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Not long after George Karl made his triumphant return with a resounding
victory over the Utah Jazz, the Denver Nuggets coach had an important
announcement for the assembled media. Despite Carmelo Anthony’s(notes)
well-chronicled efforts to push for a trade, Karl said, the Nuggets are
”going to keep him here whether he knows it or not.”
Anthony later laughed off his coach’s attempt at humor because that’s
all it was – a joke. For all the goodwill inspired by the Nuggets’
season-opening rout of their Northwest Division rival, Anthony told
Yahoo! Sports Wednesday night that he still doesn’t intend to sign the
team’s three-year, $64 million contract extension.
The Miami Heat are looking into adding another veteran to their
experience-laden roster. Jerry Stackhouse, who will turn 36 years-old
next month, worked out for the Heat in Atlanta on Thursday, a source
close to the team said.
Stackhouse met with Heat officials including team president Pat Riley on
Thursday and attended the Heat’s game Thursday night against the Hawks.
He is expected to take a physical on Saturday.
Right after the season, the Cavs were talking to the Clippers about a
huge deal for Baron Davis and Chris Kaman, with Mo Williams and others
headed to L.A. The idea was to bring in veterans to help keep James.
When James went south, the Cavs backed away from the deal.
After sitting out the Milwaukee Bucks’ first three exhibition games with
soreness and swelling in his surgically repaired right hand, center
Andrew Bogut is dealing with his physical situation.
"I might not be 100% the whole year," said Bogut.
Bogut, a third-team all-NBA selection last season, suffered injuries to
his right hand, wrist and elbow in a gruesome fall on April 3. He sat
out the three exhibition contests after getting hit on the hand in
practice on Oct. 1.
As talks on a four-way deal that included Utah and Charlotte lost
momentum on Monday, Denver and New Jersey were constructing contingency
plans with several other teams to try to keep alive hopes of a trade
that would send Carmelo Anthony(notes) to the Nets, league sources told
New Jersey and Denver were moving from including Utah’s Andrei
Kirilenko(notes) and Charlotte’s Boris Diaw(notes) in the trade
packages, front-office sources said, and trying to find trade partners
in both the Eastern and Western conferences. Denver and New Jersey were
trying to line up new scenarios that still would result with Anthony in
New Jersey and Derrick Favors(notes) and Nets draft picks in Denver,
Injuries and lack of depth up front have the GM looking for trading partners and searching the free-agent market.
There could very well be additions to the Raptors roster before training camp opens Tuesday.
With injuries to two of his young big men, president and general manager
Bryan Colangelo is scouring the trade and free-agent market looking to
make one last summer move.
Tony Parker might be right. Maybe this will be the “last real chance” for him to win a title with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.
But the finality of Parker’s statement this week says something else. If
Parker thinks this is it, then Parker likely thinks this is it for him,
Which could help the Spurs this season.
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."
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
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.