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Kyrie Irving on Cavs Skid: ‘Need to Demand More of Self’

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After the Cleveland Cavaliers were blown out Monday night in San Antonio, Kyrie Irving was so frustrated by his performance that the only thing he could think of to do was go back onto the court and shoot.

“I had to face it, had to face the music,” Irving said Wednesday after the Cavaliers practiced in Chicago ahead of a game against the Bulls on Thursday. “I think we all had to do it. But me more importantly, I had to look in the mirror and just wasn’t doing enough. I need to demand more out of myself and do it at a high level.” Irving tied a career-worst plus-minus rating of minus-29 as he scored just eight points on 4-of-13 shooting against the Spurs.

Source: Ramona Shelburne of ESPN

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Knicks, OKC Come to Agreement on Deal for Melo

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The New York Knicks have agreed to trade 10-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told ESPN on Saturday.

The Thunder will send center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick (via the Chicago Bulls) to New York, league sources said. Anthony, 33, will waive his no-trade clause and his $8.1 million trade kicker to accommodate the deal, league sources told ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Trey Burke to Change Course, Remain Free Agent

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Update: [Trey] Burke has changed course on deal with OKC and will remain a free agent, league sources say.

Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical on Twitter

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Enes Kanter After Being Traded:’Beat the Warriors For Me’

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Shortly after learning he was being traded from Oklahoma City to the New York Knicks, center Enes Kanter posted a video thanking the Thunder organization, its fans and the city, and imploring the team to beat the Golden State Warriors.

“Please beat the Warriors for me,” Kanter said in a heartfelt goodbye video posted to his Instagram account Saturday afternoon. “Please, I’m gonna be watching that game, so please beat the Warriors for me.” Kanter is set to be traded to New York as part of a deal that will send 10-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder, sources told ESPN.

Source: SN Staff on ESPN

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