Tag: Carmelo Anthony

New York Knicks v Phoenix Suns

Report: Knicks, Pacers talked J.R. Smith-Chris Copeland trade


The Knicks are making every effort to maximize 2015 cap space.

They convinced Carmelo Anthony to take a smaller raise. They didn’t give Iman Shumpert a contract extension. They even declined Shane Larkin’s third-year team option, a rare move.

So you better believe they want to dump J.R. Smith before he can exercise his $6,399,750 player option for 2015-16.

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

One of president Phil Jackson’s big decisions this season is whether to trade J.R. Smith, and the club had recent conversations with the Pacers regarding ex-Knick Chris Copeland, according to a league source.

According to a source, Jackson has no plans to make any deals until Dec. 15 — a key NBA date as 2014 free-agent signees and 2014 draft picks are eligible to be traded.

A Copeland-Smith trade wouldn’t work under the CBA, though adding C.J. Watson’s expiring contract would make the trade allowable.

The bigger issue: Copeland is on a more team-friendly contract than Smith and arguably better on the court. The early returns on Copeland, playing a bigger role with the Pacers, are positive. He’s averaging 16.0 points per game this season.

If the Knicks don’t want Smith’s contract, why would Indiana? His scoring could help a team that lost Paul George and Lance Stephenson, but the Pacers probably aren’t reaching the playoffs this season anyway. Rating above a few other lottery teams isn’t worth the 2015-16 cap hit.

Smith isn’t a good fit in the triangle offense, and his contract will be a burden this summer. Don’t be surprised if his name pops up often in trade rumors this season.

But Phil Jackson will have to aim a little lower.

Carmelo Anthony surpasses 20,000 point milestone in Knicks win over Hornets

Carmelo Anthony

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony hit a three-point shot early in the first quarter of Sunday night’s win over the Hornets that pushed him pass the 20,000 mark in terms of career points scored. It’s a milestone shared by just seven other active players, and one achieved by only 40 in the history of the game.

But while Anthony seemed genuinely moved by his place in history once the game was finished, he was far more excited by a game-clinching rebound he grabbed to seal the 96-93 victory, his team’s second in three tries on this very young season.

“It was just one of those moments,” Anthony said. “I looked at the stats, I had like two rebounds. That rebound sealed the game, and coach was on the bench telling us to rebound, and control it. So when I got that rebound I wanted to make sure it was mine, and we won the game.”

Anthony’s rebound came in traffic with just a second remaining, off of a Kemba Walker miss that would have tied it. New York squandered all of a 15-point first half lead, and the fourth quarter was back-and-forth most of the way.

As for his continued march up the NBA’s all-time scoring list, Anthony appeared to be touched by all that he’s accomplished.

“It’s a humbling experience for me,” Anthony said. “I never thought that I would be sitting here talking about me scoring 20,000 points. I used to look, when I played with A. I. [Allen Iverson] back in Denver, I used to just look at him and see his stats and say, man, you’ve got like 20-something-thousand points, man. But I never thought I would be here talking about me actually reaching that milestone, so I’m definitely humbled by this experience.”

Those scoring numbers are almost always worthy of Hall of Fame induction, but Anthony wasn’t willing to go there just yet.

“It’s kind of hard to think about it like that,” he said. “When I’m done with this game and that time comes, we’ll see what happens. But it’s kind of hard there to put my mind there right now.”

Sunday night winners and losers: Boogie wonderland

Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

It’s a make or miss league. With that comes the simple fact every night in the NBA there are winners and there are losers.

In this new column at PBT, five nights a week we will lay out the nights winners and losers in NBA action for you — not just the teams and on the scoreboard, but in every facet of the game. No better time to start than on an interesting opening night.

source:  DeMarcus Cousins and the surprisingly entertaining Kings. Fresh off a win over the Trail Blazers, the Kings were impressive again in a road win against the Clippers. Cousins was dominant, with 34 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and three blocks, and Rudy Gay had another excellent game. But most impressive of all was the job Darren Collison did on Chris Paul defensively. The West is too deep for Sacramento to have a realistic shot at making the playoffs, but they’re starting to look like a basketball team for the first time in several years, which is good to see.

source:  Miami’s big two. The Heat are the only undefeated team left in the Eastern Conference, picking up a 107-102 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. We knew they would be playing with a chip on their shoulders, but there have been plenty of questions about the health of Dwyane Wade and the readiness of Chris Bosh to step into the role of first option. So far, so good on both fronts. Bosh has been phenomenal since the start of the season, and finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Wade was terrific too, logging 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting, 11 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks against Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas. Time will tell whether he can stay on the floor, but Heat fans have to be encouraged by the post-LeBron era so far.

source:  Damian Lillard. The Blazers have a lot of things to blame for their 95-90 loss to the Warriors, with late-game turnovers chief among them. But Lillard has been terrible. He shot 1-for-7 from three-point range on Sunday and 4-for-18 from the field overall. He’s missing a lot of shots he normally makes, so you have to think the stroke will come back eventually and this is just some early-season rust. The Blazers need Lillard to be the player he was last year if they hope to take the next step as playoff contenders.

source:  Carmelo Anthony. Melo’s 28 points helped the Knicks to a 96-93 win over the Hornets, but it wasn’t just his numbers. He made the two game-clinching plays down the stretch. He hit a contested jump shot with just over a minute to go that broke a 93-93 tie and gave New York the lead for good. Then, he secured the rebound with less than a second to go when Kemba Walker missed a jumper, sealing the win.

source:  The Raptors at the foul line. As a team, Toronto missed 15 free throws on Sunday, going just 24-for-39 from the line. Lou Williams missed both of his free throws near the beginning of the quarter, and Kyle Lowry missed two of three with 1:49 remaining. Lowry missed six foul shots on the night and DeMar DeRozan missed five.