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Sources: Lakers, Carmelo Anthony, Pause Contract Talks

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The Los Angeles Lakers and free agent Carmelo Anthony are pausing talks on a possible contract agreement unless the franchise makes a turn back toward pursuit of Western Conference playoffs contention, league sources told ESPN.

The Lakers had been leaning toward signing Anthony for the rest of the season — until losses in four of the past five games left the organization and Anthony’s camp wondering if it made sense to bring the veteran into an unsettled environment with suddenly so little chance of making the playoffs, league sources said.

Anthony, a 10-time All-Star, had been hoping to find a new team that would provide a positive conclusion to his season after an abrupt stay with the Houston Rockets.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Nikola Vucevic Out at least Four Weeks with Right Ankle Injury

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Orlando Magic All-Star center Nikola Vucevic will miss a minimum of four weeks with right ankle injury, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: 76ers Never Offered Jimmy Butler Max Contract

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But on June 30, there was no five-year maximum offer for [Jimmy] Butler, multiple sources say. Perhaps the Sixers pivoted after learning of [Al] Horford’s interest in joining. Perhaps they were concerned about tension between Butler and some within the team, including on the coaching staff. Maybe those two things were interrelated. Like every team chasing Butler, they probably wondered how he would age.

Source: Zach Lowe of ESPN

 

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Report: Trail Blazers Waive Pau Gasol

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Portland has waived F/C Pau Gasol, per Gasol. He’s been unable to successfully rehab left foot following surgery. Blazers had protections in 1-year deal. Gasol, Blazers working on details of coaching role as future HOFer remains in Portland to rehab.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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