“Everybody knows the assets that we have and the young players that we have,” Ainge added in another part of the chat. “So I think that’s the challenge. In any conversation we have the price is a lot because of what we have in the bank. So I think that’s the challenge we’re facing. And we’re trying to stick to our plan. If a deal comes along where the price to add someone to the team who is more long-term as opposed to someone who is just the last 25 games of the season, we have more interest in that than we do in finding a Band-Aid.”
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The Hornets don’t have that now. They know it on some level. They made initial inquiries with Chicago about Jimmy Butler last spring, but found the Bulls had no interest in anything they had, according to several league sources.
Anthony’s return to New York shouldn’t produce the same emotions from fans because both sides shared a mutual disdain for former team president Phil Jackson and understood that the relationship had simply run its course. Plus, unlike George, Anthony didn’t leave just as he entered his prime but rather just as he was exiting it. “At the end of the day, it’s business to me. But I’d be lying if I said I’m not ecstatic to be going back and playing there,” Anthony said. “Like I said, I got a different feeling with New York. A different relationship, different bond with the city, with the fans, with the people. It’s a little bit special for me.”
Asked what he appreciates most about Ball, James said, “Him? It’s always team. He passes the ball. Pushes the ball up the floor. Someone you want to play with. This is a team game. Everyone gets so caught up in this whole individual thing and the whole team game gets overlooked, but then, I’m not going to go there.”
Towns’ 30-point, 14-rebound, five-assist, five-block night guided to the season’s second-largest margin of victory. He did so on a night when the Wolves outscored the perpetually rebuilding Kings 31-16 in the third quarter and led by as many as 27 points late in that quarter. “I didn’t come to play basketball tonight,” Towns said. “I came to be an assassin.”
J.R. Smith said he wore a “Supreme” shooting sleeve on his left arm Thursday because “I thought it looked dope and matched our uniforms.” Washington’s Kelly Oubre Jr. wore one on his leg but team trainers told him to take it off at halftime because of league uniform rules. Smith said he didn’t know Oubre had to take his off, and said no one with the Cavs told him to do the same. Smith said he didn’t know if he’d be fined by the NBA.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Source: PHI, PNX, LAC, ORL, DAL, NOLA, WAS and more, were in Madrid to witness Luka Doncic cross the life out of ex-POR forward Victor Claver. NBA official: “This kid has the package, bro. He’s special. Don’t pass on him.” pic.twitter.com/sbeYQPRAe1