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Tyson Chandler doesn’t want to be part of rebuilding project in Phoenix


When the Phoenix Suns signed Tyson Chandler last summer to a four-year, $52 million deal, they saw themselves as a team on the rise in the West with quality guard play — and they were in the hunt for LaMarcus Aldridge.

The Suns are 19-50 this season and poised to restart the rebuilding process they were on a couple of years ago before the surprise 48-win season.

Chandler, at age 33, does not want to be part of a rebuild, he told Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic (hat tip Eye on Basketball).

“For me, especially where I am in my career, I want to win. I want to win now. I’m not in any kind of rebuilding stage. So if that’s the case, it ain’t where I’m supposed to be.”

You can’t blame the man for wanting to win.

However, he didn’t re-sign in Dallas (they targeted DeAndre Jordan), and he took the money to go to the Valley of the Sun. He didn’t hook up with other contenders or even borderline contenders. Fair enough if he thought the Suns would be better than this, but they were not contenders.

The Suns likely will shop Chandler this summer, as they did at the trade deadline, but there wasn’t much of a market for him then, and it’s unlikely that’s going to change. He’s a 33-year-old coming off a down season and with some injury history who is owed $39 million over three years after this season. Even with the rising cap that’s a chunk of change, $13 million a season, and again teams see him as on the downside of his career. Other teams will not offer much in return, if they have any interest in the first place.

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

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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

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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

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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.