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Olson: Warriors Will Be Tempting for Kerr

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The source indicated it’s a two-team race between the Knicks and Warriors for Kerr.

Lute Olson, Kerr’s coach at Arizona, remains close to him and said they talk on a regular basis. Olson believes Kerr will have a tough choice to make. “Steve’s daughter [Maddy] is at [Cal-Berkeley],” Olson said by phone Wednesday. “She’s a [volleyball] star. I’m sure that’s tugging at him a little bit. I don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s going to happen pretty quickly.”

Kerr had been expected to decide this week, and all signs pointed to joining the Knicks. But the Warriors’ vacancy could delay things if not change them. Golden State has a better roster than the Knicks, and owner Joe Lacob is fond of Kerr. Team president Rick Welts hired Kerr as Suns president and GM in 2007.

via Al Iannazzone and Barbara Barker of Newsday

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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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