Denver is not Cleveland. They got something back for their superstar.
But Denver was not a winner either in having to trade away Carmelo Anthony, and their GM Masai Ujiri said as much, as the fantastic Chris Tomasson reported at Fanhouse.
“We feel we got killed in the trade because we lost a couple of pretty good players,” Ujiri said. “Obviously, Carmelo Anthony. I feel sad for the city of Denver. I feel bad that this was done on my watch. To lose a guy like that. And also Chauncey (Billups). But I think we had to do it.”
It was the loss of Billups that in some ways stung Nuggets fans more than Anthony. The eight months of dragged out drama had desensitized them to Anthony leaving. Billups, a Denver native, was more sudden.
Nets president Josh Kroenke signaled out Billups in particular and apologized for him getting dragged into this, as reported in the Denver Post.
“I want to offer a personal apology to the Billups family,” Kroenke said. “They mean the world to me personally, and I know that Chauncey means everything to Denver. And when I say Denver, I mean just Denver basketball on every level. He is Denver basketball. He was a high school star here, he was a college star here, he was a professional star here. It was an incredibly tough decision to include him in this trade.”
Now the Nuggets move on, with some serious decisions to make.
The Hawks got Trae Young his desired help, trading for Jeff Teague.
Maybe Young will do his part and step up on defense.
That didn’t happen on this possession against Spurs guard Dejounte Murry.
At least Young continued his breakout season on the other end, scoring 31 points and dishing nine assists in Atlanta’s rare victory in San Antonio.
What is it about Cleveland athletes slapping butts and getting in trouble?
Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. faces a simple battery charge for slapping a police officer’s backside in LSU’s locker room after the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Last night, Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson got ejected for slapping Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder‘s behind.
Thompson and Crowder got double technical fouls earlier in the game. So, Thompson got ejected with a tech for this incident between free throws.
Though the two are former Cleveland teammates, Crowder didn’t look amused. Crowder doesn’t play.
The Cavs rallied without Thompson, but Memphis won, 113-109.
NEW YORK (AP) New York Knicks rookie R.J. Barrett will miss at least a week with a sprained right ankle.
Barrett was hurt during the Knicks’ loss to Phoenix on Thursday. On Friday, he had X-rays, which were negative.
The Knicks announced afterward that Barrett will be re-evaluated in a week.
The No. 3 pick in the draft from Duke is averaging 14.1 points.