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Mark Cuban Chides Monta Ellis Critics

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But (Monta) Ellis, a man who has admitted that the waves of criticism of his game fueled his fire, wasn’t about to boast after by far his best playoff performance. He didn’t see his career playoff-high 29-point performance in the Dallas Mavericks’ sensational 109-108 Game 3 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday as the time for told-you-so talk.

His billionaire boss sure did.

“Boy, Monta has really made everybody look smart that said it was a dumb signing,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban said, sarcasm dripping with the beads of sweat after the wild celebration at the American Airlines Center set off by Vince Carter’s game-winning buzzer-beater. “He was just the worst signing of the summer. You know, he’s just not efficient in the playoffs, not efficient in the regular season.”

via Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas

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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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