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Carmelo Meets With Phil, Reaffirms Commitment to Knicks

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Jackson met with Anthony [on Tuesday] to discuss those comments and his feelings about remaining with the organization for the final two years on his contract. One source described the meeting as far more contentious than previous sit-downs between Jackson and Anthony.

No specific trades were discussed, sources said, as both sides left the meeting to take time to process the situation and wait on Anthony’s answer as to whether he wants to remain with the Knicks or accept a trade elsewhere.

Source: Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN.com

UPDATE: 3:55pm ET

According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, in their meeting, Anthony reaffirmed his desire to remain with the Knicks.

Isola’s account was later confirmed by Adrian Wojnarowski, who points out that Anthony’s no-trade clause makes it improbable that the star is headed elsewhere anytime soon. According to Wojnarowski, the meeting was more “businesslike” than “contentious,” for what it’s worth.

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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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