NBA PLAYER NEWS
Oklahoma City's Enes Kanter heading to the Knicks in Melo deal
The New York Knicks have acquired center Enes Kanter as part of a deal that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder, per Arian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The Knicks also acquired Doug McDermott and an undisclosed draft pick in the deal, which Anthony has waived his no-trade clause for and is expected to be made official on Monday.
Kanter had a strong 2016-17 season, averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in only 21.3 minutes per game. His 5.9 nERD was tied for 33rd in the NBA.
Thunder acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Knicks
The Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks have agreed on a deal that sends Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Knicks will receive Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick in exchange for Melo, who has agreed to waive his no-trade clause for this one.
Anthony averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 34.3 minutes per game in the 2016-17 season. His -0.7 nERD ranked only 163rd among 275 forwards. The Thunder finished 8th in the NBA with a 56.1 nERD as a team.
Knicks hope to trade Carmelo Anthony by Monday
The New York Knicks are hoping to trade Carmelo Anthony to either the Oklahoma City Thunder or Cleveland Cavaliers by Monday, per NBA.com's David Aldridge.
The Knicks have reportedly expressed interest in Tristan Thompson, though the Cvas are not interested in moving him. A deal with the Thunder is expected to include Enes Kanter and his large contract.
In 74 starts, Anthony managed averages of 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists across 34.3 minutes per game. However, his -0.7 nERD wasn't all that awe-inspiring as he ranked 163rd of 275 forwards in the 2016-17 season.
76ers' Ben Simmons (foot) expected to be without restrictions in rookie season
Philadelphia 76ers president and general manager Bryan Colangelo said that he does not expect forward Ben Simmons to be limited this season, reports 94WIP's Jon Johnson.
Simmons said out all of last season after suffering a Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot back in late September. The former number-one overall pick recently said that he's "feeling great" while Colangelo adds that he's been "dominating the gym" in 5-on-5 drills. It was a possibility that Simmons would see a restriction similar to the one we saw for Joel Embiid to begin last season, but it's been nearly a full year now since Simmons' season-ending injury. He's poised to be the team's primary creator, whether he's labeled a point guard or not.
Now 21 years old, Simmons, in his one year at LSU, averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists across 34.9 minutes a game. He'll be a welcome sight for 76ers fans, who saw their team 23rd in our power rankings a year ago.
Wizards' Markieff Morris (sports hernia) to undergo surgery on Friday
Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris is expected to undergo sports hernia surgery on Friday, according to the Washington Post's Candace Buckner.
Morris likely developed the injury late in the summer after going through his offseason program, but due to the birth of his daughter and a trial for felony assault charges, Morris delayed the surgery until this week. Morris' timetable is unknown, but his recovery will probably keep him out of training camp and maybe even prevent him from getting any playing time in the preseason.
In 2017, Morris averaged 14.0 points and a career-high 6.5 rebounds in 31.2 minutes per game. His -1.6 nERD was a big improvement from the previous season yet ranked him just 206th of 275 forwards in our NBA database.
Andrew Bogut agrees to one-year deal with Lakers
Free agent center Andrew Bogut has agreed to a one-year deal $2.3 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, per Shams Charania of The Vertical.
The one-year deal keeps the Lakers flexible for the 2018 offseason when LeBron James and Paul George will be available. Bogut will assumingly be Brook Lopez's backup in the upcoming season if he stays healthy. The 32-year-old big man played only 27 games between the Dallas MAvericks and Cleveland Cavaliers last season.
Bogut averaged 2.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 0.9 blocks in 21.6 minutes per game last season.
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