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Boston Celtics v Portland Trail Blazers

Blazers guard Allen Crabbe injures ankle, carried out of Summer League game on stretcher


LAS VEGAS — This is not good.

Well, it could have been worse.

Allen Crabbe, who has played 66 games over the last two seasons in Portland and was playing well in Summer League, suffered an ankle sprain on Thursday while going up for a rebound. He yelled in pain as he went down,  but X-Rays turned out show no damage. An MRI is scheduled, but hopefully it is just a sprain.

Phil Jackson says Knicks need to be competitive before big-name free agents will consider them as a destination

Phil Jackson

The Knicks didn’t make any splashes this offseason in free agency, at least in terms of adding a big-name talent to the roster.

But the moves they did make are the kind that can build a foundation.

This summer was Phil Jackson’s first chance to make a real impact in re-shaping the New York roster, a process that begun at last season’s trade deadline when he jettisoned multiple players and essentially tanked the remainder of the season to get a high lottery pick in this summer’s draft.

In free agency, the Knicks focused on adding lesser pieces, rather than chasing guys who would be unlikely to sign. And as Phil Jackson explained, that was the necessary path to take when looking to rebuild almost from scratch.

Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com:

Team president Phil Jackson believes the New York Knicks must prove they can be a winning franchise before they can be considered a destination for the NBA’s premier free agents.

“We need to win, be a competitive team,” Jackson said Monday at the Las Vegas Summer League in his first public comments since the Knicks signed center Robin Lopez, shooting guard Arron Afflalo, and forwards Derrick Williams and Kyle O’Quinn in free agency. “I think we showed agents and players around the league a serious nature of what we’re trying to accomplish. People who know basketball will recognize that, and we’ll have people who want to come here.” …

“We made a defensive attempt in free agency to really kind of solidify our team and give ourselves a basis from which we can work from,” Jackson said. “I think everything went according to how we thought it would go. There were some long shots out there that we took, but the reality was, we wanted what we got.

The Lakers might want to pay attention here.

The reality in today’s NBA is that All-Star caliber players are no longer willing to sign up to play in large markets like New York or Los Angeles simply because they’re desirable cities in which to live. Winning matters, especially when the money can be similar at so many different destinations.

This will become even more true in advance of the 2016-17 season, when the salary cap will spike upwards of 30 percent, and literally every team will have money to spend.

Jackson has done a good job making the necessary moves that can provide a significant increase to the team’s win total from last season. And if things go as expected, that will go a long way in making New York an exciting place for free agents to realistically consider — possibly as soon as next summer.

Nets trade Steve Blake to Detroit for Quincy Miller

Los Angeles Lakers v Portland Trail Blazers

Stan Van Gundy likes shooters. Steve Blake may have other flaws, but he can shoot the rock — a career 38.5 percent from three who shot 35.2 percent from three for the Blazers last year (on draft night Portland traded him to Brooklyn).

Now Van Gundy has Blake to put out there and space the floor.

The Pistons traded for Blake and the Nets will get Quincy Miller, a trade the teams have already announced.

The Nets are expected to waive Miller.

The Pistons are going to start just re-signed Reggie Jackson then they have Blake and Brandon Jennings behind him. Jennings provides playmaking, Blake shooting.

Rumor: Sense around league is Kevin Durant likely to stay in Oklahoma City

Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

LeBron James. Kawhi Leonard. Kevin Love. Marc Gasol. DeAndre Jordan. Draymond Green. Jimmy Butler. Dwyane Wade. Brook Lopez. Goran Dragic. Danny Green.

Every one of those top free agents this summer re-signed with their own team — security and taking the cash on the table were the themes of the summer. Even the restricted guys (Leonard, Green and Butler) didn’t meet with other teams, they were never really on the market. LaMarcus Aldridge was the outlier, bolting Portland to contend in San Antonio.

What does that portend heading into the much-discussed free agent summer of 2016, when the salary cap spikes and every team will be flush with cash?

Don’t bet on Kevin Durant leaving OKC.

Executives around the league expect him to stay put, reports Ken Berger at CBSSports.com.

Most league execs informally polled here at Summer League expect Durant to stay in Oklahoma City when he hits the market next summer. There are only a handful of teams that can legitimately think they’re an option. The Lakers, the Mavs and the Wizards (in Durant’s hometown) are in the mix, for starters. The Knicks? I mean, I guess, in theory.

I will say I’ve heard there is some pressure within Durant’s circle to consider the Knicks, but will they have a roster that he wants to come to?

Oklahoma City has always been the frontrunners, and the owner has signed off on paying the tax this year to show his commitment to winning (that came with matching the Blazers’ Enes Kanter offer). Durant likes the city, the team is a legit title contender, and as we have seen this year the lure of a big market alone is not near enough to draw a superstar.

The NBA season between now and Durant’s decision is a lifetime, and a lot of things could change. But it’s good to be in front of the race now, and Oklahoma City is that.

Knicks re-sign Lou Amundson

Shelvin Mack, Lou Amundson

The Knicks acquired Lou Amundson as a throw-in in the J.R. Smith-Iman Shumpert-Dion Waiters trade, and they promptly waived him.

Then they re-signed him to a 10-day contract. Then another. Then eventually for the rest of the season.

New York apparently just can’t quit him.

Ian Begley of ESPN:

The New York Knicks and veteran big man Lou Amundson have agreed to a one-year, $1.65 million deal, Amundson’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Saturday.

Amundson’s minimum salary next season is $1,362,897, so unless that’s some generous rounding, the Knicks used cap space or the room exception to sign him. The best projection seems to be they used cap space, which leaves the $2,814,000 room exception for someone else.

At 32, Amundson had some nice moments for the Knicks providing hustle last season. He even started 35 games. With Robin Lopez signing in New York, Amundson should see a lesser role, which should serve the Knicks well. He was overextended at times last year.

Amundson is fighting aging, but fewer minutes against starters should help.

As long he can remain so energetic, he’s nice to have around.