-year, $9.8 million deal, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

“Mike epitomizes what Philadelphia loves – a fierce competitor with a tireless work ethic, who’s driven by the desire to win,” Sixers’ general manager Elton Brand said in a statement. “His toughness, grit and passion are palpable, as the city of Philadelphia has come to know. We are thrilled to have Mike back with the 76ers.”

Scott was a key reserve player for the 76ers last year, averaging 7.8 points per game.

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