Kings talking trades for Omri Casspi, Carl Landry

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Sure the Kings have the worst record in the NBA, but there is talent on that roster. The kind of roster and situation other GM’s are looking to exploit and pick over like vultures on a carcas. Some of that talant is not available — Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins — but some of it is…

Such as Omri Casspi and Carl Landry, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Casspi is interesting, the Israeli forward comes with a very affordable $1.25 million deal that has drawn the interest of both the Knicks and Bulls. Both of those teams can use a shooter — Casspi is hitting 40 percent from three this season — but because there is value there the Kings want to drive a hard bargain, according to the report. Specifically, they want someone to take on Francisco Garcia or another long-term contract with Casspi. That would put the Knicks out for sure and give the Bulls real pause.

Stein reports the more likely one to move is Landry, who is in the last of his deal and is not returning to Sacramento. Trade him now they at least get something for him. Landry has seen his minutes drop this season (blame DeMarcus Cousins for that) and with less run has come a drop in shooting percentage to a career low 46.9 percent. He has played well late in games for the Kings, but that is just a flash of his promise.

He needs a new start. For a team looking for a solid backup front line player, Landry could be a good fit.

Manhattan NBA store leaving Fifth Avenue, Adidas to run new location

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The NBA’s flagship store is leaving its prime New York City location just after the start of next year.

The NBA Store has been on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan — right in the heart of the city’s prime shopping district, where the store was as much an ad for the league as anything else — for a dozen years. But CNBC’s Darren Rovell reports the league is shutting down that location and moving on next February to another yet-to-be-determined spot in the city.

Why now, when the league itself reports that league merchandise sales are up 25 percent over a year ago?

The reason? Prices were thrown out of whack when Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo agreed in April to pay a reported record $300 million over 15 years to lease a space in the same building as the league’s store.

This may be the most interesting part though.

When the new store opens, it will be run by adidas, which runs thousands of stores throughout the world and some in New York City. The current product mix in the store of roughly 65 percent adidas items is expected to continue. The league will control the lease.

Just another little shot in the Nike/Adidas battle.