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Report: Nets ending pursuit of Carmelo Anthony. Or Not.

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It still appears likely the Knicks will get the big prize.

But whether or not the Nets are still fighting for Anthony is up for debate.

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix sent out this tweet Monday afternoon:

Source says it appears Nets are “throwing in the towel” on pursuit of Anthony.

Al Iannazzone of the Bergen Record quickly shot that rumor down.

Nets are not throwing in the towel. Then Knicks are bidding against themselves. Nets don’t want that. No Knick writer will retweet that

Take all of this with a grain of salt — actually, an entire salt lake — because the Nets have said they were out of things a couple other times only to jump back in. However, both of these reports fit with everything we’re hearing.

Carmelo Anthony was going to tell the Nets today whether or not he would sign an extension with them. If the answer was no, the Nets saying they are not going to pursue him any more is the face-saving way for them to get the news out.

If true, it would mean the Knicks would get Anthony and then the Nets may well do a separate deal with the Nuggets to get some picks for the future and send some Knicks players to New Jersey. Of course, part of the reason the Nets want that second deal is to anger the Knicks, maybe slow them dow and give the Nets room to get back in. Not that it’s likely to work — it makes no sense for the Knicks to kill their big trade for a superstar just because some of their role players may come back to New Jersey.

The Knicks “final offer” was said to be Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Eddy Curry and his expiring contract, plus a first-round pick to Denver for Anthony, Chauncey Billups, and Shelden Williams (and maybe another player.

The Nuggets are pushing hard to get Timofey Mozgov included in the deal and that continues to be the big holdup. As of now, the Knicks have not relented on him. (And why should they? If ‘Melo won’t go to the Nets why up the offer?)

Ken Berger of CBSSports reports this as a three-team deal where Denver also would get Corey Brewer from Minnesota, while the Wolves would take on Curry’s contract plus forward Anthony Randolph. (Not sure why that works for Minnesota but it’s out there.)

There will officially be no trades on Monday — the league office is closed for the President’s Day holiday. However, teams can agree to deals and send them to the league office, they just will not be reviewed and approved until Tuesday.

Al-Farouq Aminu active for Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 25: Al-Farouq Aminu #8 of the Portland Trail Blazers celebrates with a teammate after hitting a three point shot in the first quarter of Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center on April 25, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO (AP) — Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu is active for their game against the Chicago Bulls after being sidelined by a left calf injury.

Coach Terry Stotts says Aminu will be restricted to around 20 minutes Monday night “depending on how it goes.”

Aminu started the first eight games of the season before he got hurt Nov. 8 against Phoenix. He is averaging 6.4 points and 6.6 rebounds.

Victor Oladipo with the two-handed throw down over Dwight Howard (VIDEO)

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That. Was. Nasty.

After some good ball movement from the Thunder (which started with pretty much their entire team collapsing on Russell Westbrook), Victor Oladipo drove out of the corner aggressively, Dwight Howard tried to rotate over, but he was a step too late and… damn.

By the way, if your question is “did Westbrook get his sixth straight triple double” the answer is of course he did.

Report: LeBron James, other Cavaliers will not stay at Trump hotel in New York this week

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02:  A view of the Trump International Hotel on May 2, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
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There are a few regular hotels where NBA teams stay in the New York area, one of them is the Trump Hotel in Soho. It fits the general bill — high-end hotel that works to cater to the specialty needs of NBA players and teams, and it’s in a great location in the city.

It’s where the Cleveland Cavaliers were booked to stay when the team visited New York this week, but LeBron James and other Cavaliers have been excused by the team and will stay at another location, reports Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

A group of Cleveland Cavaliers players have been excused from staying at the team’s planned accommodations, the Trump SoHo hotel in lower Manhattan, when the defending champions visit New York City this week to play the New York Knicks, multiple team sources told ESPN.com.

Other members of the team’s traveling party will stay at the 46-story luxury building opened in 2010 and branded through a licensing agreement with President-elect Donald Trump, as the Cavs have a contract with the establishment…

LeBron James is included in the faction of players who will not be staying at the Trump SoHo, according to multiple sources. James publicly endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton about a month before Clinton lost the election.

Richard Jefferson, J.R. Smith, and Iman Shumpert have all expressed unhappiness with the election results publicly. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was a Trump supporter who conducted a fundraiser for the now president-elect.

These players are not the only ones making this move, and several teams have worked to shift away from Trump properties nationwide.

Of course, this is going to lead some people to freak out in the comment section — people who barely watched the NBA for the last decade will proclaim their boycott of the Cavaliers and league — but honestly, what LeBron is doing is what we should all do, support businesses and causes that align with our beliefs. Avoid those that don’t. If you don’t like the way they run their business and donate money, don’t eat Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. If you have issue’s with Donald Trump, don’t stay at his hotels and don’t golf at his courses. Speak with your dollars, it’s often the most efficient way to get a message across (hence the unending parade of “boycotts” of businesses across the nation).

So long as LeBron cleared this with the team and makes it to shootaround on time, this is no big deal. But, go ahead in the comments and tell us about how you’re disrespected.

Lakers’ Jose Calderon out 2-4 weeks with hamstring strain

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18:  Jose Calderon #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a called foul during the second half of a game against the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Jose Calderon will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a strained right hamstring.

The Lakers announced their latest injury problem Monday before hosting Utah in their 11th game in 18 days.

The Lakers also recalled rookie center Ivica Zubac from their D-League affiliate.

Calderon is averaging 4.7 points and 2.6 assists in his first season with the Lakers. The veteran Spanish point guard became a starter last month when D'Angelo Russell was sidelined with a sore left knee.

Calderon, Russell and Nick Young are all out for the Lakers (10-12). They have been among the NBA’s pleasant surprises, but injuries and a brutal schedule are conspiring against them.

Larry Nance Jr. sat out Saturday in Memphis, while Julius Randle missed games last month.