Carmelo Anthony trade talk has popped up multiple times this season, but the Knicks star is doing his best to shoot it down.
Ian Begley of ESPN:
Carmelo Anthony hasn’t thought about asking for a trade out of New York if things don’t go well for the Knicks this season.
“No, hell no,” Anthony said after Knicks practice on Monday. “I haven’t even – for me to get to that point and decide this is not what it’s going to be, I already came this far. That don’t even come across my mind at this point.”
This is really simple. Anthony, who has a no-trade clause and trade kicker, has huge financial incentive to get traded after this season.
So, he’ll ride out this season and then reevaluate. If the Knicks remain far from being a playoff threat, maybe he’ll request a trade next year. It’s just not worth getting traded now.
Anthony might be genuinely committed to the Knicks. Or he might realize his contract terms dictate he wait a year to express his dissatisfaction. Either way, it’d look the same, and that’s what we’re getting: Anthony saying the right things and trying to make the best of the situation.
With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sidelined for six months, the Hornets are signing nine-year veteran Damien Wilkins.
How he got the deal is a heck of a story.
Wilkins on his blog:
I had signed a contract to play in Venezuela for this upcoming season and I was scheduled to leave for there this past Saturday, 10/3/2015. The first leg of my trip originated in Atlanta. I then fly to Charlotte for my connecting flight that is scheduled to take me to my final destination in Venezuela. I get to Charlotte and the connecting flight is delayed.
When I food finally came it was about 50 minutes until my flight was leaving. My phone rang and it was my agent, his words, “Damien! Do not get on that flight!!” He said emphatically! I asked, “so we’re a go with Charloote?” He said, “yes sir!!” I was so excited and in disbelief that I didn’t really know how to react. I don’t remember eating any of the food I ordered and I think I walked out on the bill!
My agent told me the terms of the deal and that because for now it’s a non-guarantee I’d still have lots of work to do. I told him with a great deal of confidence and excitement that the flight was cancelled and delayed and that flight crew wasn’t on time for this reason. This was all God’s work!! It’s fate. I was supposed to have been in Venezuela already but that wasn’t God’s will. I’m where I’m supposed to be. There’s no way I won’t make this team!
Click through to read the whole saga.
I’m not nearly as confident the 35-year-old who last played in the NBA in 2013 will make the regular-season roster. But, thanks to the reliability of flight schedules, he has a chance.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist‘s shoulder injury?
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
This is devastating news for the Hornets, who are trying to return to the playoffs after a disappointing season. Kidd-Gilchrist is a lockdown defender and a huge piece of this team.
Charlotte doesn’t have many great options behind him. Jeremy Lamb, Troy Daniels or P.J. Hairston would be in over their heads as starters. Marvin Williams could start at small forward with Nicolas Batum at shooting guard, but Williams is better as a small-ball power forward.
This is obviously also a huge setback for Kidd-Gilchrist individually, but at least he locked in a four-year, $52 million contract extension this summer. I think he could’ve commanded more, but this is where that security comes in handy.
There are no redeeming factors for the Hornets. They’re firmly in win-now mode, and they’ll have to do it for nearly the entire season without one of their best players.