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Report: Carmelo Anthony wants to talk to Pau Gasol about playing together – with Knicks


Kobe Bryant planned to join Carmelo Anthony’s meeting with the Lakers today.

But Kobe was just a little too slow.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

I think the Knicks really care about getting the last meeting. Melo doesn’t have to grant that, but it might be a little unbecoming – depending on what he’s assured New York – if he meets with Kobe afterward.

Whatever. Melo can play by his own rules. If Melo needs to justify it to himself, Kobe is not a team. He’s a friend.

However, if Kobe were going to tilt Melo toward the Lakers and away from the expected Knicks, the ripple effects might have been big. Now, Melo is trying to poach Kobe’s top teammate.

If he follows Melo to the Knicks, Gasol could get only the non-taxpayer exception – $10,276,530 over three years. He’s reportedly seeking a similar salary in single season.

Maybe Gasol really wants to reunite with Phil Jackson or play in the Big Apple, but the Knicks are still a borderline playoff team even with him.

That’s a tough sell for Melo to make.

But if he shows up to pitch Gasol on time, he’s at least doing better than Kobe.

Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs

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Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:

It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.

Report: Trevor Booker suspended one game for Hibbert altercation

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On Tuesday night, Jazz big man Trevor Booker was ejected from a preseason game against the Lakers for taking a swing at Roy Hibbert during a scrap.

Now, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Booker will be suspended one game for the hit, meaning he’ll miss the Jazz’ October 28 season opener against the Pistons:

Considering he was already ejected, a one-game suspension seems about right.