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Kristaps Porzingis: ‘I believe’ I Can Be Best in NBA

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Less than a week after Enes Kanter lobbied for Kristaps Porzingis to be in the MVP conversation, ex-Knicks center Tyson Chandler said Friday he believes the 7-foot-3 Latvian has a chance to be the game’s best player.

The compliments are pouring in for Porzingis after he’s weaved the best scoring start to a season in Knicks’ history. Never the modest type, Porzingis doesn’t disagree with Chandler, but he does disagree with those who think a lottery berth is the better result this season.

Chandler made his remarks after the Knicks (4-4) routed the Suns at the Garden.

“Those are some big words coming from him,’’ Porzingis said after practice Saturday. “I believe so, too. And that’s something I’m going to work towards.”

Porzingis sat out the practice with a sore left ankle but is expected to suit up Sunday when he brings his unicorn act to face the Pacers. Porzingis is averaging 29.0 points – tied for third in the NBA. He has scored 30 or more points in six of the Knicks’ first eight games and is the main reason they are overachieving as a .500 club.

Source: Marc Berman of the New York Post

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2018 Free Agency Diary

RFA Montrezl Harrell Stays with Clippers on 2-Year Deal

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Restricted free-agent center Montrezl Harrell has agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract to return to the LA Clippers, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN. Harrell’s deal is fully guaranteed, sources said.

Harrell, 24, joined the Clippers as part of the Chris Paul trade with the Houston Rockets last season and made an imprint with his rebounding and defense. Harrell averaged 11 points and 4 rebounds in 17 minutes per game for the Clippers.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Free-Agent Center Alex Len Agrees to Deal with Hawks

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Free-agent center Alex Len has agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Yahoo Sports first reported the deal. Len averaged 8.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Suns last season. The 25-year-old was taken fifth overall by Phoenix in the 2013 draft. He’s averaged 7.2 points and 6.5 rebounds in his career.

Source: ESPN

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2018 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Kings, Nemanja Bjelica Agree to Deal

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Forward Nemanja Bjelica has agreed to a three-year, $20.5M deal with the Sacramento Kings, league sources tell Yahoo. Third year will be non-guaranteed.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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