Anthony only the latest to be featured in Knick rumors

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Pick an All-Star. Any All-Star.

Okay, are you ready? The Knicks want him. Badly. And they are going to wait as long as it takes for him to become a free agent, and then sign him.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get to the specifics. Specific as in an actual name and an actual date, but less so in the legitimately confirmed interest in a player that may not even be available at all in circumstances that could be significantly altered all during what could be a lockout crisis. But none of that really matters, right?

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

LeBron James this summer, Carmelo Anthony next summer? The Knicks actually are in position to work the 2010-2011 superstar exacta if things fall a certain way. Anthony, who headlines the 2011 free-agent class, visits the Garden
tonight with the powerhouse Nuggets, looking to duplicate the 50 points
he hung on the Knicks in Denver on Nov. 28 in a 128-125 win.

Knicks president Donnie Walsh has been on a campaign to alert the
team’s fans that all the cap room does not have to be filled this July,
when the Knicks have space to sign two maximum free agents. If they sign one maximum guy such as James or Joe Johnson and
re-sign David Lee, they’ll probably be in position to have enough room
for another maximum player in 2011, with Eddy Curry’s $12M coming off
the books after next season.

Gordon Hayward goes behind Jordan Clarkson’s back with dribble

Gordon Hayward, Nick Young
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Utah’s Gordon Hayward abused the Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson on this play.

First, Hayward reads and steals Clarkson’s poor feed into the post intended for Kobe Bryant, then going up the sideline he takes his dribble behind Clarkson’s back to keep going. It all ends in a Rudy Gobert dunk.

Three quick takeaways here:

1) Gordon Hayward is a lot better than many fans realize. He can lead this team.

2) It’s still all about the development with Clarkson, and that’s going to mean some hard lessons.

3) Hayward may have the best hair in the NBA, even if it’s going a bit Macklemore.

(Hat tip reddit)

Could Tristan Thompson’s holdout last months? Windhorst says yes.

2015 NBA Finals - Game Five

VIZZINI: “So, it is down to you. And it is down to me.”
MAN IN BLACK nods and comes nearer…
MAN IN BLACK: “Perhaps an arrangement can be reached.”
VIZZINI: “There will be no arrangement…”
MAN IN BLACK: “But if there can be no arrangement, then we are at an impasse.”

That farcical scene from The Princess Bride pretty much sums up where we are with the Tristan Thompson holdout with the Cleveland Cavaliers, minus the Iocane powder. (Although that scene was a battle of wits in the movie and this process seems to lack much wit.) The Cavaliers have put a five-year, $80 million offer on the table. Thompson wants a max deal (or at least a more than has been offered), but he also doesn’t want to play for the qualifying offer and didn’t sign it. LeBron James just wants the two sides just to get it done.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN thinks LeBron could be very disappointed.

Windhorst was on the Zach Lowe podcast at Grantland (which you should be listening to anyway) and had this to say about the Thompson holdout:

“I actually believe it will probably go months. This will go well into the regular season.”

Windhorst compared it to a similar situation back in 2007 with Anderson Varejao, which eventually only broke because the then Charlotte Bobcats signed Varejao to an offer sheet. Thompson is a restricted free agent, meaning the Cavaliers can match any offer, but only Portland and Philadelphia have the cap space right now to offer him a max contract. Neither team has shown any interest in doing so.

And so we wait. And we may be waiting a while.