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A list of 2014 NBA Draft Green Room invites


The so-called “green room” at the NBA Draft is typically reserved for the players who are sure-fire locks to be lottery selections. They are granted access to a special area, where friends and family can be ready to give the obligatory hugs and high-fives once their name is called.

This year, whether due to the venue being larger at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn or because of the lack of certainty as to how the top half of the draft will unfold, it seems like many more players are getting the call to be in attendance Thursday night.

Chad Ford of ESPN.com has what appears to be the bulk of the list.

If you’re looking for a sleeper of sorts, Shabazz Napier is the one name that stands out, given that he’s expected to be a late first-rounder in most of the mocks that have been published.

But honestly, there are no true surprises here because if we’re going 21 deep, that’ll cover most everyone expected to be selected in the lottery and even several picks beyond.

Embiid, of course, won’t be attending the draft after undergoing foot surgery earlier this week.

Carmelo Anthony says he can play at high level 4-5 more years

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Carmelo Anthony can flat-out score the rock — that has never been the question. Even hurting last season for many of the 40 games he played, he averaged 24.2 points a game, had a true shooting percentage of 53.1 percent (right near the league average) while having the entire weight of the Knicks offense on his shoulders (32.2 usage rate, fifth highest in the NBA). When people (or players) talk about him being overrated, the discussion turns to defense or if he makes his teammates better. But there should be no doubt Anthony is an elite scorer.

He thinks he will be for a while longer — like another five years. Via Ian Begley of ESPN:

In fact, the 31-year-old Knicks star is confident that he can play at a high level for the next “four or five years.”

“Without a doubt. Without a doubt,” Anthony said after the Knicks’ final training camp practice on Saturday.

The Knicks better hope that’s true, they already made that bet with that massive five-year contract they gave him last summer.

Anthony’s age combined with him coming off knee surgery have a lot of people — myself included — expecting him to take a step back. Not a big one, but he is coming up at the point in his career where some open shots he used to get are now contested because he’s half-a-step slower, and some of those looks don’t fall as often. His jumper isn’t suddenly going to look like Rajon Rondo‘s, ‘Melo is going to get his points, but he may not be as efficient.

Fortunately, the Knicks have an improved supporting cast around him this season. That should take some offensive load off his shoulders, and maybe the Knicks offense will see better ball movement and start to resemble the triangle. If it’s just more isolation Anthony, it’s not going to be pretty.

Kings pick up option on G Ben McLemore

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento have picked up the 2016-17 option on guard Ben McLemore‘s contract.

General manager Vlade Divac announced the move Saturday.

McLemore was Sacramento’s first-round pick in 2013. He averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season.