Trail Blazers guard Steve Blake has exercised his player option for the 2015-16 season, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey.
May 24, 2017 | 6:17 am EDT Update
Many around the Knicks organization believe that Carmelo Anthony has played his last game with the franchise, and Jackson has already let it be known that he believes Anthony would be better off elsewhere. With a dearth of small forward talent on the roster and concerns about scoring points without Anthony, it might make sense for the Knicks to look to replace Anthony with a younger wingman who could excel alongside Kristaps Porzingis.
The Orioles’ courtship of their 2014 fourth-round draft pick, pitcher Pat Connaughton, is set to stretch into a third year as the dual-sport athlete considers his future in the NBA. Appearing on MLB Network Radio on Monday, Connaughton, who just finished the second year of a three-year contract with the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers where only the first two years guaranteed, said he’s “not going to unrealistically chase a dream if it appears that dream is getting farther and farther away.”
Recently, Duquette said Connaughton was set to be in Sarasota, Fla., where the team has its spring training complex, for a charity event hosted by college basketball analyst Dick Vitale, and would stop by the facility “and see our people and maybe work out.” Connaughton spent a couple of weeks throwing in Sarasota last summer after his rookie season in the NBA. Vitale’s charity gala was held in Sarasota on May 12.
But the Cavs outscored the Celtics 54-31 in those next 17 minutes and 30 seconds, with Irving making 13-of-16 field goals, including 4-of-6 three-pointers. “Same thing I’ve been saying since I got here – I’ve been saying he’s a special kid. He’s a special talent,” said James, who ended up with 34 points. “As the stakes get higher and higher, his game gets higher and higher. But it was nothing surprising for me. But he rose to the occasion, and he put the team on his back, and we definitely needed that effort from him.”
When Jackson was asked at the draft combine if Porzingis will face any disciplinary action for missing the exit meeting without notification, he was unclear. “I won’t talk about it,’’ Jackson said. “That’ll come out when it does.” According to the players association, no fine has been levied yet by the Knicks.