If history has taught us one thing, it is that we will not know where Carlos Boozer is going to play basketball next year until he actually signs a contract. And the league approves it. And even then it’s like 95 percent he plays there the next year.
Boozer’s current team — the Utah Jazz — wants to be in the conversation. So according to Ross Siler of the the Salt Lake Tribune all the parties sat down and talked yesterday.
For the first time since the controversy of last summer, Jazz chief executive Greg Miller met in person Wednesday with Rob Pelinka, the agent for Carlos Boozer.
Also present were Jazz president Randy Rigby and general manager Kevin O’Connor, though Miller was believed to have done most of the talking. The meeting in Utah was said to have been “very, very positive” between the sides.
This is a nice gesture, signifying nothing. We don’t know if the Jazz are serious or just going through the motions to appease Deron Williams and the fanbase. We don’t know if Boozer really wants to stay.
Pelinka is going to field a lot of calls — Miami, New York, New Jersey and others — about Boozer’s services. It will give Boozer the chance to compare quality of life in various cities, chances to win a ring, where he feels comfortable and…
Who are we kidding? It will come down to the money. It always comes down to the money.
Ryan Anderson‘s girlfriend, Gia Allemand, committed suicide in 2014. I can’t even imagine having to handle that.
But it seems Anderson has found happiness.
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:
Carmelo Anthony said he’d consider waiving his no-trade clause if the Knicks want to rebuild, which could be welcome news considering that’s what Phil Jackson reportedly wants to do.
But, after letting the trade deadline pass without a move, New York must convince Anthony of a plan — any plan — before getting him onboard.
Ian Begley of ESPN:
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony said he doesn’t understand management’s vision for the future after the club’s inactivity at Thursday’s trade deadline.
“No, not now. No, to be honest with you,” Anthony said late Thursday night. “I think they were kind of planning on the trade deadline, whether they were trying to make moves. I think that was one plan. Now they’ve got to get back to the drawing board and come up with another plan about the future of this team.”
It seems the Knicks want to rebuild around Kristaps Porzingis, but they’re already down another road with long-term money tied to Anthony (32), Joakim Noah (31), Courtney Lee (31) and Lance Thomas (28). There’s no simple way to pivot into a new direction — especially with Anthony possessing a no-trade clause.
Maybe Anthony will never waive it, but appears the Knicks continue to approach this the worst way possible.
Of all the players the Knicks could have shed at the trade deadline — including Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Courtney Lee, Brandon Jennings and Kyle O'Quinn — New York is losing the one it values most.
Kristaps Porzingis sprained his ankle in the Knicks’ loss to the Cavaliers last night, but at least it doesn’t sound too serious.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
The Knicks — 23-35, five games and four teams out of playoff position — were already going nowhere. Now, they’ll be a little less watchable while going nowhere.
As long as there are no lasting effects or indications of Porzingis being especially susceptible to injury, this is no big deal.
JaVale McGee hasn’t liked Shaquille O’Neal targeting him, and the Warriors center sure disliked the above video.
Due to the All-Star break, there was no fresh content for Shaqtin’ A Fool. So, TNT ran that spoof video with Shaq mocking McGee lowlights.
After Golden State beat the Clippers, McGee and Shaq engaged on Twitter:
And attention was received by all.