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Carmelo Anthony: Joakim Pushes us to be Better

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Carmelo Anthony has played against Joakim Noah for nine seasons, so he knows him fairly well. But playing alongside Noah for the first time gave Anthony some new perspective.

“He brings a different dynamic to the court,” Anthony said after Noah’s first practice with the New York Knicks. “Mentally, he pushes you; he forces you to compete at a high level every time on the basketball court. Everybody. Whether you’re the 14th, 15th man on the team, or myself, or Derrick [Rose] or anybody else. “Like, he pushes you to go out there and compete every play. If not, you’re going to hear about. I think that’s something we’ve been missing, this team needed, this organization needed and I like it. We like it.”

Source: Ian Begley of ESPN

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2018 NBA Draft Diary

76ers Considered Trading Markelle Fultz To Move Up In Draft

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The Philadelphia 76ers had internal discussions about packaging the No. 10 and 26 picks, along with former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, to move into the top five, league sources told The Athletic.

The target was Porter during these discussions. However, that thinking dampened with Porter’s back remaining a major question mark. If JJ Redick leaves in free agency, Fultz is the favorite to start at shooting guard.

Source: Michael Scotto of The Athletic

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2018 NBA Draft Diary

Sources: Dwight Howard, Nets to Negotiate Buyout

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Dwight Howard and Brooklyn will negotiate a buyout to enter free-agency, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

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Karl-Anthony Towns Has Not Asked For A Trade

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[Tom] Thibodeau and [Karl-Anthony] Towns have spoken on the phone this offseason, league sources told The Athletic, and there is expected to be more substantive dialogue in the coming weeks when Towns returns from his travels.

According to several people familiar with the situation, there has not been an impasse between the two. Towns has not asked for a trade and the Wolves are not considering trading him. As contract extension talks kick off for Towns this summer, the communication only figures to increase.

Source: Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic

 

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