As much as landing Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett legitimized the Nets as a team to be reckoned with, their trade with the Celtics was almost as important for the fact they dumped the two worst contracts on their roster — Kris Humphries (one year, $12 million) and the awful Gerald Wallace deal (three years, $30 million remaining).
However, CSNNE Celtics insider Sherrod Blakely has learned that the team may be looking to deal those two…
The Celtics currently have more players than they can keep on the active roster, thus the possibilities of trades.
It’s not going to be easy to move either of these guys, especially Wallace.
Obviously you can move the two (Boston just did), but your trading partner is going to want a sweetener. Or two. Meaning Boston is going to throw in some picks or young players, the kinds of assets they are trying to stockpile to rebuild (don’t call it tanking).
It was obvious the moment the Celtics made this trade they would try to move Humphries and Wallace. They are anchors on the rebuilding effort. It’s just not going to be that easy to find a deal that works for Boston.
Kevin Love drips snot all over his face, maybe into his mouth (video)
NEW YORK (AP) — Derrick Rose is missing the New York Knicks’ game against Cleveland because of lower back pain.
Rose left the Knicks’ victory over Miami on Tuesday in the third quarter with back spasms. Coach Jeff Hornacek says Rose still felt sore on Wednesday when he came in and met with team doctors, so they sent him for an MRI exam to make sure there was no structural damage.
Rose is averaging 16.7 points and this is the first game he’s missed this season.
Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins have just been SUED over the nightclub brawl at Avenue in NYC this week … with the alleged victims claiming they were brutalized by the NBA stars.
According to the lawsuit filed in NYC, Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell claim they were innocently hanging out when Barnes approached Jasmine and began to choke her.
In the suit, Powell says he saw the attack and tried to intervene but that’s when Cousins stepped in and punched him in the face.
At that point, Barnes allegedly released Jasmine’s neck and elbowed her in the face — knocking her unconscious. Myrone claims he was taken to the ground and Barnes and Cousins proceeded to kick and punch him in the head and body.
A rep for the alleged victims calls the incident a “vicious and unprovoked attack” And says Cousins’ initial blow was a “blindside punch.”
The rep also says the two were transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where they were treated for “serious injuries.”
It’s important to remember there’s no burden of proof for filing a lawsuit. This is not an indication of Barnes’ and Cousins’ liability or guilt. As of last update, police are still investigating, and Barnes’ attorney has said his client was cooperating.