Carmelo Anthony makes it sound like he’s not leaving New York

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Carmelo Anthony said he doesn’t really want to talk about his potential free agency next summer. I’m sure since he said that the ever so accommodating New York media will not bring it up again. I mean, it’s not like it’s the sword of Damocles hanging over the entire Knicks season or anything. (Read those last couple sentences to yourself again in a more sarcastic voice, just to make sure you got my point.)

Anthony was on Bloomberg Television’s “Market Markers” because… well, I guess he’s got some money to invest laying around. Anyway, the topic of him leaving New York and the Knicks came up and Anthony said this (transcribed by Al Iannazzone of Newsday):

“I’m not going nowhere,” Anthony said…

“That is one of the reasons why I wanted to come here to New York, just so I could take on those pressures and those challenges,” Anthony said. “A lot of people do not like to deal with the pressure. A lot of people do not know how to deal with the challenges they face. To me, it is everyday life.”

Sounds like a guy not looking to move on — which has always been the most likely outcome. Front offices and fans of other teams will dream up scenarios but in the end Anthony is anchored and not likely to bolt.

Sure, Anthony almost certainly will opt out of his current deal, but mostly get the security of a five-year contract (which the Knicks alone can offer five, other teams just four).

However, remembering all the hits to his reputation he took to force his way out of Denver to get to Manhattan, it would be hard to leave. Plus where is he going to go where he can bask in the spotlight and still win — the Lakers will have cap space but that is Kobe’s team. Dallas? That’s Dirk’s team and the lights aren’t quite as bright. We could go on down the list, but you get the idea.

For Anthony (and likely LeBron James also), they will keep their options open because things change, but in the end they are going to click their ruby red slippers together three times, say “there’s no place like home” and re-sign with their current squads.

DeMarcus Cousins barrels in for powerful putback dunk over Bucks (video)

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When DeMarcus Cousins builds up a head of steam like this… poor John Henson (and kind of Khris Middleton).

This helped the Pelicans pull away for a 115-108 win over the Bucks last night.

Enraged Jason Smith restrained from Mario Chalmers (video)

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During the Wizards’ win over the Grizzlies last night, Mario Chalmers tried to stop Jason Smith from shooting after Smith had been called for travelling. It’s a fairly common tactic, one pioneered by Kevin Garnett. Players don’t want their opponents to gain confidence by seeing the ball go through the net, even after play stops.

But Chalmers held onto Smith’s arm, and Smith took umbrage.

NBC Sports Washington:

I think it’s more likely, after halting Smith’s shot, Chalmers was trying to hold up Smith rather than yank him down. But I can’t know Chalmers’ intentions, and holding up a falling person by his arm isn’t very effective.

The double technical foul called seems about fair.

PBT Extra: Two months from trade deadline watch DeAndre Jordan and… Paul George?

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The NBA trade deadline got moved up this season to Feb. 8 so the league can avoid the spectacle of DeMarcus Cousins being traded during the All-Star Game and then doing an uncomfortable press interview afterward where he had to be told of the situation.

That means we are less than two months away from the trade deadline, and in this PBT Extra I look at the big names that could be on the market.

The Clippers seem likely to move DeAndre Jordan, the only questions are where and what will they get back? But three other teams have big decisions to make about their stars: Oklahoma City with Paul George, New Orleans with DeMarcus Cousins, and Memphis with Marc Gasol. Right now none of those guys are on the market, but that could change.

Trey Lyles dunks on Jayson Tatum then disrespects him far worse (video)

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Trey Lyles made a nice play in the Nuggets’ loss to the Celtics last night, driving by Jayson Tatum then dunking on him.

On the other hand, that swirl around Tatum’s head was not very nice at all.