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Report: Kurt Rambis thinks Rajon Rondo would work well in triangle for Knicks


We know Carmelo Anthony wants to try to recruit Rajon Rondo to the Knicks this summer.

Apparently he is not the only guy who thinks Rondo would be a great fit for the Knicks, he’s got coach Kurt Rambis in his corner. That according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

The Knicks are campaigning openly to see if they can find a new starting point guard next season. Carmelo Anthony lobbied for free-agent-to-be Rajon Rondo earlier in the road trip — and he will grace the Garden on Sunday, when the Kings face the Knicks. According to an NBA source, Rambis is high on Rondo and what he can do in the triangle.

A few thoughts and questions here.

Is Kurt Rambis going to be around to coach whoever is the point guard next year?

How much triangle are the Knicks going to run?

Will the Knicks still feel the same way about Rondo after getting an up-close look at him Sunday?

Jackson wants a guard who can penetrate, but Rondo doesn’t do that like he used to, in part because defenders do not respect his shot and go under every pick, playing back off him to take away the drive. It hurts the Kings’ spacing — the starters play much better when Darren Collison is subbed in for Rondo (although the sample size numbers there are very small). Rondo is putting up raw numbers this season — 11.9 points and 11.9 assists a game — but he’s not establishing an offensive flow, and his defense has slipped considerably.

Is Rondo an upgrade over Jose Calderon (who is good with being reduced to a bench role next season)? Sure. But not as much of one as some might think.

The Knicks do need a point guard this summer, but they have a lot of bigger picture questions they need to answer first.

Matt Barnes suspended one game for chasing Henson to locker room; Vasquez, Antetokounmpo, Monroe fined


Matt Barnes had to know this was coming — he chased an ejected opponent to the locker room. The league wasn’t going to let that slide.

Memphis’ Barnes has been suspended one game the league has announced, he will sit out Saturday when the already short-handed Grizzles host the Los Angeles Clippers. Frankly, Barnes should be happy it’s just one game. But even with this one game, Barnes has cleared the $100,000 in fines mark for the season.

Also, the Bucks’ Greivis Vasquez has been fined $15,000 for following Henson to the locker room. The Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greg Monroe each picked up a $10,000 fine for their roles in the incident.

You can see the incident in the video above. The game was over, there were less than 10 seconds left and Milwaukee was up by 10. The Grizzlies had the ball, but rather than dribble it out Barnes decided he was going to take one last shot, drove into the lane and took a shot — and John Henson rejected it.

Then Henson taunted Barnes, for which he was ejected.

Barnes kept complaining to the refs and, according to the NBA, using profanity for which he as assessed technicals and ejected.

Barnes chased Henson down the tunnel. Watch Grizzlies’ coach Dave Joerger try to hold Barnes and call security over.

Barnes went to the Bucks’ locker room looking for Henson, according to the league. Barnes denied that, saying he got led to the wrong locker room, but league officials did not buy that story.

Henson would not leave the Bucks’ locker room after the game until the Grizzlies’ bus left the arena.

Nets sign Sean Kilpatrick to multiyear contract

Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against the Philadelphia 76ers during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in New York. The Nets won 131-114. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have signed guard Sean Kilpatrick to a multiyear contract.

Kilpatrick has averaged 11.9 points in nine games since signing his first of two 10-day contracts on Feb. 28. He has scored in double figures in four straight games and is shooting 47 percent from 3-point range.

Players can sign two consecutive 10-day contracts, and then teams must sign them for the rest of the season if they want to keep them.

Terms of the deal announced Saturday were not disclosed.

Anthony Davis knows $24 million is on line with All-NBA Team vote; team could shut him down

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis reacts after being called for a foul as the Pelicans play the Charlotte Hornets in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
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When Anthony Davis signed his five-year extension to his rookie contract last summer, this site and virtually every other one described it as being worth $145 million.

But that figure was based on an assumption — that he would qualify for the “Derrick Rose rule” that allows for an elite young player to max out at 30 percent of the salary cap, not 25 percent. To qualify for the Rose rule, players need to meet one of these conditions:

  • Win MVP
  • Get voted starter of two All-Star games
  • Make two All-NBA teams (first, second or third)

That seemed inevitable for Davis after last season, when in his third season in the league he was voted an All-Star Game starter and made First Team All-NBA. But then the Pelicans slumped this season, they are 25-43 and all but officially eliminated from the playoffs. Davis is still putting up 24.3 points and 10.3 rebounds a game, but his efficiency has slipped from insane, historic numbers to “just” very impressive — his true shooting percentage is 55.9 percent (down from 59.1 last season), and his PER has fallen to 25.2 (from 30.8).

Davis was not voted an All-Star starter by the fans. He’s certainly not winning the MVP this season (they can just send it to Stephen Curry now).

Which means Davis isn’t voted onto the All-NBA team by the qualified media members given ballots this year, he does not qualify for the Rose rule.

Which would mean his contract will fall to an overall worth of around $121 million — still a life changing amount, but $24 million less than if he does get voted on.

Which is why Davis probably isn’t down with the idea of Alvin Gentry shutting him down the rest of the season due to knee and shoulder soreness (he will sit Saturday). Gentry said that was a possibility.

Does Davis think about the money? He’s human, of course he’s thinking about $24 million. But he told Justin Verrier of ESPN he’s trying not to let it impact his play.

“It’s a contract. It’s a contract. Twenty-four million dollars … they give out that for [full] contracts,” Davis said. “Can’t control it. You just got to control what you can control, and that’s what’s on the floor….

“I just go out there and play,” he said. “I mean, I’m gonna let the rest take care of itself. I gotta do whatever I can to help the team win, and hopefully that can contribute to whoever votes, or however they decide it, to vote in my favor.

“But if they don’t, there’s nothing I can do about it. If they do, then … I’ll definitely send everybody thank-you notes.”

That’s similar to what Davis told NBC’s Dan Feldman last month.

“All this stuff that everybody’s talking about, money-wise and contracts – I just go out there and play,” Davis said. “That’s not my M.O. ‘If I don’t make this team or don’t do this then I lose money.’ I mean, if you do what you’re supposed to do, all that stuff will take care of itself.”

Davis probably will make the second or third team All-NBA, he’s still an elite player putting up great numbers and playing well, even if the team around him needs a major overhaul. But the NBA is deep with great forwards right now, nothing is certain. Davis could miss the cut.

He’s just trying not to think about it.

Kristaps Porzingis unsure if he will play for Latvia this summer, Knicks hope not

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In early July, the Latvian national basketball team will be in Serbia trying to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. They have been invited to one of three qualifying tournaments and will be attempting to knock off Serbia, Puerto Rico, the Czech Republic and other teams in that tournament to punch their ticket to Rio.

The question is, will Kristaps Porzingis be playing for the Latvian team?

The Knicks would prefer he didn’t, reports Barbara Barker at Newsday.

If Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis has his way, Latvia will be competing without its best player. Instead, Kristaps Porzingis will be busy lifting weights and working on his conditioning in Greenburgh, New York.

“If I had my choice, I think it’s obviously what I would want,” Rambis said Friday after the Knicks’ practice at Georgetown University. “I understand players’ commitments to their country and their desire to play for their country. But from a selfish standpoint, looking at it purely from a Knicks standpoint, yeah, we’d want him here working with us the whole time [in the summer].”

Porzingis hasn’t made up his mind.

“It’s still up in the air,” he said. “Right now, trying to focus on the season. Once the season is over, I will have some time to make a decision. Sit down with family and my agent. We’ll make that decision. It’s an important thing for Latvia. I’m a proud Latvian, and I want to represent my country. So I have to really think about it and make a decision.”

Porzingis is Latvia’s best player, so there is added pressure for him to play. Just as we have seen with the Gasol brothers, Tony Parker, Dirk Nowitzki and other international stars, the lure to play for the homeland is powerful. Teams cite injury risks — as happened with Dante Exum playing for Australia last summer — but the reality is they are just as likely to be injured in workouts or summer pickup games. This is really about control and being able to keep a player focused on what the team wants him to focus on.

Latvia is not favorited to come out of that group, but without their best player their chances of advancing to Rio fall close to nil. The Knicks season will end in mid-April, then Porzingis will have some time to think it over.