PBT Podcast: OKC’s playoff chances, trade talk in Brooklyn and Charlotte, the latest drama with Lakers and Knicks

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In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman join me to discuss all the latest happenings around the NBA.

We start with the Thunder’s win over the LeBron-less Cavs on Thursday, and wonder whether or not it’s now a foregone conclusion that OKC will be a part of the playoff picture out West, despite the slow start.

We then shift to the trade talk that’s come up in Brooklyn and Charlotte, and try to figure out if the contracts of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez might be too steep for another team to be willing to take on. We also wonder about the message trading Lance Stephenson might send, both about how the franchise operates, as well as about the player himself.

We wrap things up with a discussion about Carmelo Anthony and the state of the Knicks. Would he actually request a trade (or even accept one) after very publicly forcing his way to New York, and then signing a five-year contract extension this past summer? And while we’re on the topic of superstars in major markets on sinking ships, we break down Kobe Bryant’s latest rant that came in a recent practice with the Lakers.