Author: Kurt Helin

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Report: Kyrie Irving joining already stacked Three-Point Contest All-Star Weekend


Stephen Curry. Kyle Korver. Klay Thompson. J.J. Redick. Wesley Matthews.

Now you can add Kyrie Irving to the list of people expected to participate in the Three-Point Contest All-Star Saturday Night in New York City.

Damn. That field is stacked. (No, it’s not official yet, just wait.)

Irving being added to the list is new news via Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving will participate in the NBA’s Three-Point Contest during All-Star Weekend on Feb. 14 in New York, a league source informed Northeast Ohio Media…

Irving, 22, will also make his third All-Star game appearance on Feb.15. The fourth-year guard won the deep-ball event in 2013.

Irving is shooting 40.9 percent from three this season, which is elite — and also fourth best in this field. Korver is shooting a ridiculous 53.7 percent, Thompson is at 44.8, and Redick is shooting 43.3. Matthews has hit more threes this season than anyone and Curry is just the best pure shooter in the game today.

This is the competition I am most looking forward to All-Star Weekend. The Three-Point Contest is part of All-Star Saturday night Feb. 14 at the Barclay’s Center with the Dunk Contest, Skills Challenge and more.

TNT will broadcast the event, so try to convince your wife/girlfriend that you should stay home and watch this rather than go out on Valentine’s Day.

Deron Williams cleared to play, will return to Nets’ lineup Monday vs. Clippers

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Deron Williams has been out since fracturing a rib back on Jan. 7, and with him out of the lineup the Nets have gone 2-9 and fallen out of the final playoff spot in the East.

Monday night, they get him back.

He was coming off the bench behind Jarrett Jack when he got injured and that will continue for now, reports Fred Katz of Bleacher Report.

Williams is averaging 13.9 points and 6.3 assists per game this season. He hasn’t been anything approaching vintage Williams and has a pedestrian true shooting percentage of .527.

The return of Williams puts back together a roster the Nets threw together a season ago to open Barclays Center with a bang and ideally contend for a title. It did the former fairly well, not the latter. Now the Nets are trying to unload at least two of their high-priced trio of Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez (it is Lopez that is drawing the most interest, but the Nets are asking for more than other teams have proven willing to send back). Things will be in flux while the team is for sale.

The Nets are just 1.5 games back of Charlotte (a team without Kemba Walker) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. They could make a run and get back into the postseason, making them fodder for the Hawks in the first round but at least they’d be in. It’s not like they have any picks of note left to tank for (they traded away the picks, or at least the right to switch picks, for years to come to assemble the team on the court now).

Report: Knicks still trying to find someone — anyone — to take on Jose Calderon’s contract


It is no secret, for some time the Knicks have been trying to move Jose Calderon. This offseason they brought in the veteran point guard to help shoot threes and run the triangle, he was part of the “we can make the playoffs in the East” plan in New York.

Calderon, like that plan, has not worked out. But there are not a lot of parties interested in taking him off the Knicks’ hands. Here is an update, via Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

A source said the Knicks are actively trying to unload guard Jose Calderon’s contract. Calderon is owed $7.4 million in 2015-16, and $7.7 million in 2016-17.

And that is the real challenge, the $15.1 million in the two seasons after this one that Calderon, 33, is owed.

Calderon has become the latest in a long line of traditional point guards to struggle to fit in with the triangle (ask Gary Payton about it sometime). Calderon is shooting the three well, 41.5 percent, but is relying on that jumper as just 11 percent of his shots are coming inside 10 feet of the rim (and he’s struggling to hit those). In addition his turnovers are up and his assist rate is not great for a point guard.

The question teams are asking is how much of that is age and a natural decline, and how much of that is the Knicks system and roster? With all that money owed over the next two seasons, teams are not that eager to take a risk that he could bounce way back.