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Report: Pelicans interested in Carmelo Anthony, but he won’t approve trade to New Orleans

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DeMarcus Cousins said he’s recruiting hard for the Pelicans, and he has hinted that includes Carmelo Anthony:

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

According to an NBA source, New Orleans also would have interest in getting Anthony for its roster.

Nevertheless, an NBA source told The Post that Anthony has told the Knicks he would not agree to waive his no-trade clause for New Orleans.

Of course, the Pelicans would want Anthony. They’re woefully thin at small forward, and he’d be a big upgrade. They also have enough junk contracts – Solomon Hill, Omer Asik, E'Twaun Moore, Alexis Ajinca – to aggregate to match Anthony’s large salary. How they make it worth the Knicks’ while is a different question.

New Orleans is also a small market, and the team wouldn’t even be a playoff lock with Anthony. I understand his reluctance to go there. Anthony still seems set on the Rockets.

Robin Lopez and T.J. Warren exchange contact, heated words (video)

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Robin Lopez whacked T.J. Warren in the head while chasing an offensive rebound. Warren didn’t like that, so he ran to the opposite end of the court and shoved Lopez to the floor. A heated confrontation ensued, though it didn’t escalate beyond yelling.

Warren received a flagrant foul, and Lopez was hit with a technical in the Suns’ 113-105 win over the Bulls.

Lakers blow 5-on-1 fastbreak (video)

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Corey Brewer is better at finishing fastbreaks than leading them.

Nice defense by Emmanuel Mudiay, too.

But at least the Lakers won.

Did Reggie Jackson distract Jimmy Butler into missing game-tying free throw? (video)

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With the Timberwolves trailing the Pistons by three and 6.2 seconds left, Jimmy Butler drew a foul on a 3-pointer.

Butler made the first two free throws then, just before he got the ball for the third, Reggie Jackson interrupted to talk to Stanley Johnson, who was in rebounding position. Butler missed the free throw, and Detroit won 100-97 after an intentional foul.

Butler said Jackson didn’t affect him, but Butler’s side eye during the delay at least appeared to speak loudly.

Bulls’ Kris Dunn dunks on T.J. Warren after savvy/explosive halfcourt drive (video)

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Kris Dunn had a nice weekend – 39 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Hornets and lost to the Suns – punctuated by this dunk in Chicago’s 113-105 loss to the Suns last night.

T.J. Warren paid the price for Tyler Ulis overplaying a Robin Lopez screen Dunn cleverly never used.