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Chris Paul after trade had feeling of being stabbed in the back

Chris Paul did not expected to being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer.
Cp3 spoke about his departure from Houston and about Rockets GM Daryl Morey.

Per NBC Sports, “Absolutely,” Paul said of having the feeling of being stabbed in the back (via Dan Feldman of NBC Sports ). “This last situation was one of them. The GM there in Houston, he don’t owe me nothing. You know what I mean? He may tell me one thing but do another thing. But you just understand that that’s what it is.”

Nets and CEO Davi Levy part ways

David Levy leaves his position as CEO of the Brooklyn Nets after only two months.

Per ESPN, Oliver Weisberg has been named interim CEO.

“As we enter an exciting next chapter of our organization, it’s important that ownership and management are completely aligned on our go forward plan,” Weisberg said in a statement. “We are proud of the culture of the Brooklyn Nets under the leadership of General Manager Sean Marks and Head Coach Kenny Atkinson, and we look forward to continue bringing the best experience to our fans.”
Levy was hired by the Nets on Sept. 18, the same day Tsai completed his purchase of the franchise and Barclays Center.

Knicks’ Mills is selling owner Dolan on a roster constructed to be highly competitive in the East

The New York Knicks may fire coach David Fizdale after the 2-8 start.

After the blowout loss against the Cavaliers, Steve Mills and Scott Perry said that they have trust in the head coach.

Per ESPN, Even before a startling news conference in the wake of a blowout loss to Cleveland, New York Knicks president Steve Mills had started to lay the internal groundwork for the eventual dismissal of coach David Fizdale, league sources told ESPN.
Mills is selling owner James Dolan on a roster constructed to be highly competitive in the Eastern Conference, leaving Fizdale vulnerable to an ouster only weeks into the second season of a four-year contract that league sources say is worth $22 million.

Knicks reportedly targeting Masai Ujiri

The New York Knicks started the season in the worst possible way with two wins and eight losses in ten games.

 

Per The Athletic, According to several people familiar with the Knicks thinking, Dolan is plotting to take another run at Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri. It would take Phil Jackson-type money to lure Ujiri to New York but spending the big bucks is never an issue for Dolan. The issue is always hiring the right person, but in Ujiri, unlike Jackson, Mills and Perry, the Knicks would be bringing in an executive who has built a championship team.

 

Ujiri is under contract through the 2021 season and the Raptors ownership group will do anything and everything to keep him. However, Ujiri is an ambitious guy with powerful friends in high places, and we’re not just talking about Barack Obama. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is a close friend who remains forever frustrated with the train wreck in his own backyard that is the Knicks. Ujiri’s possible arrival in New York could potentially put the Knicks in play for Giannis Antetokounmpo as well. Ujiri is well connected to some of today’s top stars. Mills claimed to be but couldn’t even get a sit down with Irving and/or Durant. That’s another plan he sold to Dolan that fell flat.

NCAA declares projected 1st pick of 2020 NBA Draft James Wiseman ineligible

Bad news for James Wisemana and the Memphis Tigers. The big man has been declared ineligible by the NCAA and won’t play this season. James Wiseman moved from Nashville to Memphis and played for Penny Hardaway at Memphis East his junior and senior years in high school. Also played for Penny in AAU ball. NCAA deeming Penny a booster for helping to pay moving expenses.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry ‘unlikely’ to return this season?

According to Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry could have ended already his 2019-2020 NBA season.

According to a team source mentioned by Bucher, Curry’s fracture could be worse than originally thought, and it’s ‘unlikely’ that the two-times NBA MVP will play again this season.

Source: Ric Bucher.

Tracy McGrady says Danilo Gallinari “would be perfect” for the Blazers

Tracy McGrady and Brian Windhorst of ESPN think that Danilo Gallinari would be a perfect fit for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Il Gallo was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder during the offseason in Paul George’s trade and he will be unrestricted free agent from July 1 when his $22,6 million contract expires.

A trade from OKC would not be a surprise for Gallinari and the Blazers could be his next destination.

NBA defends Clippers, Kawhi Leonard load management policy

In an official statement, the NBA has weighted in on the Los Angeles Clippers load management policy of Kawhi Leonard.

Former Spurs and Raptors star is missing his second straight back-to-back game tonight vs. Bucks, which happened to also be a national TV game. He sat back-to-back last week against Jazz on national TV.

Kenneth Faried expected to sign a $4.4 million contract with Zhejiang Lions

Kenneth Faried is close to heading to China.
The former NBA power forward is expected to sign a $4.4 million contract with CBA team Zhejiang Lions, a source told Sportando.
Faried has played eight seasons in the NBA averaging 11.4 points and 8.1 rebounds in 478 games.
The former World Cup champion spent last season between Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets.

Markieff and Marcus Morris sign with agency Roc Nation Sports

Roc Nation Sports has signed Markieff and Marcus Morris.
The twins join Jay-Z agency.
Markieff is playing for the Detroit Pistons while Marcus is playing for the New York Knicks.

Clippers’ Paul George to make season debut next week?

Los Angeles Clippers may have Paul George back next week.
The forward, who has yet to debut with the Clippers, could play either Wednesday against the Houston Rockets or Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Cade Cunningham committed to Oklahoma State

Cade Cunningham has committed to Oklahoma State.
The point guard is the projected 1st pick of the 2021 NBA Draft.

Per ESPN, “To be honest, I was this close to picking a different school, but blood is always thicker than water. Go Pokes,” Cunningham said in his announcement posted to Instagram.

A 6-foot-7 point guard from Texas who attends Montverde Academy (Florida), Cunningham is the projected No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft. He averaged 23.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.7 assists on the Nike EYBL circuit last spring and summer for the Texas Titans grassroots program. He also won a gold medal with the USA Basketball U19 National Team, averaging 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

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Warriors to “certainly” trade Alec Burks?

The Golden State Warriors will certainly trade Alec Burks when the player will be eligible to be traded after mid-December.

Per SF Gate, The likeliest player to traded, Windhorst said, is Alec Burks.
“He’s the guy I think will be almost certainly be traded,” Windhorst said. “No. 1, he’s easy to trade because he makes the minimum salary. They don’t have to do crazy things to get rid of him.”

Source: SF Gate.

Knicks head coach David Fizdale safe for now?

David Fizdale’s job as head coach of the Knicks is not jeopardy despite a 1-6 start of the season.

Per NY Post, Sources have indicated it’s way too early to start any Fizdale Watch — not with this new roster that needs tender loving care because of its complexities.
How bad would it look for Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry to fire Fizdale on Dec. 1 after one season and one month after they passed on Mike Budenholzer, Mark Jackson and David Blatt and didn’t interview Steve Clifford?
Mills/Perry have been spared much of the blame despite constructing a complex collection of players that does not contain enough perimeter shooting or somebody who can carry a team late in a close game.
As one NBA scout said at the season’s start, “They’re more a puzzle now than pieces to a puzzle.’’

Source: NY Post.

Jose Manuel Calderon retires at 38, will work for NBPA

Jose Manuel Calderon announced his retire at 38.
The Spanish will work for NBPA as special consultant of Michele Roberts.
Calderon has played 20 years as a pro and 14 seasons in the NBA averaging 8.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 895 regular season games.

Per Washington Post, After multiple conversations with Calderon and with approval from the NBPA’s executive committee, Roberts hired Calderon as her special assistant — a newly formed, season-long position that both the union and Calderon hope will become a recurring role for a former player seeking to adjust to life after basketball.

Source: Washington Post.

Thunder GM Sam Presti scouting Deni Avdija in Israel

Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti is scouting Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Deni Avdija in Israel, according to Roi Cohen.

Presti watched Avdija practice with his team today and will attend tomorrow’s Israeli Winner League game against Ironi Nahariya.

The 18-year-old Avdija is projected as a top-10 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Source: Roi Cohen.

Dell Curry: “Steph ‘absolutely’ wants to play in 2020 Olympics

Dell Curry told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that his son Steph still plans on playing in the 2020 Olympics, despite having broken his left hand earlier this week and is expected to miss at least three months of play.

“Absolutely. That was definitely a goal coming into this year. He wants to play in the Olympics. This is a little setback, but hopefully it’s a goal he can strive for through his rehab,” said Curry.

Hawks planned to pursue Jaylen Brown, Domantas Sabonis in Restricted Free Agency

The Atlanta Hawks were believed to have interest in pursuing Domantas Sabonis or Jaylen Brown if they were unable to sign an extension with their incumbent teams and become a restricted free agent in 2020, as reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Brown later signed a four-year, $115 million extension with the Boston Celtics, while Sabonis instead signed a four-year, $74.9 million extension with the Indiana Pacers.

Source: Shams Charania.

Minnesota pick up team option on Josh Okogie

Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas announced the team has exercised the third-year option on guard Josh Okogie.

Okogie, 23, is averaging 9.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals through four games of his second season.
Last year he averaged 7.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals.

Clippers pick up option on Jerome Robinson

According to Jovan Buha, the Los Angeles Clippers have picked up the third-year option on the rookie contract of Jerome Robinson.
The former Boston College guard was the No.13 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Warriors’ Stephen Curry fractures hand

Another bad news for the Golden State Warriors. In loss to the Phoenix Suns, superstar Stephen Curry fractured his hand.

Per ESPN, General manager Bob Myers told ESPN that Curry will have an MRI and CT scan, and from there, the team will determine if he needs surgery and what his recovery timetable will be.

The injury occurred with 8 minutes, 31 seconds left in the third quarter when Curry drove to the rim and collided with Suns big man Aron Baynes, who attempted to take a charge and ended up falling on top of Curry’s hand.

Source: ESPN.

Sichuan ready to file a Bat against Jerryd Bayless for leaving the team without permission

Chinese team Sichuan is ready to open a FIBA bat against Jerryd Bayless, according to Chinese media.
Sichuan is claiming that the former NBA guard left the team without permission.
Bayless joined the CBA team this summer after 11 years in the NBA.
But his experience with the Blue Whales lasted a few weeks. And now Sichuan could take him to FIBA Bat for leaving the team.

The Cavs won’t be picking up the fourth year option on Ante Zizic’s contract

The Cavs won’t be picking up the $3.8 million fourth year option on Ante Zizic’s contract.

Former Celtics will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Raptors to be one of the “chief pursuers” of Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2021

The Toronto Raptors will be the most interested suitors of Giannis Antetokounmpo if he becomes free agent in 2021, according to The Athletic.

Per RealGM, The Raptors have kept their cap minimal for 2021 beyond their extension for Pascal Siakam, who would presumably be a player Antetkounmpo would want to pair with if he had interest in joining the franchise.
While the Raptors are maintaining their future flexibility, it is not yet clear what they intend to this season with players such as Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka.