NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Knicks have shipped injured forward Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks in a deal involving seven players and two draft picks. The Mavs also receive guards Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee, while the Knicks get Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and two future first-round picks. The Knicks made the surprising move after saying Porzingis requested a trade earlier today.
NEW YORK (AP) – Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook is among the 14 players selected as reserves for the NBA All-Star game set for Feb. 17 in Charlotte. Joining Westbrook in the Western Conference player pool are San Antonio big man LaMarcus Aldridge, New Orleans forward-center Anthony Davis, Denver center Nikola Jokic , Portland guard Damian Lillard, Golden State guard Klay Thompson and Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns. The Eastern Conference reserve pool consists of Milwaukee forward Khris Middleton, Philadelphia swingman Ben Simmons and Orlando center Nikola Vucevic, along with Washington guard Bradley Beal, Detroit forward Blake Griffin, Toronto guard Kyle Lowry and injured Indiana guard Victor Oladipo.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) – Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love took part in a full contact practice yesterday and could be days away from returning to the lineup. Love played just four games this season before undergoing surgery on his left foot in late October. Coach Larry Drew said Love “moved really well, shot the basketball well.”
DENVER (AP) – Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado will make $26 million this season after accepting the largest one-year salary for an arbitration-eligible player. Arenado broke the mark set by Josh Donaldson, who worked out a $23 million deal with the Blue Jays before last season. The six-time Gold Glove winner is a career .291 hitter with 186 home runs, 616 RBIs and an .886 OPS.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A federal judge has rejected arguments by two New Orleans Saints season ticket holders who filed suit against the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell for the league’s handling of a non-call by officials during the NFC championship game against the Los Angeles Rams. The non-call caused the Saints to settle for a tiebreaking field goal late in the fourth quarter, but the Rams tied it in the waning seconds of regulation before winning in overtime. The lawsuit argued that the league should invoke a rule allowing Goodell to order a redo of the game due to “extraordinarily unfair acts.”