It’s been rumored for a few months now that the Knicks are going to move Carmelo Anthony and most would assume that the Rockets end up being the team that he will end up playing for this upcoming season, although Jason McIntyre of Fox Sports and the Big Lead had an interesting tweet that made it sound like if the Knicks are unable to figure out a trade to the Rockets, the Blazers could be the new trade partner and that Anthony would be willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to Portland just so he can get out of New York. Stay tuned for more news on a potential Carmelo Anthony trade this weekend as training camp begins on Monday.
The NBA has changed how calls can be made on closeouts where the defensive player doesn’t give the jumpshooter a place to land. Officials now have the ability to go to replay and hand out a flagrant or technical foul as they see fit. The other change to how officials will make calls has to do with continuation. An emphasis is being placed on making sure that shooters are actually in their upward motion of shooting and that players aren’t milking continuation.
Aaron Brooks has signed a deal with the Timberwolves to finalize their training camp roster according to Jerry Zgoda’s Twitter account. Over the course of his 9-year NBA career Brooks is averaging 10.1 points per game, so if he is able to make the final roster for the Timberwolves he could be a nice point guard for them coming off the bench.
Cavs’ Larry Drew Discusses Brandon Knight’s Play of Late
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.”
Raptors’ Fred VanVleet Expected To Miss At Least Three Weeks
Toronto Raptors Fred VanVleet is expected to be sidelined at least three weeks after he suffered a partial ligament injury in his left thumb, according to an official team announcement.
VanVleet will wear a splint on the thumb for around 3 weeks before he will have it removed to be re-evaluated.
The Atlanta Hawks are expected to reach a buyout with point guard Jeremy Lin, who is expected to then sign with Toronto.
Wizards’ Bradley Beal Optimistic About Team’s Direction
The Washington Wizards are enduring what some would call a nightmarish season, and it may seem like they are on the verge of blowing it all up, but superstar Bradley Beal is encouraged following his meeting with team owner Ted Leonis recently.
“It went really well. I’d personally rather not talk about what we talked about, but it went really well” Beal said of the meeting, according to the Washington Times’ Matthew Paras.
“It was pretty much just talking about what we’re going to do moving forward.”
Washington will have to make some moves this offseason to give Beal some help, and compensate for the loss of John Wall, who is expected to be sidelined for a year.
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