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Carmelo Anthony thought he’d get traded during season, now his Knicks future ‘all on me’

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Carmelo Anthony recently said there was an “opportunity” of being dealt from the Knicks to Clippers before the trade deadline. But what did that mean? Any potential Anthony trade is complicated by needing the approval of three parties:

  • Knicks
  • Another team
  • Anthony, who holds a no-trade clause

But maybe there was significant headway toward a deal, to L.A. or otherwise. At least Anthony says he thought there was.

 

Ian Begley of ESPN:

If Anthony thought he’d be elsewhere, that means he thought he’d waive his no-trade clause — a telling admission, considering Anthony has always said he wouldn’t allow a trade (though he left open the door to change his mind).

It’ll still take the right circumstances. Anthony won’t approve a trade just anywhere.

But this makes an Anthony trade this offseason appear for more likely, especially because the Knicks are reportedly committed to dealing him.

So, what’s the next step?

 

Mike Vorkunov:

Anthony keeps giving ominous statements about his future in New York. This one doesn’t require quite as much reading between the lines, though it is vague on its face.

Sure, the Knicks wanted to win this season. But were they truly committed to it? Their main priorities seemed to be driving out Anthony and installing the triangle offense.

It’s hard to see a meaningful change in direction while Phil Jackson remains in charge.

But, remember, it seemed likely a couple years ago Anthony would leave the Knicks for a better team in free agency. He toured and drew plenty of interest. But when push came to shove, Anthony re-signed with New York on a near-max contract.

If Anthony really wants to prioritize winning rather than just talk about it himself, at some point, he’ll have to exit the world’s largest market. It seems the Knicks, with Kristaps Porzingis ascending, are ready to move on. Is Anthony?

As he said, it’s all on him.

Robin Lopez and T.J. Warren exchange contact, heated words (video)

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Robin Lopez whacked T.J. Warren in the head while chasing an offensive rebound. Warren didn’t like that, so he ran to the opposite end of the court and shoved Lopez to the floor. A heated confrontation ensued, though it didn’t escalate beyond yelling.

Warren received a flagrant foul, and Lopez was hit with a technical in the Suns’ 113-105 win over the Bulls.

Lakers blow 5-on-1 fastbreak (video)

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Corey Brewer is better at finishing fastbreaks than leading them.

Nice defense by Emmanuel Mudiay, too.

But at least the Lakers won.

Did Reggie Jackson distract Jimmy Butler into missing game-tying free throw? (video)

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With the Timberwolves trailing the Pistons by three and 6.2 seconds left, Jimmy Butler drew a foul on a 3-pointer.

Butler made the first two free throws then, just before he got the ball for the third, Reggie Jackson interrupted to talk to Stanley Johnson, who was in rebounding position. Butler missed the free throw, and Detroit won 100-97 after an intentional foul.

Butler said Jackson didn’t affect him, but Butler’s side eye during the delay at least appeared to speak loudly.

Bulls’ Kris Dunn dunks on T.J. Warren after savvy/explosive halfcourt drive (video)

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Kris Dunn had a nice weekend – 39 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Hornets and lost to the Suns – punctuated by this dunk in Chicago’s 113-105 loss to the Suns last night.

T.J. Warren paid the price for Tyler Ulis overplaying a Robin Lopez screen Dunn cleverly never used.