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Boeheim: International Play Best Fit for Carmelo Anthony

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As ridiculous as it sounds when describing a nine-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer, Carmelo Anthony has a game that may be more suited to the Olympics than the NBA. Even his college coach, Jim Boeheim, agrees with that opinion.

“He’s probably even a little better international player,” said Boeheim, a USA Basketball assistant coach.

Anthony averaged 13.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 18.4 minutes while shooting 44.6 percent from the three-point line and 53.7 percent overall in 16 Olympics games in 2008 and 2012. Most memorably, he nailed 10-of-12 threes en route to scoring 37 points in just 14 minutes against Nigeria in 2012.

According to Boeheim, the international game plays to Anthony’s strengths because it’s more offensively oriented. There are fewer shot blockers around the basket, so Anthony can finish at the hoop. The three-point line is closer.

Source: Jeff Fedotin of The Post Game

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Knicks, OKC Come to Agreement on Deal for Melo

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The New York Knicks have agreed to trade 10-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told ESPN on Saturday.

The Thunder will send center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick (via the Chicago Bulls) to New York, league sources said. Anthony, 33, will waive his no-trade clause and his $8.1 million trade kicker to accommodate the deal, league sources told ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Trey Burke to Change Course, Remain Free Agent

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Update: [Trey] Burke has changed course on deal with OKC and will remain a free agent, league sources say.

Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical on Twitter

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Enes Kanter After Being Traded:’Beat the Warriors For Me’

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Shortly after learning he was being traded from Oklahoma City to the New York Knicks, center Enes Kanter posted a video thanking the Thunder organization, its fans and the city, and imploring the team to beat the Golden State Warriors.

“Please beat the Warriors for me,” Kanter said in a heartfelt goodbye video posted to his Instagram account Saturday afternoon. “Please, I’m gonna be watching that game, so please beat the Warriors for me.” Kanter is set to be traded to New York as part of a deal that will send 10-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder, sources told ESPN.

Source: SN Staff on ESPN

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