Blazers G Evan Turner breaks third metacarpal in right hand, leaves game vs. Mavericks (VIDEO)

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The Portland Trail Blazers will be without Evan Turner for some time. Portland’s big, $70 million free agent signing this summer fractured his third metacarpal in his right hand in a game against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

The injury appeared to occur at the 7:45 mark in the third quarter. Turner was running from right-to-left with Devin Harris and was caught in the hand by the elbow of Harrison Barnes as he was trying to fight through a screen.

It’s hard to tell at this point what a return date for Turner would be. Metacarpal fractures have some history in the NBA, but the recovery time from surgery is all over the map with most players returning on average in a 6-8 week window after the injury.

Turner said after the game that doctors have initially told him he might not even need surgery, calling it a “janky injury”. Turner added that his main issue was numbness and trying to grip the ball, and that his return schedule might be based on his pain tolerance.

That’s not great news for the Blazers, who have struggled this season and wanted Turner brought in to relieve some of the ball-handling pressure from Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

The offense will definitely change for the Blazers from here on out. Allen Crabbe will likely get more run in different lineups, and the backcourt of Lillard and McCollum will need to handle the ball essentially at all times. It’s possible we see more of Shabazz Napier as well, and coach Terry Stotts has been fond of running out end of bench players like Pat Connaughton in certain situations.

Portland needed everything to go right just to make the playoffs this year. They stand at 9th in the Western Conference and it’s uncertain what their future will be if Turner is out for a couple of months.

The Blazers do hold their own first round pick this year, as well as Cleveland’s. The “tank and miss the Golden State Warriors” crowd in Oregon will no doubt hope this improves their draft position.

DeMarcus Cousins answers first several Kings-related questions same way (video)

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DeMarcus Cousins had a bitter exit from the Kings, but that won’t be the last they see of him.

Cousins’ Pelicans will host Sacramento tomorrow night.

Not that Cousins rushed to talk about the matchup.

Justin Verrier of ESPN:

Cousins is pretty funny when joking with the media, and his smile is contagious. Just listen to all the laughs Cousins generates as he goes through his shtick.

Bonus points to Cousins for eventually breaking down and providing real answers. Some of his relationships in Sacramento were clearly meaningful to him, and he wanted to acknowledge those — even if he’d prefer just to get past this awkward game and all the talk it invites.

Report: Sweet-shooting 7-footer Lauri Markkanen leaving Arizona for NBA draft

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Lauri Markkanen is 7-foot and made 42% of his 3-pointers this season.

That combination alone will have NBA teams drooling, and the Arizona freshman will capitalize.

Evan Daniels of Scout:

Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen is declaring for the NBA Draft and is expected to sign with an agent, multiple sources told Scout.

Markkanen seems pretty certain to get picked in the lottery, likely in the top 10.

Calling him a good shooter for his height undersells him. It’s not just he shoots so efficiently from deep, it’s that he can generate 3-pointers in so many ways — pick-and-pops, spot-ups, off off-ball screens and even running pick-and-rolls himself. Having the height to shoot over defenders is his most noticeable asset, but don’t undersell his mobility.

Markkanen also finishes well at the rim and offensively rebounds at extremely impressive clip for someone who spends so much time on the perimeter. Those interior skills instill belief he will eventually become a suitable defender.

There are a couple red flags. He’s old for a freshman, turning 20 before the draft. He leaves plenty to be desired defensively, especially due to his lack of strength.

But his size and shooting are tantalizing. That’s plenty for now.

Dwyane Wade wowed by jumping, around-the-back alley-oop pass in McDonald’s All-American Game (video)

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Watch for Collin Sexton in the 2018 NBA draft.

In the meantime, the Alabama commit had all eyes — include Dwyane Wade‘s — on him with this pass in the McDonald’s All-American Game last night.

Carmelo Anthony on shrinking role with Knicks: ‘I see the writing on the wall… I’m at peace with that’

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Carmelo Anthony scored just nine points on 12 shots in the Knicks loss to the Heat last night — well below his season averages of 22 points on 19 shots per game.

Anthony, via Ian Begley of ESPN:

“I see the writing on the wall. I see what it is,” Anthony said late Wednesday night. “I see what they’re trying to do, and it’s just me accepting that. That’s what puts me at peace. Just knowing and understanding how things work. I’m at peace with that.”

Is Anthony talking about just the Knicks’ final dozen games of this season, when they’re clearly interesting in testing less-proven players? Or is he referring to his entire tenure in New York?

Anthony has said he’d consider waiving his no-trade clause if the Knicks want to rebuild, and they’ll reportedly try again to trade him this offseason. Perhaps, this is Anthony indicating he’s warming up to the idea of allowing a trade.

Anthony’s and Kristaps Porzingis‘ timelines are barely compatible, if at all. It’d make sense for the Knicks to go in a different direction.

Could Anthony be at peace with that?