Report: Carmelo Anthony tells Knicks he does not want to come back to team

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Phil Jackson started a public and unnecessary skirmish with Carmelo Anthony, trying to get the superstar to want to leave town so badly he would waive his no-trade clause.

It backfired. Oh, Anthony wants to leave town, but he is only willing to accept a trade to two destinations, Houston or Cleveland, neither of which have the right players for the Knicks to want to do a straight-up swap, so third and fourth teams have been brought in, and that got nowhere. Jackson drove down the trade value of Anthony (as did his style of play in defense in an evolving NBA) and now the new Knicks management wants to clean up the mess.

The new Knicks idea: Make peace with Anthony, talk about bringing him into camp, gain some leverage and build up his trade value a little, then pull the trigger on a trade.

Except Anthony is not playing that game, Adrian Wojnarowski said on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

“Carmelo Anthony has made it clear to them, I want to go to Houston, I’m not interested in talking to you about being re-incorporated back into this New York roster.

“So what they’re trying to do… Steve Mills wouldn’t have ascended to this job in New York if he wasn’t politically savvy, he doesn’t want to get into a public war here with Carmelo Anthony, who they spent over a year trying to run out of town. Houston now is prepared that these talks could run through August, September, into the start of training camp.”

If the Knicks bring Carmelo Anthony back to training camp, it will be an absolute zoo.

And that shouldn’t pressure the Knicks into taking a bad deal.

The Rockets understandably want to move Ryan Anderson as part of this deal, he’s a good stretch four when healthy but is owed more than $60 million over three years. The Knicks don’t want that contract back, they want to clear space to chase free agents (or other trades) to put young players around Kristaps Porzingis. The Knicks need to hold that line even if it means bringing Anthony back for training camp.

This is where the third and fourth teams come in — a third team may be willing to take on Anderson’s contract but they will want young players and/or first round picks as sweeteners (the Nets took the Lakers’ Timofey Mozgov bad contract but got recent No. 2 pick D'Angelo Russell for it). Or, that third team will want to move a regrettable contract of its own, for example, Portland trying to find a Meyers Leonard taker. It’s hard enough to make two teams happy in a deal, make it three or four teams and it’s exponentially harder.

I would not be surprised at all if this drags into training camp. The Knicks don’t have a choice if the offers do not improve.

“Ray Allen from long distance” with chip shot to save par at American Century Classic

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“Ray Allen from long distance, how many times have we said that?”

Ray Allen had a good weekend at the American Century Championships, the former NBA sharpshooter and future Hall of Famer finished third in the celebrity golf event. One of the reasons he was there, this chip shot on 13 Sunday.

Former Cowboy’s quarterback Tony Romo won the event, with former MLB pitcher Mark Mulder was second.

LeBron James sits courtside for Lakers’ Summer League win

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There are two, maybe three guys playing for the Lakers in Summer League likely to be sharing a locker room with LeBron James next season — Isaac Bonga and Josh Hart, with maybe Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and/or Alex Caruso. Only Hart could see the court much.

LeBron was still courtside on Sunday for a quarterfinal game at Summer League, showing his support and being a good teammate. He gave Hart a hug on the court. Brandon Ingram stopped by and talked with LeBron for a bit.

LeBron watched the Lakers continue their strong run through the Summer League, racking up a 101-78 win. LeBron was into it, when Mykhailiuk took a shot midway through the first quarter LeBron yelled, ‘cash only!”  The shot was nothing but net.

The Lakers are on to the Summer League semifinals. Los Angeles won the Vegas Summer League last year.

 

After losing to his father in golf, Stephen Curry leaps into Lake Tahoe

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Golf fanatic Stephen Curry was clearly enjoying himself on the links at the American Century Championship celebrity golf event in Lake Tahoe this past weekend.

But he couldn’t beat his father, Dell.

The price? Curry (and his caddy) had to jump in the lake. Check out the video above.

For the record, Tony Romo won the event.

 

Spurs’ pick Chimezie Metu to miss time with fractured wrist

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Chimezie Metu showed some promise in the Summer League games he played for San Antonio, scoring 12.5 points a game on 55 percent shooting in Las Vegas, and 10.7 per game on 54 percent shooting in Salt Lake City. The second round pick of the Spurs (No. 49 overall) is raw and needs a lot of development, but he can get buckets. The potential is there.

That development is going to be on hold a while, as what was thought to be a sprained wrist has turned out to be a fracture.

From Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News.

After an examination Saturday, the Spurs medical staff downgraded second-round pick Chimezie Metu’s left wrist injury from a sprain to a fracture, a league source said Saturday.

Metu was injured late in the Spurs’ 95-90 win over Washington on July 8 at the Las Vegas Summer League, when he landed awkwardly after leaping to catch a lob pass at the rim. The 6-foot-10 big man finished the game but was sidelined for the remainder of the schedule.

After undergoing X-rays at the Thomas & Mack Center, Metu was diagnosed with a sprain. But Spurs’ team doctors suspected a possible fracture, which was confirmed after Metu returned to San Antonio on Saturday.

Metu should be good to go by training camp. Metu is hoping his summer and training camp play will earn him a roster spot, although the Spurs tend not to sign second-round picks the year they were drafted (they tend to let them spend a year or two in the G-League or in Europe). A lot of his chances on making the roster depend on any other moves the Spurs make this summer and what their roster looks like come the fall.