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Hornets sale not dead yet, just world’s slowest transaction


Yesterday we passed along a New York Daily News report that the sale of the New Orleans Hornets was dead, but that may just have been wishful New York thinking about ways to get Chris Paul.

Turns out the deal is not dead… dragging out forever, sure. But not dead.

J. Michael Falgoust of the USA Today tweeted that sale is not dead. That was followed by a report out of the Times-Picyune saying the same thing.

Hornets’ owner George Shinn had an agreement in principle to sell the team to minority owner Gary Chouest, but they have been working on a deal since before April (the first time we heard of it). Since then the talks have dragged on and on and on. But the signs are still there.

This could go down in the coming weeks, although if it dragged out another two months nobody would be shocked.

Still the signs are there. The Hornets played a game the other day and no member of the Shinn family — the owners of the team — was there. But Gary Chouest was.

This could be what the Hornets need to keep Chris Paul — Chouest is a billionaire who could come in and be willing to spend to get the kind of players the Hornets need to keep CP3 happy and in town.

Or not, may be he turns around and trades him. We don’t know what kind of owner he will be, all we know is he is in the mix.

Carmelo Anthony says he can play at high level 4-5 more years

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Carmelo Anthony can flat-out score the rock — that has never been the question. Even hurting last season for many of the 40 games he played, he averaged 24.2 points a game, had a true shooting percentage of 53.1 percent (right near the league average) while having the entire weight of the Knicks offense on his shoulders (32.2 usage rate, fifth highest in the NBA). When people (or players) talk about him being overrated, the discussion turns to defense or if he makes his teammates better. But there should be no doubt Anthony is an elite scorer.

He thinks he will be for a while longer — like another five years. Via Ian Begley of ESPN:

In fact, the 31-year-old Knicks star is confident that he can play at a high level for the next “four or five years.”

“Without a doubt. Without a doubt,” Anthony said after the Knicks’ final training camp practice on Saturday.

The Knicks better hope that’s true, they already made that bet with that massive five-year contract they gave him last summer.

Anthony’s age combined with him coming off knee surgery have a lot of people — myself included — expecting him to take a step back. Not a big one, but he is coming up at the point in his career where some open shots he used to get are now contested because he’s half-a-step slower, and some of those looks don’t fall as often. His jumper isn’t suddenly going to look like Rajon Rondo‘s, ‘Melo is going to get his points, but he may not be as efficient.

Fortunately, the Knicks have an improved supporting cast around him this season. That should take some offensive load off his shoulders, and maybe the Knicks offense will see better ball movement and start to resemble the triangle. If it’s just more isolation Anthony, it’s not going to be pretty.

Kings pick up option on G Ben McLemore

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento have picked up the 2016-17 option on guard Ben McLemore‘s contract.

General manager Vlade Divac announced the move Saturday.

McLemore was Sacramento’s first-round pick in 2013. He averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season.