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Durant Drops 59 on LeBron in Melo League

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

The Melo League defeated the Goodman League by a final score of 149-141 at Morgan State University on Tuesday.

Kevin Durant scored 59 points with LeBron James guarding him for most of the night. James scored 42 points and teammate Carmelo Anthony had 27. Chris Paul, Mario Chalmers, Gary Neal and Josh Selby were also on the Melo League.

Durant’s Washington-based Goodman League also had Jeff Green, Austin Day, Jarrett Jack and Roger Mason.

The game attracted an overflow crowd at the 4,500-seat gym.

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Thaddeus Young Talking with Chinese Teams

Thaddeus Young has received attention from teams in China, according to his agent Jim Tanner.

Thaddeus Young

Thaddeus Young

“I have been contacted by multiple teams in China expressing very serious interest in having Thaddeus Young play in their league this season,” Tanner said. “I have discussed this with Thad and he is intrigued by the possibility of playing in China if the lockout continues and has asked me to further explore these opportunities. At this point, our conversations with the teams have been preliminary but we are continuing to talk and to do our due diligence on each option.”

Young is a restricted free agent.

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DeJuan Blair to Sign with Russian Team?

DeJuan Blair

DeJuan Blair

DeJuan Blair is in serious talks to play in Russia during the NBA lockout, according to sources.

Blair would be eligible to return to the NBA when a deal is reached.

A deal can be agreed upon within the week.

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Wilson Chandler Signs with Zhejiang Guangsha

Wilson Chandler said he has signed a contract with the Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association, a move that would essentially preclude him from participating in the 2011-12 NBA season if the lockout ends and the games begin.

Wilson Chandler

Wilson Chandler

The Chinese Basketball Association will not allow players with existing contracts to sign with its teams, so playing in China is only an option for free agents such as Chandler, a restricted free agent who finished the 2010-11 season with the Denver Nuggets.

In addition, the CBA will not allow escape clauses that would allow players to leave the Chinese league in the event the NBA resumes operations. So Chandler would not be a part of the NBA if the season begins on time or even with an abbreviated schedule starting in January or February.

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FBI, Police Still Looking for Javaris Crittenton

Javaris Crittenton

Javaris Crittenton

The FBI is helping police in both Atlanta and Los Angeles in their search for Javaris Crittenton.

Crittenton is wanted on a murder charge in the death of Jullian Jones.

Atlanta police spokesman Sgt. Curtis Davenport said Crittenton was not in custody as of Sunday afternoon. He declined further comment.

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Patty Mills to Sign with Melbourne Tigers

Patty Mills

Patty Mills

Patty Mills will sign with the Melbourne Tigers, according to a report out of Australia.

Mills will likely return to the Blazers when the NBA resolves its lockout.

Mills has been subject to European offers, Basketball Australia declared it would help NBL clubs sign Mills.

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High-Level CBA Meeting Scheduled Next Week

A high-level meeting of top negotiators for both the players and owners will take place next week, a person with knowledge of the meeting revealed today.

Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher

The plan is to limit the number of people in the room, with commisioner David Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver, union chief Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher, the person said. Also possibly in attendance could be Spurs owner Peter Holt, the chairman of the owners’ labor relations committee.

The two sides want to limit the amount of attention given to the talks.

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Wilson Chandler to Sign with Olimpia Milano

Wilson Chandler

Wilson Chandler

Wilson Chandler has agreed to a contract with Olimpia Milano, according to sources.

The deal will run until at least the end of the Euroleague first stage when both parties will reevaluate the situation considering where the NBA is at with its lockout.

Chandler, who is a restricted free agent, will make approximately $500,000.

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Knicks Close to Hiring Mike Woodson

Mike Woodson

Mike Woodson

The Knicks are close to adding Mike Woodson to their coaching staff as their defensive assistant.

The move could be formalized by next week, according to sources.

Woodson was recommended by Isiah Thomas, who is a long-time friend and has consulted Jim Dolan since leaving his position as president.

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Cavs to Retire Zydrunas Ilgauskas’s Jersey

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

After the first few years of Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ career it looked like number 11 would never leave the bench, when the NBA Lockout is lifted the number 11 will never leave Quicken Loans Arena.

According to lithuaniabasketball.com, Big Z’s number 11 jersey will be hanging from the rafters as soon as the former Cavalier big man retires.

Reports started coming out after the Cavs’ number one draft pick, Kyrie Irving, asked to wear number 11 in the wine and gold. Irving was told that number was slated to be retired and couldn’t wear it.

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