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Carmelo: Westbrook, Paul George Key in OKC Decision

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Hours after he was officially traded to the Thunder, Carmelo Anthony took part in the team’s media day and said the opportunity to play with Russell Westbrook and Paul George was a significant reason he elected to waive his no-trade clause.

“Russ don’t really do the convincing,” Anthony said Monday, with a laugh. “He came to New York and played pickup at my gym. I saw him in Paris at fashion week. Me and Russ became closer and closer over the years. He was a big part, he was a big reason why I wanted to come here. To see his loyalty to the city, to this organization, what he was able to do on the court — I wanted to be a part of that. “Adding PG was just another reason why I wanted to come here,” Anthony continued.

Source: Royce Young of ESPN

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Sources: Pacers, Myles Turner Agree to Four-Year Extension

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Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner has agreed to a four-year, $80 million contract extension.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Cavaliers, Larry Nance Jr. Agree to Four-Year Extension

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Larry Nance has reached a four-year, $45 million extension with Cleveland, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

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Sources: Clippers, Pelicans Swap Wes Johnson, Alexis Ajinca

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The Clippers have traded Wes Johnson to the Pelicans for Alexis Ajinca, per league sources. @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium

New Orleans is acquiring Clippers forward Wesley Johnson in a trade for center Alexis Ajinca, league sources tell ESPN. Clippers will waive Ajinca and guard Juwan Evans to get to 15 for opening night.

Source: Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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