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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: Hawks Trade Allen Crabbe to Timberwolves for Jeff Teague

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Atlanta has traded guard Allen Crabbe to Minnesota for PG Jeff Teague and Treveon Graham, league sources tell ESPN. Hawks get a backup for Trae Young.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Sources: Multiple Teams Interested in Robert Covington

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Rival teams also say the market for forward Robert Covington has been heating up over recent days. Covington has become a coveted player, with his defensive prowess and outside shooting an ideal fit for most teams in the playoff hunt. Houston, Dallas and Philadelphia are among the teams that have expressed interest in him, but Minnesota is expected to drive a hard bargain, league sources said.

Source: Jon Krawczynski and Shams Charania of The Athletic

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Sources: Hawks No Longer Pursuing Andre Drummond, Interested in Steven Adams

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The Atlanta Hawks are no longer engaging with the Detroit Pistons on a trade that would have landed them All-Star big man Andre Drummond, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

If the Hawks don’t address their center need by the Feb. 6 trade deadline, Drummond is expected to be one of their top targets in free agency, sources said.

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams is also on the Hawks’ radar and talks could potentially pick up steam as the deadline looms, sources said.

Source: Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports

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