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The Rockets completed a trade on Friday, sending Ryan Anderson to the Suns for Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss. Houston saves a little luxury tax bread this season and potentially a lot next year if they soon decline Chriss’ fourth-year option (which they probably should). The move also shuffles the guard rotation, putting Knight likely ahead of Michael Carter-Williams, and adds another potential forward body in Chriss for Mike D’Antoni to try.

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Los Angeles made a big move in their quest to move towards the top of the West.

The Los Angeles Lakers are on a mission to catch up with the top of the Western Conference, and on Saturday morning they took a sizable step towards accomplishing that goal. Los Angeles is finalizing a buyout with forward Luol Deng, who has two years and $36.8 million remaining on his contract.

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Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau is confident the organization will sign center Karl-Anthony Towns to a contract extension.

According to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, Thibodeau said he is "very optimistic" that the T-Wolves will ink Towns to a long-term deal.

"We know how important Karl is to the future of the organization," Thibodeau added.

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What the Lakers and Knicks do with their aging veterans could be the difference in a loaded free agency pool next summer.

Lakers forward Luol Deng and Knicks center Joakim Noah are two different players connected by one tricky set of financial circumstances. Both were handed exorbitant contracts in the summer of 2016, and both haven’t lived up to the salary they seized at the tail end of their careers.

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Manu Ginobili has retired from the NBA after 16 incredible seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. While Ginobili flirted with retirement for years, it didn’t seem the day would ever actually come. And even as his career reached it’s final stage, he had fleeting moments of success making it still beautiful watching him play.

Why do we love watching Ginobili? Some of it is nostalgia, of course. He’s 40 years old and has amassed a large number of accolades and highlight reels, so half of the joy of watching him now is recollecting those glory days. It’s not that the Ginobili of today lives in the shadow of his former self. He is more of an afterimage that we use to access the emotions that the younger Ginobili made us feel.

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