Scotto: The Knicks’ $129 Million Question: Will Carmelo Anthony Stay?

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Carmelo Anthony“I want to be a free agent,” Carmelo Anthony told the New York Observer prior to the season.

By publicly saying so, Anthony’s impending free agency became a constant and colossal distraction as large as the Empire State Building and simultaneously induced a chain reaction of numerous rumors during the season.

J.R. Smith playfully alluded to the constant media speculation when asked if he would talk to Anthony about his future this summer.

“I’m not going to talk to him at all,” Smith said Tuesday. “He’s got to talk to you all every day about it.”

“Yeah, it’s the talk, it’s the topic any and everywhere I go, on the court, off the court,” Anthony said during his exit interview on Thursday. “Guys want to know what you’re going to do. Guys have their opinions, whether it’s to come play with them or do something else.”

Ironically, the same free agency speculation and drama that once consumed Denver – and ultimately forced the Nuggets to trade Anthony to the Knicks – has resurfaced in New York.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Scotto: Isaiah Thomas Dishes on Free Agency; Could Command Full Mid-Level Exception

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IsaiahThomas cropIsaiah Thomas entered the league as “Mr. Irrelevant” after being selected 60th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. In his third season, he’s now become a candidate for the league’s Most Improved Player award (although colleague Kels Dayton seems to disagree).

Thomas’ breakout season couldn’t have come at a better time with restricted free agency looming this summer.

With that in mind, Thomas and I discussed his development, Sacramento’s new culture and his free agency plans in an exclusive SheridanHoops interview.

Bernucca: The Disabled Dozen — Key Injuries as Camps Start

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kobeinjuryWith NBA training camps now open, every team will be using October to try to answer questions about their rosters. But for teams with injured stars, the questions have greater significance.

Like, how long can the Lakers stay afloat without Kobe Bryant?

Is Danny Granger going to come off the bench for the Pacers?

Are the Warriors really a better team without David Lee?

No less than nine current or former All-Stars will start the 2013-14 season with doubt swirling around them because they are coming off a serious injury. They comprise the majority of our list, which we like to call The Disabled Dozen.

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Exclusive Interview: Tyreke Evans’ grand search for stability

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Tyreke EvansAfter four years in the league, one Rookie of the Year award, two coaches, no playoff appearances and constant rumors of ownership changes and relocation, Tyreke Evans wanted some certainty and stability.

When July 1 came and teams had the chance to talk to the new restricted free agent, the first team that called and showed interest was the newly renamed New Orleans Pelicans. Sam Amick reported that Evans and the Pelicans had an “in-person meeting” the minute free agency began. After talking things over with his agent in Los Angeles, Evans realized that he didn’t want to go through more changes in Sacramento.

In an exclusive, one-on-one interview with Sheridan Hoops, Evans said that “it was either go through all that change again or pick a new situation that was more consistent.” That new and consistent beginning will take place in the Big Easy.

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Handicapping the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes: Who will be NBA’s worst team?

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Andrew WigginsOf the popular meanings of the word tank, two have roots signifying damage and destruction. There is the blunt military vehicle, and the less subtle term that is popular in our contemporary basketball lexicon.

The basketball version of tanking will unavoidably be a central theme in the upcoming 2013-2014 season.

Compared to previous seasons, the 2014 NBA draft class is projected to be filled with All-Stars and franchise-changing players, headlined by Canadian wing Andrew Wiggins, who will play at Kansas this coming season. Supposedly, it’s the most “loaded” draft in a long, long time.