The Nets did not get Dwight Howard to pair with Deron Williams as the team heads to Brooklyn. (Although, if the Magic knew then what they know now, don’t you think they pull the trigger on that deal?)
The Nets are not good. They likely will not be good when they move into the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn next year Which means it’s going to be hard to keep Williams with the team. He can opt-out of his deal this summer and will, then he can re-sign with the Nets, head to his home town Dallas (where owner Mark Cuban has set it up so they can offer a max deal) or anywhere else he wants.
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov wants a start to market when the team moves into New York next year — that other team in the city has stars — and he said in a media session at the new building he spoke to Williams about staying. Here are his quotes, via the twitter of Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.
Prokhorov, asked again about D-Will, reveals that he met with the All-Star point guard yesterday… Prokhorov on D-Will: “He wants to win, and I want to win maybe even more
Prokhorov on Mark Cuban competing for D-Will: “Let the best man win. If he wins, I will crush him in kickboxing throwdown.”
Oh God, please let their be a Cuban vs. Prokhorov throwdown. I will pay whatever the pay-per-view fee is to see that. Do it for charity, guys — think of the children.
Prokhorov’s problem is that D-Will does want to win badly and it’s hard to see that future with the Nets short term, but it is pretty easy in Dallas or even somewhere like Indiana (which also has cap space). The Nets advantage is that Williams has enjoyed living in New York and the marketing opportunities that brings him (he has signed a deal with Red Bull, for example).
How quickly it seems the Warriors went from everybody’s second favorite team, the team you wished your team played like, to “they got lucky.”
A lot of people are down on the Warriors for some reason heading into this season, and I talk about that in the return of PBT Extra for the season. This is the first of 30 “Bold Prediction” previews looking at every NBA team, but Jenna Corrado and I decided to start it all off out West with the defending champs.
Did they get lucky with health? Yes. So did every other team ever to win an NBA title. This was the best team in the NBA last season, they brought back their entire young core, and they are the bar that needs to be cleared if any other team is going to make the NBA Finals out of the West. And I’m not convinced any other team can clear that bar.
(Keep an eye out on for me on Twitter as I ask for your bold predictions on teams for future PBT Extras.)
Carmelo Anthony trade talk has popped up multiple times this season, but the Knicks star is doing his best to shoot it down.
Ian Begley of ESPN:
Carmelo Anthony hasn’t thought about asking for a trade out of New York if things don’t go well for the Knicks this season.
“No, hell no,” Anthony said after Knicks practice on Monday. “I haven’t even – for me to get to that point and decide this is not what it’s going to be, I already came this far. That don’t even come across my mind at this point.”
This is really simple. Anthony, who has a no-trade clause and trade kicker, has huge financial incentive to get traded after this season.
So, he’ll ride out this season and then reevaluate. If the Knicks remain far from being a playoff threat, maybe he’ll request a trade next year. It’s just not worth getting traded now.
Anthony might be genuinely committed to the Knicks. Or he might realize his contract terms dictate he wait a year to express his dissatisfaction. Either way, it’d look the same, and that’s what we’re getting: Anthony saying the right things and trying to make the best of the situation.