There are 15 players — and maybe more — who would be changing teams if the proposed Carmelo Anthony trade moves out of its current state of limbo and becomes reality.
That’s a lot of players, and the Anthony trade has become a dam, holding up a number of other smaller trades, according to multiple reports.
FanHouse’s Chris Tomasson and ESPN’s Marc Stein have confirmed that Denver has already started having discussions of a secondary trade with Portland. That deal would send point guard Devin Harris (who the Nuggets would get as part of the Anthony deal) to Portland for either Andre Miller or Nicolas Batum (who Denver covets but Portland has said is not available, although tossing in a high first-round draft pick could change things according to ESPN).
In addition to Anthony there are a number of players from several teams that likely will be moved whether or not they are a part of this deal. So long as the Anthony deal hangs on the whims of the patient Nuggets front office, so does the fate of all these other players.
And at some point not everybody is going to be as patient.
I like the Knicks’ offseason moves. Well, not blowing the meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge before it ever started — you say the right things and take him to a nice dinner because that is the kind of elite player you need to try to land. Take the meeting.
However, bringing in Robin Lopez and Arron Afflalo were smart pickups, and I like the Kristaps Porzingis draft pick more than many (although we need a couple of years to see how good he will really be). Combine that with a healthy Carmelo Anthony and…
The Knicks suck less. They aren’t good, but they aren’t embarrassing. And that is step one, as I discuss with Jenna Corrado in this latest PBT Extra.
So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.
The Knicks coach has deflected questions.
But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.
And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.
Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?