We told you last week the Knicks have made a priority of finding a backup point guard for Raymond Felton, who is logging heavy minutes (38.6 per game) and is their only true quality point guard (sorry Toney Douglas).
How about Sebastian Telfiar?
According to Jonathon Abrams with the New York Times the Knicks have had multiple discussions with the Timberwolves about Telfair.
Minnesota is hesitant right now, until they see how the recently returned Jonny Flynn is going to hold up. Also, the Wolves have had teams calling about Luke Ridnour and if they move him they need to keep Telfair (or get another point guard back).
Telfair is set to make $2.7 million this season on a one-year deal, so the Knicks would not be tied up for future seasons. Telfair can dish the ball and hit the three and is playing nearly 22 minutes a game in Minnesota. He’s no perfect fit for the Knicks but he’s better than what they’ve got.
If you were looking for salary matches to make the deal, either Kelenna Azubuike or a combination of Anthony Randolph and Toney Douglas (or Roger Mason) would do the job.
Kevin Durant playing the Thunder invites extra emotions.
Russell Westbrook felt them – in the form of a flagrant foul by Warriors center Zaza Pachulia, who stood over Westbrook for emphasis.
Pachulia is really embracing his role doing the dirty work for star-studded Golden State.
That rumor No. 1 pick Ben Simmons won’t play this season?
It just won’t die.
Even after Simmons tried to quash it, even after the 76ers’ CEO outright denied it, even after Simmons returned to practice, even in an otherwise optimistic report.
Chris Haynes of ESPN:
76ers rookie forward Ben Simmons could make his much-anticipated NBA debut shortly after the All-Star break, league sources told ESPN.
Barring a setback in his recovery, sources say the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft has a chance to take the hardwood near March. There still remains the possibility Simmons sits the entire season, sources said, but his situation will continue to be thoroughly evaluated throughout his comeback quest.
76ers coach Brett Brown said there’s “no chance” Simmons plays in Philadelphia’s nationally televised game against the Rockets next week. Other than that, there isn’t much clarity.
It mostly sounds as if Simmons is still too far from returning to say something definitive.
The Hornets did so much right in their 107-85 win over the Trail Blazers, even a bad pass went through the hoop.
Roy Hibbert reacted fantastically to blunder/basket (blasket?).
Norman Powell – get out of here.
Jared Sullinger – get out of here.
Dario Saric blocked consecutive dunk attempts in the 76ers’ 94-89 win over the Raptors. Philadelphia has won seven of nine and looks suddenly revitalized.
The best part of all this? Saric’s teammates’ reactions – though the actual blocks were pretty great themselves.