Report: Carmelo Anthony and OKC ‘Circling Each Other’

Could Carmelo Antnony end up in OKC after all?

According to the latest rumor, Melo and the Thunder are “officially circling each other.”

Have a scoop – OKC and Carmelo are officially circling each other. OKC’s Troy Weaver recruited Melo to Cuse + has known him since DMV days.

— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) July 24, 2017

The Houston Rockets remain the favorites to land Anthony once he’s dealt from New York.

Per The Oklahoman:

A trade for Anthony would be the latest coup and gamble by Thunder general manager Sam Presti in an effort to improve the Thunder’s chances in the Western Conference.

Anthony has one more guaranteed year left on his contract worth $26.2 million, not including an early termination option for 2018-19 ($27.9 million). So, Anthony is in a similar situation to Westbrook and the newly-acquired Paul George. If Westbrook decides to bypass signing a supermax extension before the start of the season, he, George and Anthony will all be free agents in the summer of 2018.

With the June 30 trade for George, the Thunder has shown this offseason its doesn’t fear the luxury tax, with its 2017-18 payroll approaching $128 million. But trading for Anthony would require sending out significant salary, likely Enes Kanter’s $17.8 million as well as other players, and may neccesitate incorporating a third team a la the deal to acquire Kanter in 2014 from Utah.

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NBA2K displays Raptors sponsor patch in first official screenshots

Love it or hate it, sponsor patches will be a reality on NBA uniforms next season and it looks like 2K Sports just may have offered fans a glimpse of how they’ll look.

The official NBA 2K Twitter account released the first screenshots for their upcoming NBA 2K18 video game Monday, showcasing Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, the Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas and newly-acquired Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George.

More interesting than checking out the players’ new polygonal digs is the fact you see the Sunlife logo on DeRozan’s Raptors jersey and the GE patch on Thomas’ Celtics uniform. Placed on by the top left shoulder, opposite the Nike swoosh, this gives fans an idea of how the sponsor patches could be implemented next season.

Ready for 1st official #NBA2K18 screens? #2KFirstLook at @Yg_Trece, @Isaiah_Thomas & @DeMar_DeRozan in #NBA2k18!

— NBA 2K 2K18 (@NBA2K) July 24, 2017

NBA 2K18 releases worldwide on Sept. 19 for Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox ONE, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch and PC. DeRozan will be the first athlete to ever grace the Canadian-exclusive cover of the game, while Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will be featured elsewhere.

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Colts to put Andrew Luck on PUP for start of training camp

INDIANAPOLIS — Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will be placed on the physically unable to perform list when the team opens training camp on Saturday.

Luck had surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder and only began throwing last week. It’s still unclear when he will be cleared to practice, but general manager Chris Ballard says he is hopeful that Luck will be activated before the Sept. 10 season opener in Los Angeles against the Rams.

Ballard also says safety Clayton Geathers will go on the PUP list with a neck injury that will keep him out of at least the first six games of the regular season.

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