Kurt Helin

PBT Extra: Joel Embiid, Rudy Gobert were biggest All-Star Game snubs

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There are always snubs when it comes to choosing an NBA All-Star team because there are always more players on the bubble and deserving than there are slots. (And there should be 13 slots now, not 12, but that’s a different discussion for another day.) Still, on the whole, I thought this year was better than years past because no past-his-prime player was soaking up a roster spot thanks to the fans want to see him one more time.

But there were still snubs.

In this PBT Extra, I say the two biggest were Joel Embiid in the East and Rudy Gobert in the West. You can make a case for others — Damian Lillard might top that list — but the two bigs are my guys.

Report: Knicks, Clippers seek third team for Carmelo Anthony trade; Celtics out

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Phil Jackson is looking to find a team that not only will take on Carmelo Anthony — and the 15 percent trade kicker in his contract — but one he wants to go to bad enough to waive his no-trade clause.

The Cavaliers are out. The Celtics are out.

The Clippers are at least still talking to the Cavaliers, not about a deal with Blake Griffin or any of their other big three, but with others. Instead, now the two sides are trying to find a third team to make the deal work, according to Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPN.

The New York Knicks and LA Clippers are searching for third-team facilitators to keep alive the prospect of completing a Carmelo Anthony trade, according to league sources…

The most substantive talks between the teams took place last week, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions, but have continued into this week as the Clippers have maintained a consistent interest in Anthony, who has two years and roughly $53 million remaining on his contract….

Sources said that the Knicks ‎are reluctant to absorb the three years and $42 million left on Jamal Crawford‘s contract after this season, which has led to the hunt for a third team that might be interested in Crawford. The Clippers, meanwhile, are hesitant to surrender the sharpshooting Redick even if they were at full strength in the backcourt, sources said.

What does Doc Rivers say about all this? He dodges the question.

The Clippers should not do a deal if it involves J.J. Redick. Anthony is the better all-around scorer and shot creator, but Redick is the better defender and the better fit with what the Clippers do. Chris Paul likes to work off pick-and-rolls, DeAndre Jordan rolls to the rim, Griffin is a good passer and playmaker — all of them benefit with Redick on the floor because of his spacing. Teams can’t help off of him. Plus he can run opposing defenders ragged off multiple screens. Anthony stops the ball on offense, and having him means fewer touches for CP3.

Anthony plugged in with what is really a core four in Los Angeles makes them better, but as a switch with Redick it’s questionable if the Clippers improve. Why give up other assets for a potential neutral or worse move?

And what third team wants Crawford and that contract? What sweeteners will said team require?

If I had to bet, Carmelo Anthony will end the season a Knick. Then the rumors will start up again this summer.

Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler to come off bench Friday following rant

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Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler had their say. Butler summed it up this way:

“Mother——- just got to care if we win or lose. At the end of the day, do whatever it takes to help the team win.”

Rajon Rondo had his say, calling out the “leadership” of Wade and Butler. Plenty around the team thought Rondo was right in what he said (not how he decided to say it).

The GM “admonished the players” so management had it say. But the organization was not done — Wade and Butler are not starting Friday night against Miami due to their rant, Fred Hoiberg said pregame. From Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicagoc.com.

Rondo said at shootaround he was fined by the team.

Wade and Butler both stated that they have a lot of respect for Rondo, but all parties seemed to want to move on. Butler put it best at shootaround: If the team starts winning games after this, people will credit this outburst, keep losing and they will blame it.

Either way, I wouldn’t bet on Rondo being on the Bulls much past the trade deadline, one way or another. He was likely gone pre-rant because of his play, this sealed his fate.

PBT Extra: Wade, Butler have no regrets in Chicago, mess falls on management

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Individually it’s easy to defend the choices the Chicago Bulls made this summer. While he’s a shadow of his old self and overpaid, Rajon Rondo may have been the best point guard on the market when they signed him. When a star like Dwyane Wade falls in your lap, you take advantage. But when you step back there seems to be no overall plan in Chicago.

Which is why it shouldn’t be a shock that Wade, Rondo, and Jimmy Butler are having a public argument. Of course, on Friday everyone played the row down, but nobody said they had any regrets either. This is a mess, and it all goes back to the big picture — or lack thereof — in Chicago.

I talk about all of this and the likely fallout in this latest PBT Extra.

Report: Matt Barnes to turn self in soon to NYPD for New York nightclub fight

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There were reports a month ago out of New York that police in the city were close to arresting Sacramento Kings wing Matt Barnes for what happened during an altercation at a Chelsea club where he and DeMarcus Cousins had gone. Barnes’ representative claimed any actions by Barnes were in self-defense. However, video of the incident reportedly shows Barnes as the aggressor and choking a woman, it was the argument between Barnes and this woman which started everything, according to the report. Both Barnes and Cousins have already been sued in civil court over the altercation.

Now Barnes likely will turn himself in to New York police, reports the New York Daily News.

NBA player Matt Barnes is expected to soon turn himself in on misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly assaulting a woman during a brawl at a Chelsea nightclub, police sources said Friday.

The Dec. 5 free-for-all happened at hotspot Avenue on 10th Ave. and involved Barnes, fellow Sacramento King DeMarcus Cousins and other patrons, including a woman whose argument with Barnes sparked the melee….

Police however said only Barnes, 36, is going to be charged. He is expected to travel to the city shortly, possibly as soon as next week.

Barnes likely will not have to appear in court after that, and in the majority of these criminal cases it is pled out quickly. However, the civil trial could go on for some time.