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Burke: I Have to Shoot My Way Out of Slump

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The second-year point guard watched shot after shot draw iron and bounce away, even feigning like it would fall on occasion before popping out of the rim. By the end of the 105-82 blowout loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Burke had connected on just four of his 12 attempts.

But the young guard believes the only remedy for a slump is the next open look.

“You just got to take those shots. … Obviously my shot hasn’t been falling lately,” he said in the locker room afterward. “But it’s something you have to stay confident with.”

“We just need to stay confident more than anything,” he said. “We started off as a team 0-for-10. A lot of times, you would just get down on yourself. We kept shooting those shots. Those are shots that we can hit. It’s something that you can shoot your way out of. You gotta keep taking those shots if the defense is going to give them to you.”

via Aaron Falk of The Salt Lake Tribune

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Sources: Jimmy Butler Prefers Trade to Clippers, Interested in Knicks, Nets

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After registering a trade request with the Minnesota Timberwolves, All-Star Jimmy Butler is most interested in pursuing a future with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told ESPN.

Butler’s ability to partner on the Clippers with a second star player in a deep summer free agency market holds a strong appeal to Butler, league sources said.

The Clippers have two max contract slots available in July, and are emerging as a front-runner for Toronto’s All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard when he becomes a free agent in July, league sources said.

Butler told Minnesota president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau that he would like to be traded before reporting for Timberwolves media day on Monday and prefers the possibility of the Clippers — as well as the New York Knicks, league sources said. Butler told the Timberwolves that he planned to leave the franchise in free agency next summer, sources said.

The Brooklyn Nets’ ability to sign two max free agents in the summer will keep them in consideration for Butler, but he has prioritized the Clippers and Knicks over them, league sources said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Brandon Knight Had ‘clean up’ Procedure on Left Knee

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On @theathleticnba @watchstadium: Houston’s Brandon Knight underwent surgery on his left knee, considered a “clean up,” and will miss some time, per league sources.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Report: Pelicans Waive Emeka Okafor

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The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has requested waivers on center Emeka Okafor.

Okafor, 6-10, 252, appeared in 26 regular season games last season with New Orleans after signing with the team on February 3, 2018 and finished the season with averages of 4.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.

Source: New Orleans Pelicans

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