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Carmelo Anthony Becomes 21st Player Ever to Score 25,000 Career Points

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony became the 21st player in NBA history to reach 25,000 points in Saturday’s 121-108 win over the Detroit Pistons. He is one of three active players who have reached the mark.

Anthony entered Saturday against the Pistons needing 17 points to reach 25,000. After making two free throws with 8:30 left in the third quarter, he hit and passed the mark to join Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James as current players with at least that many career points. Anthony became the 25th player in the NBA and ABA combined to reach the milestone.

“It’s a very, very special, special moment. To try to downplay it, it’s a special moment,” Anthony said. “To kind of know what it took to get to this point and the amount of work that was put in to get to this point, the teammates that I’ve played with over the years, and for me to still be at a point in my career where I still have a lot more to go.”

Anthony, who was taken with the No. 3 pick in the 2003 draft by Denver, has played for the Nuggets, New York Knicks and Thunder during his career. He has scored 13,970 points for the Nuggets, 10,186 points for the Knicks and 845 for Oklahoma City this season when he hit 25,000.

The 33-year-old reached the milestone against the Pistons, the team that passed on him with the No. 2 pick in the 2003 draft in favor of Darko Milicic after James went No. 1 to Cleveland.

Source: Michael Rothstein of ESPN

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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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