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Thunder’s Carmelo Anthony Says Phil Jackson Was Willing To Trade Him For ‘A bag of chips’

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Now that Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony is settled in his new home, with his new team, he can reflect on his time with the New York Knicks and share some details about the ins-and-outs of the never-ending trade rumors that followed him for the past few years.

Anthony recalls the breaking down of his relationship of former Knicks’ boss Phil Jackson.

“When I signed back with the Knicks, I wanted to be in New York and I believed in Phil,’’ Anthony said regarding his $125 million contract, with a no-trade clause, that he agreed to with Jackson back in the summer of 2014, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

“Then last year it went to: I was being pushed out. There were things being said about me that I didn’t know where they were coming from. And I still had to go in that gym and play and practice and deal with the media, answer all those questions every day.”

Jackson had tried to deal Anthony, but nothing materialized and the tension between the two continued to dissolve.

“There was no support from the organization,” Anthony said. “When you feel like you’re on your own and then on top of that you feel like you’re being pushed out…”

“I think at that point it was too far gone,” Anthony continued. “I already had in my mind that I wanted to win, that I wanted to move on. We didn’t think it would take as long as it did, but my mind was already made up.”

Anthony stated that Jackson was willing “to trade me for a bag of chips,” while Scott Perry, the Knicks new general manager was more calculated and shrewd with his dealings.

“They went from asking for peanuts to asking for steak,” Anthony joked.

Chicago Bulls

Bulls Pulling Jabari Parker from Regular Rotation

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It appears that the Chicago Bulls are souring on Jabari Parker, who will reportedly be pulled from the regular rotation, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews.

The 23-year old Parker came to Chicago via a two-year, $40 million deal during the offseason, and marked a return to his hometown and a chance to re-ignite his career.

Now, it appears certain that the Bulls will decline his option, sending Parker back to free agency next summer.

“Jabari has been great,” Bulls head coach Jim Boylen said, according to Andrews. “He understands. Jabari wants to make it about helping the team win. And that’s what I’ve asked him to do.”

Parker has averaged 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds for Chicago this season.

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Detroit Pistons

Pistons Interested in 76ers’ Markelle Fultz

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The Detroit Pistons may be in the market for a point guard and are apparently eyeing struggling Philadelpha 76ers’ point guard Markelle Fultz, according to The Detroit Free Press’ Vince Ellis.

Detroit is reportedly eyeing a young point guard in preparation for the potential departure of Reggie Jackson via free agency following next season.

The report pointed out that in order to take on Fultz, the Pistons would have to move money around to avoid the luxury tax.

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Cleveland Cavaliers

Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Out 2-4 Weeks

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without center Tristan Thompson for two-to-four weeks with a sprained left foot, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Thompson exited Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter after he landed awkwardly on the foot of Bucks’ guard Malcolm Brogdon.

Thompson, 27, is averaging 12 points and 11.6 rebounds per game this season for Cleveland.

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