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Carmelo Anthony officially signs a $2.4M deal with the Rockets

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ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski detailed Carmelo Anthony wanted to sign a one-year, $2.4 million contract. “Anthony will compete for a starting spot in training camp, but ultimately could come off the bench—based on whatever Mike D’Antoni decides makes most sense for Rockets,” Wojnarowski later included, referencing the group’s head coach.

D’Antoni later addressed correspondents, saying he didn’t recognize what Carmelo Anthony’s part would be, yet included it was “discussed in the first meeting and Carmelo Anthony was open to either role.”

Carmelo Anthony has started all 1,054 games he’s played in his NBA career and has previously bristled at the idea of coming off the bench. He told The Undefeated’s Jemele Hill in July:

“I know how to play this game of basketball. I’ve been playing it for a long time. When I feel like I’m ready to take that role [coming off the bench], then I’ll take that role. Only I know when it’s best for me to take that role. I’m not going to do that in a situation where I still know my capabilities and what I can do. And at the end of the day, the people who really matter know my capabilities and what I can still do. You start getting to the media and debates, it’s going to always be kind of back-and-forth.”

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Timberwolves trade Jimmy Butler to 76ers

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Minnesota Timberwolves have consented to exchange Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers, group sources disclosed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe. The Sixers made the exchange to add Butler to a Big Three with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.The Timberwolves will get a bundle that incorporates Robert Covington, Dario Saric and a second-round pick, sources stated, and Minnesota will likewise send Justin Patton to Philadelphia.

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NBA rule changes that are in effect now!

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These are the NBA rule changes to the game.

Rule change 1: Shot clock reset to 14 seconds

The rule: The shot clock will reset to 14 seconds in three scenarios: after an offensive rebound of a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim; after a loose ball foul is called on the defensive team immediately following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim; or after the offensive team gets possession of the ball after it goes out of bounds immediately following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim.

Rule change 2: Clear path foul rule simplification

The rule: A clear path foul is now defined as a personal foul against any offensive player during his team’s transition scoring opportunity in the following circumstances: the ball is ahead of the tip of the circle in the backcourt; no defender is ahead of the offensive player with the transition scoring opportunity; the player with the transition scoring opportunity is in control of the ball (or a pass has been thrown to him); and if the foul deprives his team of an opportunity to score.

Rule change 3: More “hostile acts” can be reviewed

The rule: For purposes of triggering instant replay review, the definition of a “hostile act” has been broadened to enable referees to determine the appropriate penalty for players or coaches if they are involved in hostile encounters with each other, referees or fans.

These NBA rule changes aren’t major but are tweaks to the game to make it faster and simplify certain situations.

 

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Russell Westbrook has arthroscopic surgery on right knee

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Here’s the team’s full release on Russell Westbrook’s procedure:

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure on his right knee, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today.

The Thunder, Westbrook and his representation determined that after he experienced inflammation in his knee this past weekend that the best course of action was the proactive procedure, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache with Thunder medical personnel present at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

The seven-time All-Star averaged a triple-double for a second straight season during the 2017-18 campaign, with 25.4 points, a league-leading 10.3 assists and 10.1 rebounds, making him the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double in multiple seasons.

Westbrook will be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks, at which time a further update will be provided.

 

This likely mean that point guard Dennis Schroder will likely get to start during training camp and the preseason. The Thunder open training camp is on Sept. 24.

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