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NBPA Votes Russell Westbrook MVP, Hardest to Guard

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NBA players agree that Russell Westbrook is the Most Valuable Player for the 2016-17 season.

The National Basketball Players Association released the results of the players’ votes for 14 individual awards and Teammate of the Year for 30 teams for the 2016-17 season. Awards were given during the 2017 Players Voice Awards announced via Twitter on Friday.

Oklahoma City’s Westbrook, who was voted MVP by the media in June, also won “Hardest to Guard” and “Best Dressed” by the players.

Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon won Rookie of the Year honors just as he did from the media vote. But the players voted for San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard as “Best Defender” and Lou Williams as “Best Off the Bench.” In the media vote, Golden State’s Draymond Green won Defensive Player of the Year and Houston’s Eric Gordon took Sixth Man of the Year honors.

Players voted San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich as the “Coach You’d Most Like To Play For,” Cleveland’s LeBron James as “Player You Secretly Wish Was On Your Team,” and Vince Carter as “Most Influential Veteran.” Player voting took place at the end of the regular season and did not take into consideration playoff performances.

Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN

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New Orleans Pelicans and Cliff Alexander Agree To Deal

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The New Orleans Pelicans and free agent forward Cliff Alexander have agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, a league source told Basketball Insiders.

The addition of Alexander will give New Orleans 20 players heading into training camp.

Alexander spent last season playing 40 combined games with the Erie Bayhawks and Long Island Nets in the G-League, where he averaged 15.8 points and 8.9 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game. Alexander also shot 52 percent from the field and blocked one shot per game.

The 21-year-old forward was a McDonald’s All-American and won MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic in 2014 before attending Kansas University. Alexander played 28 games as a Jayhawk and averaged 7.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 17.6 minutes per game before declaring for the draft.

After going undrafted, Alexander played in eight games for Portland during the 2015-16 season and received a 10-day contract from the Brooklyn Nets in April.

For more information on the salary cap and roster situation for the New Orleans Pelicans, click here.

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Atlanta Hawks and John Jenkins Agree To Deal

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The Atlanta Hawks and free agent guard John Jenkins have agreed to a training camp deal, a league source told Basketball Insiders.

The addition of Jenkins will give Atlanta 20 players heading into training camp.

Jenkins drew interest from several other teams, including the Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks.

The 26-year-old guard began his career in Atlanta after the Hawks selected him 23rd overall out of Vanderbilt in the 2012 draft. For his career, Jenkins has averaged 5.1 points in 12.8 minutes per game while shooting 45 percent from the field overall and 36 percent from beyond the arc.

For more information on Atlanta’s salary cap and roster situation, click here.

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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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