Shams Charania: Free agent George Hill has reached agreement on a three-year, $57M deal with the Sacramento Kings, league sources tell The Vertical.
October 18, 2017 | 9:56 am EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Chicago’s Bobby Portis has call set with NBA in New York today to discuss punch thrown at teammate Nikola Mirotic, league sources tell ESPN.
In an interview with The New York Times this week, during a break from preparations for his Thunder debut, Anthony revealed that he needed one more nudge before telling the Knicks last month that, yes, he was prepared to be traded to Oklahoma City. “My son said he wanted me to play for O.K.C.,” Anthony said. “Even before O.K.C. was in the picture.’’
“When I signed back with the Knicks, I wanted to be in New York and I believed in Phil,’’ Anthony added in reference to the $125 million contract with the no-trade clause that he agreed to with Jackson in July 2014, a deal that kept him from departing as a free agent.
“Then last year it went to: I was being pushed out. There were things being said about me that I didn’t know where they were coming from. And I still had to go in that gym and play and practice and deal with the media, answer all those questions every day.” Asked how many times he and Jackson spoke face to face last season, Anthony said, “Maybe twice.” “There was no support from the organization,” he said. “When you feel like you’re on your own and then on top of that you feel like you’re being pushed out …”
The delay to find a workable trade, in Anthony’s view, stemmed from the fact that Jackson was willing “to trade me for a bag of chips,” while Scott Perry, who became the Knicks’ new general manager after Jackson’s departure, took a harder line in trade talks with Houston and Cleveland that eventually fizzled. “They went from asking for peanuts to asking for steak,” Anthony said with a laugh.
There were only six players left on the court a few minutes after Timberwolves practice ended on Oct. 10. Players were quick to leave the facility the day after landing back in Minneapolis after a 16-hour return trip from China that completed an 18-day trip to open training camp. But those six who stayed on the court refused to leave. They went on to play a series of one-on-one contests that lasted more than an hour. There was Melo Trimble, Amile Jefferson, Anthony Brown and Marcus Georges-Hunt — four young guys with no guarantee of making Minnesota’s 15-man roster, all trying to get in any extra work possible and maybe make a good impression on the right person in hopes of earning a roster spot. The fifth player was ageless veteran Jamal Crawford. The sixth? Jimmy Butler, the Wolves’ new All-NBA wing, one of the best two-way players in the world, whom Minnesota acquired via a draft-night trade with Chicago this summer.
“I’ll go hit the gym tonight,” Butler said after that Oct. 10 practice. “I love this. Damn. I’m so fortunate and happy that I get to play basketball every day. And I don’t know what else to do, like it’s crazy. I’m up there with (Thibodeau). He just don’t leave the office. I leave the office, but I go home and work. I’ve got weights at the house, we got a gym right there. I’m working. I’m on you, Thibs, I’m on your tail.”