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Paul George: ‘I wouldn’t say it’s championship or bust’ in Oklahoma City

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Paul George isn’t looking for a championship as a selling point when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The All-Star forward said Wednesday that what matters to him is being on a team pointed in the right direction.

“I’ve got a lot to think about,” George told ESPN before the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 133-96 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. “This summer will be huge. I’ve got a lot to think about. If we’re trending, if we’re going in the right direction, if I feel there is something that we’re building, and there’s a foundation, it would be kind of clueless, just stupid on my behalf to up and leave.

“I’m very conscious that we’re only together for a year so far, and we continue to go in an upward trend. It’s best to stick with what we have and work on building. So, I wouldn’t say it’s championship or bust, or championship and I’m out. It’s all about building. If I like where we’re building or the level that we’re going at, it would be stupid to walk away from that.”

George’s comments came in response to those made by teammate Russell Westbrook earlier Wednesday. Westbrook, the reigning league MVP, was asked if he needed to make a sales pitch to George to keep him in Oklahoma City.

Source: ESPN

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Sources: Clint Capela Out Four-to-Six Weeks with Ligament Damage in Right Thumb

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With two starters already out with injuries, the Houston Rockets are losing center Clint Capela for four to six weeks with ligament damage to his right thumb, league sources told ESPN.

Capela underwent an MRI in Houston on Monday and may get a second opinion with a hand specialist in the near future, league sources said.

The Rockets anticipate that Capela will miss the remaining 15 games before the All-Star break and return for the Feb. 21 road game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the source told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Mavericks Escalating Trade Talks for Dennis Smith Jr.

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The Dallas Mavericks are escalating discussions to find a trade for point guard Dennis Smith Jr., league sources tell ESPN. Phoenix and Orlando have engaged in ongoing talks with Mavs. Smith Jr., has sat out three straight games with what team has termed a sore back.


Pistons have talked to the Mavs about Dennis Smith Jr., per sources.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski and Mitch Lawrence on Twitter

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Report: NBA Finds No Violation in Cavaliers-McCaw Investigation

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The NBA has cleared the Cleveland Cavaliers of any wrongdoing in their brief alliance with forward Patrick McCaw.

At the urging of the Golden State Warriors, the league investigated Cleveland’s signing of McCaw as a restricted free agent before releasing him. McCaw played two seasons with the defending champions but did not re-sign with them last summer. The Cavs signed him to a two-year, $6 million offer sheet last month that the Warriors chose not to match.

McCaw played in three games for the Cavs and was waived before his contract became guaranteed. He signed with Toronto last week.

The league said Monday it found “no violation of the league’s collective bargaining agreement, including the anti-circumvention rules.”

Source: Tom Withers of the Associated Press via NBA

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