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Former GM King Feels He Could’ve Turned Nets Around

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In his first interview since being dumped as Nets GM in January, Billy King tells two NBA beat writers he thinks he could have turned things around if he had been permitted to stay on, but says he does not “begrudge” ownership for wanting a “different voice” in shaping the team.  Still, he admits to “bitter fieelings”

Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News and Vincent Goodwill of the Comcast Sports Net in Chicago devoted most of the interview, conducted last week, to a discussion of how to increase African-Americans in NBA front offices, but at the end of the 40-minute discussion asked King about his departure from the Nets, billed at the time as a “reassignment.”

King then reflected on his job with the Nets. “I know some of the mistakes that were made here and I i thought I could have turned it around but ownership … that’s their prerogative, [but] you still spent time trying to figure out what’s next.”

Source: Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News and Vincent Goodwill of the Comcast Sports Net

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REPORT: Carmelo Anthony Traded To Thunder

The Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder have reached an agreement that would send Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder in exchange for center Enes Kanter, sharp-shooter Doug McDermont and a 2018 second-round pick via Chicago.

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After months of back and forth, the New York Knicks have finally found a trade that both the team and forward Carmelo Anthony would agree to.
According to reports, the Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder have reached an agreement that would send Anthony to the Thunder in exchange for center Enes Kanter, sharp-shooter Doug McDermont and a 2018 second-round pick via Chicago.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski‏ is reporting the deal is complete and will be official pending a Trade Call with the NBA on Monday.

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Carmelo Anthony Expands List of Trade Destinations

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Carmelo Anthony has widened his list of teams to which he’d accept a trade, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Thunder GM Presti: ‘Tremendous Appreciation’ for KD

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In the wake of Kevin Durant’s deleted tweets that slammed his former team and coach, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti responded on Friday by taking the high road and praising Durant’s time with the franchise.

“I, and no one from the Thunder, has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant,” Presti said. “I think we’ve been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don’t think there’s anything more to say other than that.”

Source: Royce Young of ESPN

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