Kenny Atkinson out as Nets head coach

In a shocking turn of events, Kenny Atkinson is no longer the Brooklyn Nets head coach. Nets’ GM Sean Marks had this to say in a statement: After discussions with Kenny about the progress of the season, we mutually agreed that a coaching change would be in the best interest of the team. This was an extremely difficult decision, however the organization believes it is one that is necessary at this time. Kenny was instrumental in developing our players and building the identity and culture we have become known for…

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Minnesota Timberwolves to buy out Allen Crabbe

The trade deadline in the NBA does mean an end to roster modifications for teams. Players who were acquired in trades that were brought in just to make a trade work and/or do not fit in with the long term plan of the ball club ( think vets traded to bad/rebuilding teams) will either be waived or bought out, paving the way for them to sign with other, usually better, teams. This is the case with guard Allen Crabbe. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the veteran guard and the Minnesota…

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Jeff Teague returns to Hawks via trade from Timberwolves.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Atlanta Hawks have engaged in a trade. The Hawks sent guard Allen Crabbe to Minnesota for point guard Jeff Teague and shooting guard Treveon Graham. Teague, has started 13 of the 34 games he has appeared in this season for the Timberwolves, averaging 13.2 points, 6.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds. He was moved to a reserve role, as rookie Jarrett Culver has assumed the starting point guard duties. Teague will likely assume a similar role in Atlanta, where he spent…

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Carmelo Anthony to Trail Blazers

Carmelo Anthony is back in the NBA. The ten-time All-Star agreed to a non-guaranteed contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to reporting by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Anthony, was boasts a career scoring average of 24 points per game, last appeared in an NBA game in November 2018 when he averaged 13.4 during his ten games with the Houston Rockets. The Trail Blazers have stumbled out of the gates to a 4-8 start are thin and at and need production out of their frontcourt, in lieu of the injury to…

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Pistons waive Joe Johnson

When Joe Johnson was signed by the Detroit Pistons after dominating Ice Cube’s BIG3 league, it showed that the 3-on-3, which is full of former NBA, players could be a viable path to get back to the Association. However that narrative may have taken a slight hit, as the Pistons waived Johnson. The 38-year old Johnson played 4 preseason games for the Pistons, and averaged 3.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.8 in 14.8 minutes of action.

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Nets expected to ‘front of the line’ if Warriors’ McKinnie clears waivers

From SB Nation: By Net Income on October 19, 2019 12:29 pm Free agency 2019 will never end. The Nets now appear to be interested in Alfonzo McKinnie, the 6’8” small forward the Warriors are expected to be waived officially on Saturday. In a summary of possible NBA last minute moves, Bobby Marks writes… Expect Brooklyn to be at the front of the line if former Warrior Alfonzo McKinnie clears waivers. The Nets have an open two-way spot available and can sign the forward as a replacement for the suspended Wilson Chandler(missing the first 25 games). If McKinnie is signed…

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Warriors waive Alfonso McKinnie, Marquese Chriss expected to make final roster

According to The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania, the Golden State Warriors have waived forward Alphonso McKinnie and will retain Marquese Chriss with that created opening. Chriss, who was taken eighth overall in the 2016 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns , averaged 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in his two years with the club. Last August he, along with Brandon Knight was traded to the Houston Rockets for Ryan Anthony and De’Anthony Melton. After just sixteen appearances for the Rockets, he was then shipped to Houston right at February’s…

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Boston converts Tacko Fall’s deal to two-way contract

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Boston Celtics will convert center Tacko Fall’s deal to a two-way contract. The 7-5 big man went undrafted out of UCF but signed an Exhibit 10 deal, a deal that would pay him an additional $50,000 if Fall begins the season with Boston’s D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. The deal also gave Boston the option, which they are exercising, to offer Fall a two-way contract, allowing Fall to bounce back and forth between the Celtics and the Red Claws.

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Milwaukee GM says Giannis will be offered Supermax in 2020

Milwaukee Bucks GM John Hart said Thursday that “of course” the team will offer their MVP forward Giannis Antetokounmpo a “supermax” contract extension in 2020 when he will be eligible. Antetokounmpo is coming off a monster season where put up 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals in leading the Bucks to the Eastern Conference Finals and capturing league MVP honors. So it is only natural the Bucks will offer him the supermax the second he is eligible. Back in 2014 Giannis declared his intention to…

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Eric Gordon and Rockets agree to 4/$76 million extension

This time of the NBA year is typically known as the “dead period” because major transactional moves are typically at a minimum, save signing to fill rosters out for training camp. This was not the case for the Houston Rockets. According to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen, the Rockets signed Eric Gordon to a four-year , $76 million contract extension, which was the most the club could offer. The deal will not kick in until the 2020-21 season, as Gordon ( who is only 30 years old) enters the final…

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