After talks with team officials on Sunday, China star Yi Jianlian has asked the Los Angeles Lakers for his release, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that with the Lakers facing roster cut-down decisions by Monday at 5 p.m. ET, Yi and his representatives requested that the Lakers let him go to pursue other opportunities, largely because the role he envisioned in L.A. didn’t materialize.
February 19, 2017 | 10:45 pm EST Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sacramento’s been fully engaged in trade talks centered on DeMarcus Cousins with multiple teams on Sunday, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Knicks general manager Steve Mills was in town for All-Star Weekend, and it doesn’t appear he’s here to finalize divorce proceedings with Carmelo Anthony. According to a source who has spoken to Knicks officials, the odds are heavily against the team dealing Anthony by Thursday’s deadline. Anything that’s been discussed probably has not been attractive enough, plus Anthony can block any deal that is not to Los Angeles, his preferred destination.
The Knicks may go in a different direction at the deadline with expiring contracts of veteran point guards Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings, who mysteriously sat out the last game prior to the break in Oklahoma. Jennings’ contract is moveable at just $5 million.
After weeks of speculation and a couple days of apparent tension before Sunday’s All-Star Game in New Orleans, all eyes were on what would happen when Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook shared the floor together. They answered that question quickly, as Durant fed Westbrook for a lob with 4 minutes, 58 seconds left in the first quarter, just a minute after Westbrook checked into for the first time.