NEW YORK KNICKS 2014-15 Offseason Additions: G Jose Calderon, C Samuel Dalembert, F-C Jason Smith, F Travis Outlaw, G Shane Larkin, F Quincy Acy 2014 Draft Picks: F Cleanthony Early, G-F Thanasis Antetokounmpo, F-C Louis Labeyrie Draft Picks Coming: None Draft Picks Going: 2015 second round (to Houston); 2016 first round (to Denver, swap); 2016 first round (to Toronto); 2016 second round (to Sacramento); 2017 second round (to Utah) Trade Exceptions: Raymond Felton ($3,640,000, expires June 26, 2015); Jeremy Tyler ($30,000, expires Aug. 6, 2015) Over/Under: Over the apron Amnesty Provision: Used on Chauncey Billups
How many more years will LeBron James stay with the Heat? Not two, not three, not four … It might just be five. And a big part of the reason why was Miami’s acquisition of point guard Shabazz Napier in Thursday night’s draft, a move that James openly praised on Twitter just moments after the deal with Charlotte went down. If ever there was a case in which you needed to read between the lines, this was it. And how is this for
The New York Knicks acquired a major upgrade at point guard at the expense of their starting center in a six-player trade with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. The trade sends Jose Calderon to New York along with center Samuel Dalembert, wing Wayne Ellington, point guard Shane Larkin and the 34th and 51st picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft in exchange for center Tyson Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton.
Some prominent NBA athletes are still recuperating from injuries, taking necessary time off to recover, heal and rest from weariness and prolonged seasons that may have gone deep in the playoffs. Some, like Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, among others, are in Brazil enjoying the 2014 FIFA World Cup. There are plenty, like LeBron James, who are on vacation, spending time with their families. Still, there are those who are already hard at work, trying to improve for the 2014-15 NBA season.
The folks in Houston are hoping they have a good shot to land Carmelo Anthony in free agency. Or LeBron James, for that matter, should he somehow find Houston more appealing than remaining in Miami or returning to Cleveland. In my opinion, ‘Melo’s choices rank like this: New York, Dallas, Houston/Chicago, with the latter two tied for third. Money is going to be a factor, and the fact that the Knicks can work off a starting salary of $23.2 million and offer
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade entered the league as four of the top five selections in the 2003 NBA Draft. Now, 11 years later, they all could join forces in South Beach. With rumors swirling about a possible alliance in Miami, Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher will reportedly meet with Anthony this weekend to discuss the player option on his contract and how he can be a fit in the triangle offense with the Knicks going forward. Can Jackson
GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The best way for me to tell you about Derek Fisher’s first day on the job is to relate two conversations I had with him Tuesday at his introductory news conference as coach of the New York Knicks. One answer illustrated just how much the Knicks are a franchise being held hostage by a single player. The second illustrated just how there isn’t much of value on this roster aside from Anthony. I have been to more introductory news conferences
In this edition of the Three-Man Weave, the New York Knicks go fishing for a new coach, the NBA Finals get their first taste of flopping, and the league cannot seem to rid itself of Donald Sterling. Let’s get to the Q and A, shall we? 1. Derek Fisher is the new coach of the Knicks. Good hire or bad hire?