Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer
Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni on Carmelo Anthony coming off the bench for the first time in his career: "I know it's not the ideal situation for him, because he's a Hall of Famer and all that. I know it's a big adjustment, but you know what? He's true to his word. He said he'd do anything for the team. We think that's best today. It might not be best later – we don't know – but having him is something that we didn't have last year. Obviously, it's really good."
Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer
Knicks president Steve Mills was asked on The Michael Kay Show if Kristaps Porzingis is unhappy with the Knicks' decision not to sign him to a rookie extension. He said that wasn't the case. "We've been very straightforward in our communication with KP's brother (Janis Porzingis), who is his agent. KP has a long history with us. One thing about my relationship with KP is that when he is unhappy about something or disappointed about something he's been very forthright in coming to me and saying, ‘Steve you know what? I'm not happy about this. And throughout this whole process he's been very excited about David Fizdale as the coach, he's been very excited about the players, the young players that we have. And I watch him every day at shootaround, I watch him every day at practice and watch how he's engaged with his teammates so I think we're in a good place." The Knicks will have an extra $10 million in cap space after forgoing the Porzingis extension. Porzingis, who is rehabbing from ACL surgery, is the first All-Star under the current salary cap structure not to sign a contract extension on his rookie deal. He will be a restricted free agent this summer. There is no timetable for his return.
Stefano Fusaro ESPN
Mike D'Antoni confirms the Rockets starting lineup: Chris Paul, James Harden, James Ennis, PJ Tucker and Clint Capela. Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight are out.
Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer
Jimmy Butler in the house. We hear he did not arrive here on the team bus.
Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer
Knicks president Steve Mills was asked on The Michael Kay Show if declining to give Kristaps Porzingis a rookie extension is the smartest move for the franchise because it creates $10 million in cap space in the Summer of 2019: "We believe it was the smart move. But primarily because over the summer, Scott and I sat down with KP's brother (Janis Porzingis, Kristaps' agent) and talked about the different options that we have in front of us as it related to his extension. We were clear that the best option to make the Knicks a better team long term and have a better group of guys that KP can grow with long term was to not do the extension at this point. We think it ended up in a situation that's best for the long-term view of the Knicks which ultimately will be the best in the long term view for KP because he'll have a better team that he'll be part of." Porzingis will be a restricted free agent this summer.
Bobby Marks ESPN
Milwaukee receives $18,321 in savings with Tim Frazier claimed by New Orleans. The Pelicans will now inherit the $1.5M non-guaranteed contract of the point guard. Waiving Troy Williams will cost New Orleans $34,183.
Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer
Luke Walton did not discount LeBron James playing in all 82 games this season but the Lakers coach also said James' playing time will factor in the franchise's long-term goals -- not just this season's aspirations. "We've got four years, we want to make sure we're not only playing at our best come the end of the season but that he's fresh," Walton said. "And that's a goal for us. And it's a goal that we're on a journey and it's not a one-year journey."
Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer
Suns coach Igor Kokoskov says newly signed Jamal Crawford will be inactive tonight against the Mavericks. Crawford agreed with the Suns on Monday.