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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 26: Jerami Grant #39 of the Philadelphia 76ers controls the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Wells Fargo Center on October 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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. The Thunder defeated the 76ers 103-97. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Report: 76ers trade Jerami Grant to Thunder for draft pick, Ersan Ilyasova

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Jerami Grant is 22 and athletic, has a track record for improvement and is on a team-friendly contract.

So, the 76ers are trading him.

But is this a continuation of Sam Hinkie’s Process or a departure? The deal with the Thunder for Ersan Ilyasova includes mixed signals.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:

Marc Stein of ESPN:

On one hand, the 76ers might have been selling high on a player whose flaws could be exposed with more playing time – a deal in the spirit of the Michael Carter-Williams trade for the Lakers’ protected first-rounder. A former second-round pick, Grant is a woeful outside shooter who is thoroughly limited due that shortcoming.

But even so, he’s on a great contract – two more seasons including this one at a minimum salary – and just 22. Philadelphia shouldn’t trade him for a 29-year-old Ilyasova. Ilyasova is an underrated veteran, but on an expiring contract, he’s not changing the 76ers’ course. Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor need talent around them in two years, not a stretch four at their side now.

The draft pick could justify dealing Grant, but it’s impossible to say without knowing more about the protections.

Grant will help the Thunder replace Kevin Durant at forward, joining a rotation that includes Andre Roberson, Kyle Singler and Domantas Sabonis. Grant is an exceptional shot-blocker for his position, and his defense will get him on the court and give his offense an opportunity to develop. He adds athleticism to a team that already features Russell Westbrook, Victor Oladipo and Steven Adams.

Oklahoma City will have two choices with Grant next summer:

  • Exercise his 2017-18 minimum-salary team option, let him become an unrestricted free agent in 2018
  • Decline his 2017-18 team option, make him a restricted free agent in 2017

There’s no clear answer yet, but the Thunder gained substantial control over a promising young player. Now, we’ll need to learn exactly what it cost them.

NBA to host televised award show June 26

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 11:  Adam Silver, the Commissioner of the NBA, gives the MVP Award to Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors before their game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on May 11, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, 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 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The National Basketball Players Association hosted a televised award show two years ago. It largely flopped, and the union announced its awards on social media last season.

Now, the NBA is trying its hand at a televised award show.

NBA release:

The NBA announced today that the first-ever NBA Awards Show will take place in New York City on Monday, June 26, 2017.  Televised exclusively by TNT, the show will feature current and former NBA players, coaches and celebrities.

The league will honor the:

  • Most Valuable Player
  • Defensive Player of the Year
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Sixth Man Award
  • Most Improved Player
  • Coach of the Year

As is, this is scheduled for after the Finals (beginning June 1 and ending by June 18) and after the draft (June 22). But when this idea was discussed a couple years ago, part of the plan was pushing back the draft and free agency.

By June 26, most fans are celebrating a championship or already focused on the offseason. How many people will be excited about regular-season awards at that point?

I’m not totally convinced this show will pay off, and the schedule is only part of the problem.

In previous years, the league announced award winners one at a time early on various days throughout the conference playoffs. People debated the selection throughout the day. The player was honored at a press conference and/or before his game that night or a day or two later. Each award generated a ton of exposure for the league, and collectively, that exposure built over a long period of time.

Now, that all gets folded into a single day.

Maybe TNT paid enough for broadcast rights to justify the NBA’s choice. The league will certainly cash in more directly this way.

But the risk of creating an apathy around the awards is high enough that I’m not totally convinced this is a wise move.

Report: Bulls’ Michael Carter-Williams out 3-4 weeks

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 27:  Michael Carter-Williams #7 of the Chicago Bulls handles the ball during a game against the Boston Celtics at the United Center on October 27, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. 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 Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Let’s get the painful joke out of the way:

He didn’t take Derrick Rose‘s number with the Bulls, but Michael Carter-Williams followed No. 1 with a knee injury.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN:

Chicago Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams will miss 3-4 weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee, source told ESPN. Also suffered a sprained left wrist on Monday night.

Based on this timeline, Carter-Williams will miss 11-13 games.

This puts the Bulls’ rotation where it would have been before they traded for Carter-Williams. Isaiah Canaan likely plays more regularly behind Rajon Rondo with a chance Jerian Grant earns some minutes.

To a certain degree, Chicago can view Carter-Williams’ contributions as a bonus after trading a non-rotation player (Tony Snell) for him. This injury will just mean less of a bonus.

Report: Phil Jackson met with Knicks to address how they spoke with media

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson speaks to reporters during a news conference in Greenburgh, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Derek Fisher was fired as New York Knicks coach Monday, with his team having lost five straight and nine of 10 to fall well back in the Eastern Conference playoff race. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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It took only one loss – to the defending-champion Cavaliers, no less – but Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony questioned whether the Knicks should run more pick-and-roll or triangle, and Rose also offered some blunt assessments.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

It reached the point that, according to one player, Knicks president Phil Jackson briefly met with the team either Thursday or Friday to discuss some of the comments they made to the media.

Players complaining publicly can be a cause or symptom of a problem. It’s usually both.

Jackson can try to reign in his players’ public comments, but that goes only so far. It’s more important to address the underlying issue.

Win, and Jackson won’t have to worry about players griping in the media. They won’t want to.

Beating the Grizzlies in the Knicks’ second game helped. Topping the Pistons tonight would go further. But if the offense lags in losses and players are unhappy, it will matter only so much whether players express their displeasure to the media.

Stated publicly or not, players’ demeanors matter. Jackson and coach Jeff Hornacek must do all they can to provide a quality roster and an optimal strategy, and that will please players, who will convey that to the press.

Thabo Sefolosha connect on circus shot against Kings (video)

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Rudy Gay dunked hard on Paul Millsap, but the Hawks got their revenge – with this Thabo Sefolosha shot and a 106-95 win over the Kings.