Chris Haynes: In that same news conference, he talked about how he gave the team a chance when he took his role. Do you think it was necessary for the organization to make that move and trade you? Why didn’t things work out? DeMar DeRozan: I mean, when you say “them,” that’s kind of frustrating. Like, who is “them”? You put the blame on just me and Casey? Because obviously we are the only two who had to suffer from the loss that we had in the Cleveland series. But it’s only one team that we lost to in the postseason — and that team went to the [NBA] Finals every single year. With an opportunity approaching itself, my mindset and the rest of my teammates’ mindset was the only guy who was in the way of making that happen leaves. Now we got a great opportunity to do something that we haven’t been able to do. At the end of the day, I gave everything I had to that team. And it showed, it showed in the progress we made as a team and me as an individual. So when you put that out there saying “gave them chances” and “I have to do something” … it’s B.S. to me.
December 10, 2018 | 10:05 pm EST Update
Stefan Bondy: Courtney Lee will play in the G League tomorrow and is scheduled to rejoin the Knicks for Friday’s game in Charlotte, meaning he’ll miss Wednesday’s game in Cleveland. If there’s no Burke (knee) or Trier (hamstring), Frank Ntilikina will have to get another real opportunity.
Derek Bodner: Brett Brown said Joel Embiid was experiencing flu-like symptoms in addition to the migraine. Didn’t think he would play until late.