Fixing the Knicks: Several Trade Ideas That Could Jump Start a Strong Rebuild

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Carmelo AnthonySources 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.

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Sheridan: What Could the Knicks Get For Carmelo Anthony?

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Carmelo AnthonyWord on the street today is louder than ever that Carmelo Anthony wants out of New York.

How do we know this? Marc Berman and Frank Isola are writing it hard in the New York tabloids, and both of those fellas are as plugged into their team as any beat writers in North America.

You can bristle at Isola’s anti-Berman’s tweets – a constant source of amusement for anyone who follows the Knicks – and you can bristle at Berman’s wardrobe, which yours truly used to do back in the pre-Twitter days when we sat alongside each other in the old MSG press room.

But both of these guys are ace reporters, and when they write the Anthony trade story as hard as they wrote it today, you can bet your bottom dollar that something is afoot. (The New York Times that was home delivered to my driveway had a nice feature on Jeremy Tyler. For which I have two words: Who cares?) Here is the link to Berman’s story in the New York Post; and here is the link to Isola’s story in the New York Daily News.

Anyway, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

And Anthony’s short list is said to include three teams: the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. None can offer Anthony the extra year and the extra $30 million he would get by opting out of his contract at the end of this season – which he has said he plans to do.

Unless, of course, they acquired Anthony before the NBA trade deadline.

Euroleague Finals Blog: Olympiacos Wins Title Behind 42 From Spanoulis and Law

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Kyle Hines, OlympiacosGo ahead and grab a lead in a Euroleague final against Olympiacos.  Go on.  I dare you.

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Euroleague Power Rankings: Mirotic Sets Record, Barca Back On Top

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Nikola Mirotic’s 31 points and 11 rebounds in Real Madrid’s 105-104 overtime win at Zalgiris were career highs.  His performance from the free throw line was an all-time Euroleague best: 18-for-18.

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Mitnick: Top Eurostash Players For NBA Deadline Deals

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Since the days of Arvydas Sabonis, NBA teams have been drafting European players with the intention of stashing these prospects in the mother continent before they make their NBA debut.

Some of these players go on to be stars, such as Manu Ginobili, Ricky Rubio and Marc Gasol. Others, such as Milos Vujanic and Frederic Weis, never even smell the league.

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