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NBA Changes Rules on Off the Ball Fouls

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The NBA is taking a step toward trying to reduce the “hack-a” strategy on poor free throw shooting players. The NBA’s board of governors approved rules changes for the 2016-17 season that apply to deliberate fouls that occur away from plays.

With the rhythm and flow of some games bogged down by teams using strategy to foul poor free throw shooters like the Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan and the Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond, the NBA has decided to extend the current rule for away-from-the-play fouls applicable to the final two minutes of the fourth quarter and any overtime to the last two minutes of each period.

Source: Ohm Youngmisuk 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.

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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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