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Carmelo Anthony won't accept trade to Cavs, will only go to Rockets, report says

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Carmelo Anthony won't accept trade to Cavs, will only go to Rockets, report says

All the trade scenarios involving Carmelo Anthony going to the Cavs for Kyrie Irving may need to be put to rest, as a new report from the New York Post has Anthony not interested at all in heading to Cleveland.

Anthony, 33, has a no-trade clause and apparently will only waive it to go to the Houston Rockets. Read this from Marc Berman:

Phil Jackson is out as president, but the franchise’s strategy hasn’t changed much. A stalemate has ensued as sources indicate Anthony only wishes to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Rockets. Not even Cleveland, which is in turmoil, is good enough for Anthony as the Cavaliers are dealing with Kyrie Irving’s trade demand.

That's an interesting decision for Anthony, as a trade between the Knicks and Cavs does seem to make a lot of sense. Anthony would go play with LeBron and have the best chance of his career to win in the playoffs. Irving would go play nearby where he grew up in New Jersey and get the spotlight as a franchise player he covets. He and Kristaps Porzingis would form a dynamic young tandem.

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But Anthony doesn't want that to go down, evidently, and that could make trading him difficult. The Rockets don't have much to offer after already parting with so much to land Chris Paul.

If Anthony does end up leaving the East, it would be yet another star departing the conference. Though the Knicks weren't good last year, Anthony going to the West would make the East slightly weaker.

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Wizards at Raptors: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards at Raptors: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday afternoon.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT TORONTO RAPTORS

Where: Air Canada Centre
Tip-off: 3:30 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 3 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Will Wall play?

The Wizards could play at the Raptors without their star point guard for the second time this season. John Wall was limited against the Miami Heat on Friday night due to fluid buildup in his left knee and his status is up in the air. The Wizards have a back-to-back set with the Raptors on Sunday and the Bucks on Monday and it would not be a surprise if he missed one of those games.

If Wall can't go against the Raptors, the Wizards will again rely heavily on Tim Frazier. Tomas Satoransky should get some burn, but also look for Bradley Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up. Head coach Scott Brooks had them generate the offense at times in the first meeting between the teams and it worked well enough to earn them a win. 

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Defense will get a good test

The biggest reason the Wizards are 4-1 in their past five games is their defense. In each of those outings they have held their opponents to under 100 points. In Toronto, however, they will see a better offensive team than they did in any of their previous five games.

The Raptors can score with the best of them. They rank third in the NBA in points per game (111.1) and third in offensive rating (113.2). They have the second-best team field goal percentage (48.7) and are tied for 10th in three-pointers made per game (10.9). DeMar DeRozan leads the charge. He's averaging 24.7 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Last time these teams played, the Wizards held DeRozan to 8-for-21 from the field.

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Raptors have some injuries

Toronto won't be feeling sorry for Wall and the Wizards. They have their own injuries to worry about, most notably with Serge Ibaka who like Wall has a swollen left knee. Ibaka missed Friday night's win over the Knicks and is questionable for Sunday's matchup.

Beyond Ibaka, the Raptors are also missing point guard Delon Wright, who is out with a dislocated shoulder. Shooting guard Norman Powell could also miss Sunday's game with a hip pointer. He has been out in three straight games.

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The NBA wants to end the one-and-done rule and the timing is right

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The NBA wants to end the one-and-done rule and the timing is right

The NBA is building momentum towards a significant change in their draft entry rules. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken about his preference to change the so-called one-and-done rule and on Thursday he met with the newly created Commission on College Basketball in Washington, D.C. to discuss the subject.

The meeting was first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who says the league could once again let high school players be drafted. The compromise could be a rule requiring those who go to college to stay for at least two years. That would be similar to Major League Baseball, which stipulates three years of college.

Would a similar rule be a good idea for the NBA? While the players' union would like the option to go straight from high school, there was a reason the one-and-done rule was implemented in the 2006 collective bargaining agreement. The perception back then was that players left for the NBA too early and many flamed out because of it. The thought was that some players would have had better careers if they were older and more experienced when they became professionals.

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Darius Miles, Kwame Brown, Eddy Curry and Sebastian Telfair are notorious cases of draft busts who came out of high school. Many wondered if those guys would have been better off with a year in college to adjust to life on their own and with an intermediary step up in competition.

But there are important differences in the NBA's structure nowadays. Now there is a robust minor league system with G-League affiliates all over the country. There are also two-way contracts, allowing teams to pay more money to a prospect and have more flexibility in bringing them up to the NBA. Players don't have to adjust as quickly as they used to.

The G-League is going to continue to expand and the perception keeps changing. Now, it is more common to see players have a stint in the G-League either for development purposes or injury rehabilitation. Player development of baseball players is different, but the MLB's well-established minor league system is the reason why their rule allowing high school players to go pro really works.

The one year in college under the one-and-done rule, however, does have some positives. Most notably, it allows NBA teams to get a better read on draft prospects. Instead of evaluating guys exclusively in high school and AAU, they get to see them play in the ACC, SEC and other big college conferences.

NBA front offices may be hurt by it, but the time is right to go back to high school players entering the pros. Things are much different than they were in 2006 and the league can handle it. Ending the one-and-done rule would be better for the players and it should also make a lot of college basketball fans happy.

That is the good of what the NBA is considering, however, the rule requiring two years of college should not be part of the equation. If the NBA wants to grant some freedom, then actually do it. Some players may need just one year of college and nothing more. Don't punish them for it.

The two-year requirement seems like a very bad idea, but it could be part of the deal. Either way, it seems like the one-and-done rule could come to an end sooner than later and it's for the best.

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