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Hollins: Garnett Will Get More Playing Time

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(Kevin) Garnett mostly sat out the second half of back-to-backs a season ago, but Nets coach Lionel Hollins has no plans to do so in 2014-15, explaining that it’s something Hollins never has done unless it was near the tail end of the regular season leading into the playoffs.

Hollins also has said that Garnett’s minutes, which dipped to a career-low average of 20.5 last season, are certain to increase during the future Hall of Famer’s second season in Brooklyn. That’s fine with Garnett.

“It’s all good,” said Garnett, who missed 19 games battling back spasms a season ago and will earn $12 million this season in the final year of his contract. “We are not predicated to anything. I think what he’s saying is he wants me out there. Times where I need the rest, I think he will provide it for me. But we are not going to preset anything. We are going to go through this thing as if we never went through last year, as if I’m still playing for Doc [Rivers] or Flip [Saunders] or whoever. I prepared myself for it mentally and I’m ready for it.”

via Roderick Boone of Newsday

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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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