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Kendrick Perkins, Rudy Gay Trade Insults

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Earlier this season, before a win over the then 5-1 Kings, Kendrick Perkins was caught by cameras in a pregame huddle derogatorily telling his teammates: “These (expletives) are still the Sacramento Kings.”

With a rematch coming Tuesday in Sacramento, Kings guard Rudy Gay was asked about the clip that made its way across the Internet. He had some words for Perkins.

“He might as well play with his face painted. He’s a clown to me,” Gay told the Sactown Royalty blog.

Before Sunday’s game against the Suns, Perkins gladly fired back.

“I’d rather be a clown than to be a virus,” Perkins said of Gay, who has been traded twice in the past few seasons. “At least with paint on my face I could wash the paint off. A virus get in your bloodstream. You can’t get rid of that. That’s what I got to say about it.”

via Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman

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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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