Sources told Yahoo! Sports on Monday that there is “no chance” the Knicks trade free agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony by the Feb. 20 deadline. Let’s face the facts: even with Anthony, the Knicks are a mediocre basketball team in a horrendous Atlantic Division.
Since training camp opened, there have been five significant trades involving 10 teams, 19 players and seven draft picks. The big winners have been a team that got rid of the highest scorer among the traded players and a team that acquired a player who has yet to play. The big loser has been a team that swears by analytics. Another way to look at it is like this: The biggest trades thus far have been the ones that haven’t been made
As an action packed weekend of basketball comes to a close, here’s the good, bad and the ugly of what took place.
Short, but not that sweet is the best way to describe Rudy Gay’s stint in Toronto. On Sunday evening his time as a Raptor officially came to an end. Rudy Gay has been traded to the Sacramento Kings along with Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray. The Toronto Raptors will receive Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes, reports Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears of Yahoo. The past month has been rough on both Gay and the Raptors, as tension began
There is, of course, the old adage that titles are not won in July (the Heat in 2010 being the clear exception) but several moves were made on Tuesday that could quietly alter the regular season standings out west next season. We’ve also seen shooters get large contracts this week like, it seems, never before. Those are the main two storylines from the July 2, but there’s a whole lot to get to before we all take a nice break for the
The widely reported trade between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers that involved a future Hall of Famer, draft picks and even a coach has fallen apart – for now. Celtics GM Danny Ainge may have asked for too much, which may have ticked off Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Dwight Howard and Jeremy Lin. Andrew Bynum and Kyrie Irving. If you were trying to build a team from nothing, which tandem would you rather have? Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey has spent the entire offseason trying to put together the first tandem. He reeled in Lin on Tuesday night but has been unable to get the Orlando Magic to budge on Howard. Cleveland Cavaliers GM Chris Grant may be trying to put together the second tandem. He drafted Irving just over a year
Pencils down and papers forward, please. Here are my grades on how teams did at the trading deadline. We aren’t going to evaluate whether Dallas was helped or hindered by Thursday’s wheeling and dealing. The Mavericks – and 13 other teams – didn’t make a deal, so consider their grade to be incomplete. Or a withdrawal, if you prefer. No one got an F, although the Nets came awfully close. At the other end of the scale, the Rockets are officially the teacher’s