Tag: Carmelo Anthony

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Report: David West ‘very likely’ to sign with Knicks in free agency


When it was reported that David West would decline his player option with the Pacers for next season to become an unrestricted free agent, it was at least a little bit of a surprise.

West could have earned $12.5 million next year by staying in Indiana, and then entered free agency right as the salary cap is set to spike in advance of the 2016-17 season.

But at age 34, and after playing 12 NBA seasons, West wanted to try to secure a multi-year deal now instead. And, it appears as though he already has his sights set on his next destination.

Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report:

League source: David West is “very likely” to sign with the Knicks come FA. “He knew that before he chose not to opt in” with the Pacers.

It’s unclear what the Knicks would offer West, but even if he were able to secure a two-year deal in the $8 million per season range, he’d already have set himself up to receive a nice little raise.

West has a reputation of being one of the league’s actual tough guys, and is someone whose leadership style has traditionally commanded the respect of his teammates behind closed doors. Carmelo Anthony is more the lead-by-example type, so depending on who else New York is able to add in free agency, a veteran voice like West’s should be a welcome locker room addition.

West averaged 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 28.7 minutes per contest with the Pacers last season.

Carmelo Anthony downplays any issue over Porzingis pick

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When he took to Twitter, you got the impression Carmelo Anthony didn’t love the Knicks trading Tim Hardaway Jr. away.

Then there were reports he did not like the drafting of Kristaps Porzingis — a player with a lot of potential but maybe three years away from actually helping the Knicks.

However, Anthony has since responded on Instagram to a fan and tried to downplay the drama (hat tip Eye on Basketball).



Of course, Anthony is going to back the company line publicly. He needed to, they are paying him to be the face of the franchise.

But he’s not afraid to throw a few elbows at fans either.


Fans bitter at how much money Anthony makes — or LeBron James, or Kobe Bryant, or… — need to have a discussion with society about how much we overvalue entertainers, then have a conversation with capitalism. Because the issue is a lot bigger than Anthony, if that’s your concern. Anthony makes what the market will pay for his skills. If you had his skills, you’d take the money and run.

Anthony is trying to downplay the drama; it’s the smart play.

But how patient are Knicks fans going to be next season? More importantly, how patient is James Dolan going to be?

Kings’ executive Vlade Divac says he won’t be bullied into trading DeMarcus Cousins

Vlade Divac

All hell has broken loose in Sacramento over the last few days, when reports that DeMarcus Cousins would be traded at the behest of George Karl ran wild, and teams like the Lakers were supposedly firmly in the mix to acquire the disgruntled and difficult All-Star center.

The Kings have denied that Cousins was ever available, even after reports surfaced that a framework of a deal with Los Angeles had indeed been put into place. Karl reportedly shopped Cousins on his own, which left ownership in Sacramento pondering whether or not he was the right choice as head coach, and if it might be better to simply cut the team’s losses by cutting him loose, and starting from scratch by going in a different direction.

As of this moment, the plan in Sacramento appears to be to keep everyone in place. And newly-installed decision-maker Vlade Divac wants to make it clear that no matter what types of reports leak, and regardless of the amount of pressure that is exerted, he will remain steadfast in doing what he believes is best for the overall health of the franchise.

From Sam Amick of USA Today:

“I just was tired last week, or days, of these rumors, and putting a lot of stuff on our back, making this even harder than it is,” Divac said in an interview with Sacramento radio station KHTK 1140 Friday morning. “I try to be who I am, and try to do my job best I can and try to do the best I can for the franchise. I’m not going to let somebody change my mind because they’re putting (threats in) the paper or putting the pressure on me. I’ll do the best I can to improve this team.”

For all the understandable comparisons between Cousins’ situation and that of superstars like Carmelo Anthony (Melo-Drama in Denver) or Dwight Howard (Dwight-mare in Orlando), there’s one common thread that has been largely ignored by the masses: Cousins’ agent, Dan Fegan of Relativity Sports, who has long since become the industry leader in applying the kind of pressure to a team that he hopes leads to a trade of his choosing.

He represented Howard during those Orlando days, when all the endless twists and turns leading up to his Aug. 2012 trade to the Los Angeles Lakers did the kind of damage to Howard’s reputation that has never been truly repaired. He was behind the scenes in the Denver situation back in 2011, too, working unofficially with then-Nuggets adviser and close friend Bret Bearup to get Anthony to the Brooklyn Nets before then-general manager Masai Ujiri ultimately opted for a trade with the New York Knicks.

This is somewhat of a crazy story — not because an agent is being openly tied to the rumors that leaked with the intention of forcing a team to trade one of his clients to a more desirable destination, but because the details of those discussions are rarely made as public as they are in this account of how the events transpired.

It’s unclear whether or not Karl and Cousins can successfully (and peacefully) co-exist next season given the way this has all played out. But Sacramento seems to prefer to keep them both in place if at all possible, and Divac is determined not to let outside influences interfere with his plans of reshaping the Kings into a winning franchise.

Phil Jackson says scout told him it was a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ to draft Kristaps Porzingis

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The Knicks selected Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, and plenty of fans were less than pleased with New York’s chosen direction.

Carmelo Anthony was reportedly among those decrying the pick, and it seems as though most Knicks fans would have preferred a household name from the college ranks rather than an international prospect whom the masses have seen play exclusively via grainy YouTube clips.

Phil Jackson, however, is charged with doing what’s best for the long-term health of the franchise in his role as president of basketball operations. And he trusted a long-time adviser’s somewhat strong opinion before making this critical selection.

From Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com:

“When someone says to me [that] this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I have to be alert,” Jackson said of what Knicks basketball adviser Clarence Gaines Jr. told him and how Porzingis eventually became a Knick. “And [I have to] consider that after he’s been in this business for as long as he has, I think he has as good of an eye as he has on talent.”

Quite frankly, those who are dismissing what Porzingis may bring to the professional level at this early stage are being jingoistic at best, and racist at worst.

It’s foolish and ignorant to equate Porzingis with someone like Darko Milicic just because they both played overseas before becoming high-lottery picks. Each player should be judged on his own merit, and Porzingis has a unique skill set and demeanor that could very well help him succeed in the NBA, where his European counterparts may have failed in the past.

One interesting thing to note where Porzingis is concerned is his strong grasp of the English language. He’s fluent in American English with barely a hint of an accent, and while that shouldn’t matter in terms of how people perceive him as a basketball player, once Knicks fans hear him in interviews and see what he’s able to provide offensively, those boos should turn to cheers far sooner than is perhaps being expected.

Report: Carmelo Anthony feels betrayed by Phil Jackson drafting Kristaps Porzingis

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Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony both thought the Knicks would make the playoffs last season.

New York, of course, went 17-65.

Jackson has adjusted to a more patient approach, drafting Kristaps Porzingis and trading Tim Hardaway Jr. for the rights to Jerian Grant.

Melo, reportedly, has not.

Stephen A. Smith of ESPN said Friday on Mad Dog Sports Radio on Melo’s reaction to the Knicks’ draft:

I talking to my sources last night. All they said was, he’s furious. He’s livid. He feels completely hoodwinked and betrayed by Phil Jackson. He feels like he was lied to, like he was sold a bill of goods. He knew that he couldn’t get as money anywhere else, and he’s willing to concede that he wanted his money. But he didn’t know it was going to be like this. He didn’t know it was going to be this bad. And he can’t believe that his second season under the Phil Jackson regime, he has to look forward to it being worse than even last year was.

Melo re-signed with a losing, aging, capped-out team. What did he expect?

If Jackson made any promises about a miracle turnaround, Melo was foolish for believing them.

The Knicks will have cap space, and it’s possible they land a second star who pushes them into contention. But that’s so unlikely.

Trying for a quick fix when one isn’t present would just worsen the problem. There was nobody to draft at No. 4 whom the Knicks could have reasonably expected would change their fortunes next year. Rookies need time to develop.

I understand Melo’s impatience. There’s a shelf-life on his playing career. But he put himself in this position. Any reasonable person could see the Knicks bottoming out, and Jackson thinking long-term is the best thing that could have happened to the franchise.

My advice to Melo: Enjoy your money. That’s what you chose. And, if you’re still upset, talk to the Knicks about a trade. I’m not sure how keen Jackson is on keeping a declining and overpaid 31-year-old, anyway – especially if he’s furious and livid.