NBA News for November 3rd, 2008
NBA sources said the Nuggets have inquired about obtaining Denver native Chauncey Billups from the Pistons for Allen Iverson. Because of Iverson’s lucrative contract ($20.8 million) it would take more than Billups ($11 million), though . . .
New Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni reportedly wants the club to waive point guard Stephon Marbury.
The New York Post reported Sunday that D’Antoni, in his first season on the bench for the Knicks after four-plus seasons coaching the Phoenix Suns, wants the Knicks to cut ties with the embattled point guard.
Marbury, who played in just 24 games last year, was in uniform but did not play in New York’s season-opening win over the Miami Heat. He was put on the inactive list for the Knicks’ loss to Philadelphia on Friday; where he traveled with the team and sat on the bench in dress clothes.
The Knicks are on the hook for Marbury’s $21.9 million salary this season. If the club waives him, Marbury will inevitably clear waivers in two days and become a free agent.
Al Harrington still wants to be traded, and Golden State coach Don Nelson is not opposed to the idea.
"He thinks he’s a superstar. I think he’s a very good player. If he wants to be traded, we’ll try to accommodate him," Nelson told ESPN.com following the Golden State Warriors’ 105-97 victory Saturday night over the New Jersey Nets.
Harrington went public with a trade request on the eve of the season opener, and the Warriors have been fielding inquiries from numerous teams — although Nelson said the offers that have been reported in the media, including Eddy Curry of the Knicks and Jamaal Tinsley of the Indiana Pacers, were not deals the Warriors are willing to do.
The stench of Saturday night’s Heat loss in Charlotte probably wasn’t as rank to Shawn Marion.
The Heat confirmed yesterday that the veteran power forward broke his nose during the 100-87 defeat and will have to be fitted with a protective mask.
Marion said he did not know when he was injured, saying after the game, "The third quarter, the fourth quarter? I don’t know."
The team said Marion is not expected to miss any time. Marion said he has previously played through such discomfort.
The league is still reviewing video the Rockets provided of an incident earlier in the game when Howard tripped Yao.
As he sits at the end of the Knicks’ bench in street clothes, ostracized by the team he dreamed of playing for since he was a kid growing up in Coney Island, the former New York schoolboy star may look the picture of composure, but inside he is hurting.
"His pride is hurt," says Rob Johnson, a Queens basketball consultant and a longtime observer of New York City basketball.
"I’ve known Steph since he was 10 years old and I can tell he’s really hurt by this. He won’t cause problems. He wants to get on with his business and hopefully play for another team next year. They should just let him go."
The Utah Jazz are getting by pretty well without Deron Williams.
The Jazz set a team record with just five turnovers — fewer than they had with Williams or even John Stockton — and pulled away from the weary and short-handed Los Angeles Clippers for a 101-79 win Saturday night.
With Williams on the bench in street clothes recovering from a sprained left ankle he injured in the preseason, newcomer Brevin Knight had six assists and Ronnie Price had seven assists as the Jazz beat the winless Clippers with a commanding second half.
"Those guys are playing great. We’re holding it down without D-Will," said Carlos Boozer, who had his second double-double of the season with 25 points and 10 rebounds.