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Nets’ GM Wants to Hire a Coach He Already Knows

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(Sean) Marks said he wouldn’t rule out any names from a coaching search that has been linked with Jeff Van Gundy, Tom Thibodeau, David Blatt and Ettore Messina.

Marks said he would want a coach he at least had some relationship with, to ensure the team-wide alignment.

“Not necessarily worked with before, [but] I will have known the guy. It won’t be, ‘Hey, I heard he’s good.’ There’s some I coached with, been coached by, or been part of a system they’ve been a part of too,’’ Marks said. “There will be some common bond, for sure.’’

Source: Brian Lewis of the New York Post

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Carmelo Anthony Expands List of Trade Destinations

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Carmelo Anthony has widened his list of teams to which he’d accept a trade, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Thunder GM Presti: ‘Tremendous Appreciation’ for KD

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In the wake of Kevin Durant’s deleted tweets that slammed his former team and coach, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti responded on Friday by taking the high road and praising Durant’s time with the franchise.

“I, and no one from the Thunder, has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant,” Presti said. “I think we’ve been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don’t think there’s anything more to say other than that.”

Source: Royce Young of ESPN

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Sources: Suns’ Alan Williams Suffers Partially Torn Meniscus

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Phoenix Suns forward Alan Williams has suffered a partially torn meniscus, an initial evaluation reveals, league sources tell ESPN.

Williams is getting a second opinion on Saturday and is also expected to undergo an MRI, sources say.

Source: Chris Haynes and Marc Spears of ESPN

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