Michael Carter-Williams

Michael Carter-Williams confident 76ers won’t trade him

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Not many teams would even consider trading the reigning Rookie of the Year. Would the 76ers actually do it?

From the jump, that rumor was unlikely to come to fruition. But I thought, if there were one team crazy enough to do it, it’d be Philadelphia.

The 76ers have been historically aggressive in rebuilding/tanking. They’re attempting to assemble a roster full of good players by drafting them while the players they’ve already acquired are still bad enough to land a spot high in the lottery. Soon, Carter-Williams will be good enough to lift them higher in the standings and that window for drafting elite talent will start to close. Maybe the 76ers want to keep it open a little longer – and trading Carter-Williams for a future draft pick would accomplish that.

Plus, it’s possible Carter-Williams’ stock never gets higher. He completely exceed expectations this season, and although some of that is due to Carter-Williams being better than expected, he might be due for a regression to the mean. With three seasons left on his rookie contract, potential trade partners would also covet his low salary.

Long story short, I saw the logic for – and consequently, the possibility of – the 76ers trading him.

Carter-Williams did not.

As transcribed by CSN Philly:

“I didn’t even pay any attention to it,” Carter-Williams told the WIP morning show on Wednesday. “I have a great relationship with the coaches and the GM here, you know, I’m pretty confident that I’m not going anywhere for a little while. So, yeah, I heard it and I didn’t really pay any attention to it.”

At face value, Carter-Williams’ words don’t mean much. Plenty of players possessing great relationships with their coaches and general manager get traded. The NBA is too cutthroat for those relationships to completely prevent trades.

But there might be an implied extra layer to Carter-Williams’ statement. If his great relationship with Brett Brown and Sam Hinkie meant one of them told him he wouldn’t be traded, Carter-Williams can feel relatively safe. I doubt they’d outright lie to him, though a misinterpretation is possible.

If Carter-Williams is remaining with the 76ers, that means preparing for next season with them. Unfortunately, his shoulder surgery might slow him into July.

Tom Moore of Calkins Media:

https://twitter.com/tmoore76ers/status/474321694866173952

Carter-Williams has plenty of time to catch up during training camp, the preseason and even the regular season. It’s doubtful the 76ers are ready to leave the lottery next year – even if they keep Carter-Williams.

Charles Barkley hung out with King Cake Baby to celebrate his birthday (VIDEO)

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One of the New Orleans Pelicans mascots is a Pelican. His name is Pierre, and after a makeover he’s looking pretty normal these days. But the Pelicans also have a second mascot of sorts. His name is King Cake Baby — named after the Mardi Gras pastry — and he’s horrifying.

So when you have an NBA All-Star Game in town, what do you do? Trot out a giant baby mascot to mix in with the league’s elite, of course.

Or at least have him bother Charles Barkley on his birthday:

Ok it’s actually weirder that Kenny Smith wanted to see what was under King Cake Baby’s bib. I can never unsee that.

Vlade Divac on DeMarcus Cousins trade: “I had a better deal two days ago”

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The DeMarcus Cousins trade to the New Orleans Pelicans just gets weirder and weirder.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Sacramento Kings GM Vlade Divac said that he had a more appetizing deal on the table for the All-Star center. Why didn’t they take it?

Divac would not say:

Perhaps even more confusing is that Divac said that owner Vivek Ranadive did not have input on the trade process. That seems highly unlikely, given how hands-on Ranadive has been in the past regarding keeping Cousins.

“[Ranadive] didn’t have any idea,” Divac said of the trade. “I just told him what I was going to do.”

Let’s cut right to the chase here: this makes no sense.

First, because ownership in the NBA always has some kind of contact on trades, if only as a heads up. When it comes to franchise players, I’m hard-pressed to believe Ranadive wasn’t involved.

Meanwhile, what explanation could possibly be given for not pulling the trigger on a deal Divac admits was better than the one he got from New Orleans? That would appear to imply outside pressure not to take the better of the two trades, which again would point to Ranadive.

The offer from the Pelicans was one that Ranadive has reportedly been a big fan of, particularly because he feels that Buddy Hield is has the potential to be in the range of Stephen Curry.

That’s a lot to unpack.

Then we have to get to the Kings and their press release, which takes an unsubtle potshot at Cousins with regard to his character:

“It was time for a change and I decided this was the best direction for the organization, said Divac. “Winning begins with culture and character matters. With the upcoming draft class set to be one of the strongest in a decade, this trade will allow us to build the depth needed for a talented and developing roster moving forward.”

Ah, ok. Couple that with Kings play-by-play announcer Grant Napear going nuclear on Cousins moments after he was traded and you’ve got an extremely confusing, bad looking coming out of Northern California.

The Kings are a mess.

Rumor: Kings owner sees Buddy Hield having Stephen Curry potential

World guard Buddy Hield (24) of the New Orleans Pelicans (24) goes to the basket against U.S. guard Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns during the Rising Stars Challenge, part of the NBA All-Star events in New Orleans, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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The Sacramento Kings made one of the more disastrous trades we’ve seen in recent years involving a superstar player. They traded DeMarcus Cousins — franchise center who sometimes torpedoes his own team with his temper — for a sharp-shooting rookie, a first round pick that sits outside the top 3, and a player they already traded away and are apparently unlikely to keep long term. Gross.

This is not going over well with Kings fans, but it is said to be sitting well with Sacramento owner Vivek Ranadive.

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Ah, what?

Hield was an excellent scorer in college, and has the kind of range that makes him a prime candidate for the type of offenses being developed in the modern NBA. But that’s where the reasonable comparisons end for him and Curry. Come on.

For one, Hield is a true shooting guard. No part of his game is crafted to be the primary ball handler at an NBA level. He’s not the passer Stephen Curry is, nor was he even as good at that as Klay Thompson was in college.

It’s OK that the Kings like Hield in a vacuum. Within context it appears they’ve sold themselves on something patently ridiculous. We’ve never seen a player in Curry’s mold before. Hoping an incomparable player somehow matches up with his talent and skill set — and trading away Cousins because of it — is wild.

Sacramento is going to be bad. Call a Kings fan today, tell them you love them. They need you now more than ever.

Stephen Curry tries to pass off backboard to himself (VIDEO)

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NEW ORLEANS — LeBron James can do it.

Stephen Curry? Not so much.

The Golden State Warriors PG tried to pull the Trady McGrady in Sunday’s All-Star Game but found himself coming up just a little short.