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The Knicks have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The pick headed to New York is the Bulls 2018 second-rounder. The Knicks are obviously giving up the best player in the deal without getting back anything close to equal value, but their leverage was limited by the fact that Melo had a no-trade clause. It will be fascinating to see how Anthony fits in alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George in OKC. All three players finished within the top-20 overall in Usage Rate last season and will now be forced to make sacrifices on the offensive end. Melo won't be able to match the numbers he posted as the focal point in New York.
Sep 23 - 1:09 PM

The Knicks hope to complete a trade sending Carmelo Anthony to either OKC or Cleveland by Monday, according to NBA reporter David Aldridge.

A deal with OKC would almost certainly include Enes Kanter to make the salaries match. Regarding a possible trade with the Cavs, the Knicks reportedly want Tristan Thompson but Cleveland has not been willing to include him in the deal. Aldridge also notes that Portland has tried to engage in trade talks, but "the Knicks have not been interested in the Blazers’ offers, which have included young vets like Maurice Harkless and Evan Turner." Stay tuned, as we may finally have a resolution to the melodrama this weekend.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 23 - 11:06 AM

The Knicks have been informed that Oklahoma City is one of the other teams Carmelo Anthony has included on his list for a possible trade, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.com.

For now, it sounds like we have OKC, the Cavs and the Rockets as possible trade partners. The Blazers are reportedly not on the list, but those two teams make a lot of sense as trade partners -- it's up to Melo, of course. With media day coming up on Monday, we could see an Anthony trade this weekend. Of course, we've been expecting a Melo deal since July, so it could still be a while.
Sep 22 - 10:52 PM

Updating a previous item, Russell Westbrook's PRP treatment was to his left knee.

General manager Sam Presti misspoke earlier today, but it's a noteworthy slip-up for one of the league's best GMs. This is important to note because Westbrook's right knee had three procedures, so this is slightly good news on that front. Still, PRP treatment this close to the season is something to watch, especially if you're investing a top-five pick on him. Fantasy owners may not want to be too aggressive until we see him on the court.
Sep 22 - 10:26 PM

Carmelo Anthony has told the Knicks an expanded list of teams with which he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

Woj adds that Cleveland is on that list of teams, and he reports the Knicks are insisting they can't make a trade with the Rockets -- that's Melo's primary trade destination. Sam Amick of USA Today, one of the best reporters in the business, adds the Knicks haven't been told the Blazers are on the list of teams. Anthony is expected to report to media day on Monday, but the Knicks may want to avoid that situation and do all they can to get a deal done before that.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 10:10 PM

Thunder GM Sam Presti said that Russell Westbrook had a PRP injection in his right knee and will miss the first few days of training camp but that it's "nothing serious."

Obviously not the news you want to hear regarding the league's reigning MVP, but Presti and company clearly don't seem concerned with what they deem a minor procedure. Westbrook tore the meniscus in his right knee back in 2013, but Presti stated that the PRP injection has nothing to do with any past injuries. This is something we'll keep a close eye on over the next couple of weeks, but hopefully, Westbrook can show in the preseason that he isn't limited and will be ready to roll once the regular season tips off.
Sep 22 - 12:25 PM

Knicks president Steve Mills said that he expects Carmelo Anthony to be with the team on Monday for Media Day and Tuesday for the start of training camp.

Both Melo and the Knicks organization would prefer to part ways, but Anthony has a no-trade clause and the team is not willing to take back an unfavorable contract in any deal. Thus, it appears that Melo will start the season in New York. The persistent rumors may calm down a bit now that training camp is upon us. Anthony averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.0 3-pointers last season. Expect him to post similar numbers for the Knicks in 2017-18.
Sep 22 - 10:25 AM

Carmelo Anthony's camp is reportedly "cautiously optimistic" that the Knicks and Rockets will be able to come to terms on a deal by Monday.

New York will open up media day on Monday and Anthony is hoping that he'll no longer be sporting a Knicks' jersey when that happens, but to this point, it seems that New York and Houston have not made much progress on trade talks. The Rockets are reportedly unwilling to include Trevor Ariza in any deal for Melo, and the Knicks are uninterested in taking on Ryan Anderson's contract, so it looks like New York will need to find a third team to help facilitate this trade, a proposition that is easier said than done.
Sep 20 - 12:56 PM

Patrick Patterson's rehab following knee surgery has been "progressing well," according to a Thunder official.

Patterson had an arthroscopic scope his left knee on Aug. 10. The Thunder termed the procedure "proactive" and said there was no structural damage to the knee. At the time, it was announced that he would be reevaluated 4-6 weeks after the surgery. However, according to the report in The Oklahoman, there is no update on a timetable for his return. We should get a complete update at OKC's media day next Monday.
Source: Oklahoman
Sep 19 - 12:14 PM

According to OKC beat writer Brett Dawson, Alex Abrines (knee) is progressing toward a return to the court.

Abrines injured his knee in Spain's first EuroBasket game, back on September 7th. He's had issues with both knees over the past few years and had platelet-rich plasma injections in his right knee in May. Abrines is back in OKC after sitting out the FIBA tournament, but it is currently unknown if he'll be ready for the start of training camp next week. However, with Paul George now in the mix, Abrines has very limited fantasy value even if he is fully healthy.
Source: Oklahoman
Sep 19 - 12:07 PM

Paul George said he's "going for" the MVP award in 2017-18.

Context is important here and he was asked about the award, and this wouldn't be the first time a player has said he wants to win MVP -- it won't be the last either. Quote aside, it's going to be a tall order for PG-13 to contend for MVP as he joins Russell Westbrook, who just set the record for usage rate in his MVP campaign. George is a fantasy target at the end of the second round or early in the third.
Source: NBA TV
Sep 15 - 10:42 PM

Damian Lillard said he doesn't see Carmelo Anthony joining the Blazers via trade despite his recruiting efforts.

"I’m not giving up on anything," Lillard said. "I just think I’ve done what I can do. And camp is a few weeks away. And you have to focus on getting ready with who we are, plan on going in as we are. Whatever changes, the front office will be the ones making that change, with the Knicks and our front office or whatever." With training camp just a few weeks away, Melo is still only willing to waive his no-trade clause to join the Rockets. For now, expect Melo to open the season as a Knick.
Sep 11 - 10:10 AM

Semaj Christon's $1.3 million salary for the 2017-18 season becomes guaranteed if he isn't waived before October 15th.

The Thunder signed Raymond Felton in July, which means Christon is a distant third on the PG depth chart. Christon struggled mightily with his shot last season, shooting 34.5 percent from the floor, including just 19.0 from 3-point territory, and 54.8 percent from the free-throw line. Per the Oklahoman, his 3-point percentage was last among 291 players who took at least 50 3-pointers last season. Christon is not on the fantasy radar.
Source: Oklahoman
Sep 8 - 10:18 AM

Alex Abrines (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of the Eurobasket tournament.

He suffered a knee injury in Spain's first game vs. Montenegro, but there's no word on the severity. According to the report, this was a mutual decision by the Thunder and the Spanish National Team. Abrines has a few weeks to heal up before the Thunder open training camp, but his outlook this season isn't great with Paul George and Andre Roberson ahead of him on the wings.
Source: Marca.com
Sep 7 - 11:38 AM

Pacers owner Herb Simon said the Pacers are not considering any legal action toward the NBA or the Lakers regarding the recent decision and penalty concerning tampering charges.

"We agree with the NBA’s findings and we want to put this issue behind us," Simon said in a statement. "Even though the Pacers were put in a tough position, we feel extremely fortunate to end up with two exceptional players in Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis." The Lakers will be after Paul George in a big way next summer, but don't expect many public statements in the next 10 months.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 6 - 4:21 PM


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