Monthly Archives: August 2010
It seems more and more likely Carmelo Anthony will not sign a contract
extension with the Nuggets, which likely will force the team to trade
him, perhaps to the Knicks.
ESPN.com reported last night that Anthony is "going to make it real
clear that he’s not coming back" to Denver, according to an NBA source.
"Both Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke and Anthony already are well aware that
they don’t have a future together, sources say. That became clear to
Kroenke at a reception after Anthony’s July 11 (wedding) to La La
Vasquez in Manhattan," the report says.
Not only does Carmelo Anthony apparently have his heart set on playing
in New York, but a close confidant of the NBA superstar told The Post
yesterday that he is a better fit for the Big Apple than LeBron James.
"Nothing would bother him," the confidant said of Anthony playing here.
"The media wouldn’t bother him because he really likes people. The
pressure wouldn’t bother him because he loves to have the game in his
hands. Nothing bothers him."
It’s not going to get people buzzing like the futures of Carmelo Anthony
and Chris Paul do in our post-LeBron world. Not even close.
Yet it does rank as one of the growing curiosities in the NBA this summer:
Why, on Aug. 18, is Louis Amundson still available?
The Atlanta Hawks have reached out to free agent veteran Earl Boykins, confirmed a league source to RealGM.
Boykins helped stabilize a tumultuous season for the Washington Wizards,
appearing in 67 games and averaging 14.2 points per 36 minutes. His
09-10 season was a return to the NBA after a lucrative interlude playing
in Italy for Virtus Bologna during the 08-09 season.
While deciding where he wants to spend the rest of his basketball life, Carmelo Anthony will do what’s right by his family.
But believe this: Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke will do what is best for
his hefty investment in an NBA franchise, even if that means trading
The topic, dismissed even in recent months by veteran Lakers insiders,
is no longer couched in whispered possibility but openly discussed as
Magic Johnson will probably be splitting with the Lakers.
The Nuggets have requested waivers on guard Coby Karl and center Brian Butch, a source said Saturday.
Both had contracts due to become fully guaranteed for next season had
they remained with the team following Aug. 15. The source said the moves
were made Friday, the last business day before Sunday’s deadline,
although the Nuggets made no announcement. Calls to Nuggets officials
were not immediately returned.
First, Larry Bird said it. Now, Danny Granger is being even more
specific about what type of move the Indiana Pacers soon could make.
Asked by FanHouse on Friday in Springfield, Mass., where Bird was
inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame along with members of the 1992
Olympic Dream Team, the Pacers president said the team needs to make
another trade before the start of the regular season. Asked by FanHouse
about Bird’s comments, Granger said management has told him to expect a
move, and he figures they will look to acquire a big man.
Chauncey Billups said he may know something about Carmelo Anthony’s
future after speaking with his Nuggets teammate the past few days. But
Billups is keeping it quiet.
Anthony’s $65 million contract extension with Denver is growing spider
webs on the table. Billups said he hopes Anthony makes a decision on
whether or not to sign the extension before the season, so he won’t be
asked about it in every city.
The Spurs could tab a familiar name to fill a void in their front office.
Team officials have reached out to Danny Ferry to gauge his interest in
returning to the organization he left in 2005 to become the general
manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Ferry, who played the final three seasons of his career with the Spurs
and still maintains a house in San Antonio, retired after the 2002-03
campaign to join the team’s front office. He spent two seasons in middle
management under general manager R.C. Buford and president of
basketball operations Gregg Popovich before leaving in June 2005 to take
the Cleveland job.