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Friday , Aug , 20 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Wilson Chandler for Rudy Fernandez?

I mentioned this in my report yesterday on the feud/pending divorce between Rudy Fernandez and the Portland Trail Blazers, but it belongs in the lead paragraph for this site: The Knicks are among the teams trying to acquire the Spanish shooting guard, and they have offered Wilson Chandler.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: For many reasons, Wilson Chandler isn't enough.

The on-going and never-ending Rudy Fernandez trade saga has backed the Portland Trail Blazers and their rookie GM Richie Cho into a corner.

So the New York Knicks offer of Chandler, an athletic swing, won't get a deal done and bring the Spaniard to The Big Apple.

The Blazers are peeved at Fernandez's constant whining to the international press. And Cho, who was just hired as head suit, can't accept anything but equal value in a trade.

Put yourself in Cho's situation. This is your first test as GM. Why cave to Fernandez's demands, take back less than equal value, and bear the brunt of a fan backlash? Instead, why not make a strong first impression with 'Rip City' and try for a home run?

Chandler's mixed record doesn't help. On-court, his athleticism is obvious. Off-court, is a different story: in May, he was arrested for possession of pot during a traffic stop in Queens, New York.

Of course, Portland is weary of acquiring such players because they endured years of 'Jail Blazer' antics and arrests.

Bottom line: the Knicks must up the ante if they want Fernandez's three-point shooting and energy in Madison Square Gardens next season.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Aug , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Do the Denver Nuggets have to trade Carmelo Anthony?

If the Rockets or Nets can present an offer that is agreeable to the Nuggets, Carmelo Anthony is open to being traded to, and signing a long-term extension with, one of these two clubs. The story was reported by Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, citing multiple league sources familiar with the situation.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: If Carmelo Anthony wanted to stay with the Denver Nuggets, he would've taken their three-year, $65 million contract offer.

This thing would've been signed, sealed, and delivered long ago. There's no deal and the speculation is hitting fever pitch.

After all, reports indicate Anthony has zero intention of re-upping with Denver. Instead, he wants to opt-out of his contract next July, hit free agency, and pick his new home.

So the Nuggets have two options. First, they can ignore the headlines, hope the seemingly inevitable doesn't occur, and pray that Anthony re-signs.

This is unlikely, and will result in Anthony's pending free agency becoming such a distraction the season will be compromised. Then he'll leave.

Second, they can accept the inevitable and trade him for a new cast of players to surround star point guard Chauncey Billups. The list of suitors for Anthony reportedly includes the Houston Rockets, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, and Orlando Magic.

The Nuggets should be able to find a deal to their liking. In fact, it seems they don't have much choice.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Aug , 16 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Is Carmelo Anthony to New York inevitable?

A "methodical connecting of dots" is beginning to paint a grim picture in Denver. These are some of the dots: Carmelo's selling his Littleton estate; the constant reports of Anthony telling friends that he wants to play for the New York Knicks; his New York wedding; his East Coast upbringing; summer trade talk that has cropped up twice in his time in Denver, which hasn't always made him feel wanted; oh, and not signing a contract that averages around $21.6 million per year for the next three years, a sizable amount of money that he may not be able to earn under a new collective bargaining agreement.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s starting to feel inevitable.

Perhaps, Carmelo Anthony passes on the Denver Nuggets three-year, $65 million extension and takes less money and term to sign with the New York Knicks.
 
One sign has been overlooked: the All-Star forward has been especially active in negotiating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with owners. The old CBA expires next summer, which is when Anthony can become a free agent.

His participation in union-owner meetings shows Anthony is very much weighing what he’d have to sacrifice to leave Denver for New York. Heading east has crossed his mind.

Whatever his decision, Anthony must handle free agency better than a certain player selected ahead of him in the 2003 Draft (for the record, we’re not talking about Darko Milicic).

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Aug , 15 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Could Chris Paul and Tony Parker call New York home?

Stefan Bondy: Asked eva longoria if tony parker wants to play in new york: her answer, "yes"

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: No surprise here.

The Desperate Housewife wants hubby Tony Parker to take his talent to the media capital of the world, New York City. So Parker - a free agent at season's end - could be on the move.

The San Antonio Spurs have young George Hill waiting in the wings at point guard. And Manu Ginobili found his game when Parker was injured during the latter months of the 2010 regular season.

A move to New York is slightly more complicated than Mr. and Mrs. Eva Longoria realize, though.

The Knicks have their eyes on prying superstar Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets. However, the Knicks could add Paul and Parker.

Coach Mike D'Antoni would love the scoring opportunities Paul and Parker would collectively create, and he wouldn't worry about their lack of size on defense.

This isn't such a crazy idea. Remember, Coach Gregg Popovich once considered moving Parker to the two-spot when the Spurs were chasing free agent point guard Jason Kidd.

Now Kidd is bigger than Paul and Parker. He can easily defend opposing two-guards. But Paul and Parker would compensate for their smaller stature by pressuring the ball full court, and they would be protected in D'Antoni's up-tempo system.

Again, it's no surprise Parker has interest in New York. The surprise could be having Paul as his backcourt mate.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Aug , 15 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Did Trevor Ariza and Aaron Brooks clash in Houston?

Trevor Ariza was traded to the Hornets on Wednesday as part of a four-team trade.His departure may help team chemistry, as Ariza reportedly had a 'troubled relationship' with Aaron Brooks.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The Houston Rockets created cap space and a starting position for scorer Kevin Martin, but this may not be the reason Trevor Ariza was traded.
 
Apparently, Ariza and Aaron Brooks had issues, so the Rockets dealt their blue-collar swing to preserve chemistry.
 
Fair enough.
 
Coach Rick Adelman's defensive system depends on effort and trust. Players have to work together. Players have to believe in each other. Players have to put the team first.
 
Ariza and Brooks' issues could have compromised Adelman's entire scheme. So somebody had to go. Brooks is a speedy point guard, while Martin and the inflated payroll made Ariza expendable.
 
The club has done this before. Last year, Tracy McGrady was paid to stay home because his comeback was alienating teammates and coaches. Eventually, he was shipped to the New York Knicks.
 
The Rockets are hoping their team-first approach with Ariza and McGrady is rewarded with playoff success.
 
--Oly Sandor.
 
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Friday , Aug , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

What the Knicks will get from Andy Rautins

New York Knicks president of basketball operations Donnie Walsh announced Thursday that the team has signed guard Andy Rautins, the 38th overall selection in the 2010 NBA Draft, to a player contract.

Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Rautins, 6-4, 194-pounds, played four seasons at Syracuse University and averaged 12.1 points and 4.9 assists as a senior in 2009-10.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: On Tuesday evening, I had a press pass for the Jack Donohue International Classic between Canada and China in Vancouver, BC.

Andy Rautins is the starting off-guard for the Canadians. What New York fans have heard is true: the former Syracuse star has serious range.

On Tuesday, he was 4-of-6 from behind the three-point line. Two of his three-pointers were from well beyond the arc. His jump shot can punish opposing defenses for cheating or double-teaming.  

Rautins, at 6-6, also has nice size for the two-spot. He’s an above average passer and competes on both ends of the floor.

However, his mid-range game is an area of concern. Rautins needs to develop an in-between game to complement his outside shot.

Rautins does have a strong basketball IQ. His father is Leo Rautins, a former center with the Philadelphia 76ers, broadcaster, and the current coach of the Canadian national side.

Maybe Rautins sticks in New York. Maybe he doesn’t. He only needs the right opportunity to show he’s an NBA player.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Aug , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Source says Anthony ‘eager’ to leave Denver for New York

Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony is a free agent next summer and he has told friends that he's "eager to explore playing" for the New York Knicks when his contract is up, according to CBSSports.com.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Will he ‘eagerly’ sacrifice millions of dollars to leave the Denver Nuggets and sign with the New York Knicks?

This, of course, is the important point. Not that Anthony likes the Five Burroughs. 

Carmelo Anthony, a free agent in 2011, obviously has his eyes on the bright lights of Madison Square Gardens and New York City.

After all, Anthony and wife Lala Vaszuez were both born in Brooklyn. The Knicks are a classic franchise with the resources to sign the scorer and provide a supporting cast.

Problem is, the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires next summer. And NBA owners want a new CBA that limits the power superstars like Anthony have over franchises.

So the Nuggets will have even greater leverage over Anthony. Perhaps they’ll be able to offer him even more money than other teams. Perhaps they’ll be able to tack on an additional two years to his contract. Or perhaps the entire system changes and Anthony doesn’t become a free agent.

Eager or not, there are many factors to be determined before Anthony heads east for New York.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Aug , 09 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Marbury on Isiah’s return: ‘Good luck, New York’

Stephon Marbury told The Post yesterday that he is done with the NBA. He will never get a second chance with the Knicks like Isiah Thomas, whose NBA life was resuscitated by James Dolan on Friday.

"Good luck, New York," Marbury said wryly in reacting to Thomas' return to the Knicks as a part-time consultant. "Good luck, New York."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Do I detect a note of sarcasm from the one they call The Starbury?

Stephon Marbury and Isiah Thomas were once allies with the New York Knicks. Thomas traded for Marbury, a former New York high school star. And for a while, the two were connected at the hip.

Once the losing started, once the negative press began, once Thomas' sexual harassment case made national headlines, they turned on each other.

Marbury refused to support Thomas and the organization during the sexual harassment case. The problems then spilled over to the basketball court, and the two had a confrontation on the team plane. For their shenanigans, both were run out the NBA.

There is a difference between these two: Thomas is getting a second chance, Marbury is not.

Perhaps, Marbury's sarcasm is really sour grapes.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Aug , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Will ‘Melo pull a ‘LeBron’ on Denver?

Carmelo Anthony may soon face the same predicament close friend LeBron James was in -- playing for a club good enough to compete but not to win a championship. We all know what choice LeBron made, and Anthony could make a similar decision next year. Anthony has been long rumored to favor the Knicks, who didn't waste their remaining salary cap money on lesser free agents, choosing to save the cash. The Nuggets stayed relatively quiet in the offseason besides the additions of Al Harrington and Shelden Williams, and they don't look dramatically different from the team that lost in the first round to Utah in May. Unless the Nuggets make some dramatic moves over the next 12 months, they risk losing Anthony for nothing.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It could happen.

Carmelo Anthony could leave as a free agent. The Nuggets could get nothing back. And the city of Denver could get angry with Anthony like Cleveland did with LeBron James.

However, two things work in the Nuggets' favour. First, there isn't a crew of superstars to lure him from Denver. The New York Knicks have cap space, Amar'e Stoudemire, and play in the media capital of the world.

They don't have a once in a generation swingman like Dwyane Wade, though.

Second, a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is coming next summer, likely before Anthony hits free agency. The new CBA will surely give teams' greater power in retaining top free agents because owners are frustrated with the leverage superstars have.

So Anthony may have to sacrifice significant money and/or term to leave Denver for the New York Knicks.

This could still happen. Anthony could also decide to take the most money available and re-sign with the Nuggets

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Aug , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Are T-Mac and Pistons a fit in 2011?

Tracy McGrady might be playing in the Central Division next season, but not with the team he was anticipating. The Detroit Pistons are seriously weighing whether to sign the two-time scoring champion after McGrady's recent flirtation with the Chicago Bulls, according to sources with knowledge of Detroit's thinking.

DraftExpress.com's Jonathan Givony reported earlier Saturday that the Pistons have already committed to sign McGrady to a one-year deal at the league's $1.35 million veteran minimum, but one source close to the situation told ESPN.com that Pistons officials were "taking the weekend" to discuss the move.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Will ‘T-Mac’ spend 2011 in Motown?

Currently, there are conflicting reports on the World Wide Web as to the Detroit Pistons’ interest in former superstar Tracy McGrady.

Some reports claim he’s already a Piston. Other reports claim the club only had a 'discussion' about signing him.

Bottom line: this should happen. It’s a fit for the team and player.

The Pistons failed to qualify for the playoffs in 2010, and – as currently constructed - they stand zero chance of qualifying in the revamped Eastern Conference in 2011.

They need to rebuild, but must field a team in the interim. McGrady’s name and previous life as a superstar will keep things somewhat interesting at The Palace in Auburn Hills.

Meanwhile, the mediocre Pistons are ideal for McGrady. He’ll get the shots, minutes, and touches to re-establish his name and prolong his career.

After all, the Houston Rockets told McGrady to take a hike. And the New York Knicks took a pass after providing an end of year audition in 2010.

So the Pistons would get a distraction. And McGrady would get an opportunity. Sounds like a win-win for all involved.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Aug , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Isiah Thomas to help NY Knicks sign Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul?

In a Friday telephone interview, Donnie Walsh said there were no plans for Isiah Thomas to resume a full-time position with the Knicks. Walsh said Thomas had initiated the discussions on returning to the team in some formal capacity.

"Isiah can help us in the areas that he’ll consult with us in," Walsh said.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Insanity is repeating the same behaviour and expecting a different result.

On the surface, it would appear reasonable to call the New York Knicks decision to re-hire Isiah Thomas insane.

Thomas, of course, decimated the franchise. He traded for Stephon Marbury and Eddy Curry. He signed Jerome James for mid-level money. And he got involved in a sexual harassment case.

Why would new Knicks executive Donnie Walsh bring ‘Zeke’ back as an outside consultant? Why would Walsh and this classic franchise seek such drama?   

To be fair, Thomas has always been an astute judge of talent. For instance, he drafted sleepers like blue-collar swingman Trevor Ariza and scoring post David Lee.

Thomas can supposedly relate to today’s players better than Walsh and coach Mike D’Antoni. This apparently helped the club sign pogo-stick free agent Amar’e Stoudemire.

And the Knicks are hoping Thomas’ communication skills can land them two more free agents. Next summer, they want Carmelo Anthony. Two summers from now, they’re scheming on Chris Paul.

Perhaps, this isn’t insanity. Perhaps, this is a calculated risk.       

After all, the Knicks have Thomas on their terms. Most of the time, he’ll be coaching at Florida International University. When needed, he’s available to give his opinion on prospects or help woo free agents.

The Knicks will only be utilizing Thomas’ strengths, and not giving him an opportunity or chance to show his obvious weaknesses as an administrator.

Perhaps this isn’t insanity or even a calculated risk. Public relations aside, this type of ad hoc, casual arrangement could work for the team and Thomas.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Aug , 05 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Report: Shannon Brown will pick Lakers over Knicks

Shannon Brown is "leaning" toward returning to the Lakers to go for a "three-peat", according to his agent Mark Bartelstein. Brown is expected to make his final decision on Thursday. The free agent has also been considering the Knicks.

"The Knicks did a great job selling Shannon on everything and their vision for him," Bartelstein said. "They did a great job, but the chance to go back and win a third championship for the Lakers is a tough thing to pass up. He'll make a final decision [today]."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: You can't blame him for staying put.
 
Shannon Brown is young, so he'll sacrafice everything to remain with the Los Angeles Lakers: money, minutes, shots, and playing time.
 
After all, he has a chance at three-peating in Los Angeles, while the New York Knicks will struggle to secure one of the last playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
 
So the Lakers will likely win out on the Knicks. For now.
 
In a few years, Brown will have to take the largest contract available. And the new Collective Bargaining Agreement could hamper the Lakers' ability to keep valuable supporting pieces.  
 
However, the Staples Center faithful will be treated to another year of Brown's aerial antics.
 
--Oly Sandor.
 
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Wednesday , Aug , 04 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Anthony taking risk passing on Nuggets’ extension

Carmelo Anthony is not expected to sign an extension with the Nuggets this summer, according to sources close to the situation. "Sources close to the situation don't expect Carmelo Anthony to sign an extension with the Denver Nuggets this summer," Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld wrote on his Twitter page.
If Anthony doesn't sign an extension this summer, he'll hit the free agent market next July.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It is risky business -and we're not referring to that bad Tom Cruise flick from the eighties.

Carmelo Anthony could lose millions of dollars if he passes on the Denver Nuggets' three-year, $65 million contract extension and opts for free agency next July.

Of course, July of 2011 is also when the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement expires. After the inevitable lock-out, a new CBA will be ratified, and all players, even superstars such as Anthony, will likely face a pay cut. The length of  their max contracts will also be reduced.

So the Nuggets, along with every team in the league, will have less to offer Anthony.

There's also the stumbling economy. If ticket sales and sponsorships don't improve, the free agent market will sag. The great equalizer is, as always, the New York Knicks. This wealthy franchise has the resources to offer Anthony the largest contract possible under whatever financial system is being used.

Relying on the Knicks is still a risk, though. It's one Anthony seems willing to make. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Where do the “New” New York Knicks finish with Amar’e?
Tuesday , Aug , 03 , 2010 J.N.

Where do the “New” New York Knicks finish with Amar’e?

Did anyone want to remember the past decade? It was full of LULZ and OMG! Those days are over. The scene was interesting to see Stephon Marbury shout “Dey scared now!” His interviews were nothing short of breathtaking. I miss seeing Zach Randolph dribble the ball like he was in an And-1 commercial. Isiah Thomas took the Knicks even deeper in to the abyss. Mike D’Antoni’s priceless expression when he didn’t land the number one pick to get Derrick Rose was hilarious.

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Friday , Jul , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Will Shannon Brown leave Lakers for Knicks?

The Knicks have made a contract offer to Shannon Brown using a portion of their remaining salary-cap room, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It would be great for the New York Knicks.
 
Shannon Brown - one of the league's most exciting players - running the floor with pogo stick post Amar'e Stoudemire and exciting Madison Square Gardens with their high-flying aerial antics. These two would dominate highlight reels and youtube clips for years
 
There is a catch: reserve guard Sasha Vujacic.
 
Brown's priority is to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers and vice-versa. But the two-time defending champions have no cap space.
 
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has to dump Vujacic's $5 million expiring contract to create enough cap space to re-sign Brown. No team wants the Slovenian, and if the purple-and-gold can't trade Vujacic, then they can't keep Brown.
 
Of course, Brown - with no chance of returning to the west coast - would then have to take the Knicks' offer.  
 
Bottom line: New York is Brown's back-up plan -even if it would be great.
 
--Oly Sandor.
 
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Thursday , Jul , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Eddie House’s job with Miami: more than catch, shoot, pound chest

Eddie House's agent says the veteran guard has agreed to terms on a $2.8 million, two-year contract with the Miami Heat. Agent Mark Bartelstein said Thursday that the second year is a player option.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Catch. Shoot. Pound chest.

This will be Eddie House's official job description with the Miami Heat in 2011. And for his ability as a sharpshooter, for his ability to punish opposing defenses that double-team the Three Kings, House will earn in excess of a million dollars.

However, the journeyman also brings certain intangibles.

In 07 Seconds Or Less - the best seller by CNNSI's Jack McCallum that covers the Phoenix Suns' 2006 season - House was universally loved by teammates and coaches. Same thing with the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks. 

Once again, the Heat did well with the House signing. He'll do more than 'catch, shoot, and pound chest'. He'll provide some much needed moments of laughter and entertainment.

This will be his unofficial job description.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jul , 24 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Derrick Rose on Chicago signing T-Mac: ‘he’ll help us’

I think that if he comes along he can help our team," Rose said Friday. "A player like him, with his experience and how he plays, I think he'll help us."

McGrady's effectiveness will depend on his left knee. He had microfracture surgery about a year and a half ago.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Derrick Rose is reminiscing on the old 'T-Mac'.

Yes, Tracy McGrady was once a superstar. His length, athleticism, and skill-set made him an All-NBA scorer for the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets.

Age, injury, and ego have ruined him.

Today, McGrady is past-his-prime. He's on the other side of thirty. His always brittle body has endured micro fracture surgery. Yet, he still demands first-option minutes, shots, and touches.

After missing nine months with knee problems, McGrady's desire for a significant role was an issue with the Houston Rockets last year.

So the club paid him to disappear, eventually trading their former franchise player to the New York Knicks at the trade deadline.

McGrady, of course, refused to change for the Knicks. Instead of using his length and basketball IQ to re-brand himself as a defender and facilitator, he tried being a scorer –and failed.

Despite falling short in free agency, New York has no interest in re-signing him this summer.

McGrady could help the Chicago Bulls –if he accepted a role. The swing would be an ideal sixth-man, serving as a second-unit game-changer on both ends of the floor.

Problem is, McGrady won’t defer. Much like Allen Iverson with the Memphis Grizzlies, he wants to start. Not come off the bench.

And much like Iverson with the Grizzlies, he still wants star treatment. Not blend with point guard Rose and post scorer Carlos Boozer.

This is why Rose reminiscing is dangerous. His Bulls should pass on McGrady.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jul , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: has Chris Paul to N.Y. Knicks been in the works for weeks?

The Knicks are willing to trade anyone aside from newly-signed forward Amar'e Stoudemire for Hornets guard Chris Paul, according to a league source.

Paul is scheduled to meet with New Orleans general manager Dell Demps, head coach Monty Williams and president Hugh Weber on Monday.

"Amar'e won't be traded, but everyone else is available," the executive said of New York.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: No doubt about it, Chris Paul to the New York Knicks has been in the works for weeks.

After all, Paul and the New Orleans Hornets couldn't possibly last. Not in today's polarized NBA, where a few big spenders dominate and the rest of the league gets the table scraps.

New Orleans as a market can't generate enough revenue to provide Paul with a supporting cast. And New Orleans' owner, George Shinn, either lacks the pockets or will to personally pay for talent.

So it wasn't a if, but a when. When would the point guard tire of small market New Orleans and demand a trade to a major market.

Enter the Knicks.

New York is the media capital of the world. They play in historic Madison Square Gardens. Owner James Dolan has no issue throwing money around like a multi-platinum rapper at the strip club.

And for some time, they’ve wanted Paul.

Consider the evidence. After signing a max contract with the Knicks, Amar'e Stoudemire announced he'd form his own super team in New York with Carmelo Anthony and Paul to rival the Miami Heat's Three Kings.

Unfortunately, his prospective co-stars both had contracts. Anthony has a year left on his deal with the Nuggets. Paul owes the Hornets two years. 

Unless STAT knew something we didn't. Where the wheels were already in motion?

Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni, New York's lead executive and coach, surely heard the rumblings that Paul wanted out of New Orleans. They probably promised Stoudemire they'd do everything possible to get C3P.  

The NBA is also a close fraternity. Players are buddy-buddy. Stoudemire and Paul have probably discussed balling together over bottles in the club or through text messages.

Then, this summer the Knicks agreed to a sign-and-trade with the Golden State Warriors, where they sent David Lee out west for Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph, and Ronny Turiaf.

There's a feeling the Knicks specifically took back assets the Hornets would want. Turiaf makes sense as a back-up to Stoudemire, but Walsh likely picked Azubuike and Randolph because he knew their age and cheap salaries would appeal to New Orleans. 

In other words, they were positioning themselves to get Paul.

They knew this was coming. They saw the sign -Paul leaving his long-time management company Octagon in early July to join LRMR services, owned by best friend LeBron James.   

Today's report clearly supports this belief. Apparently, the Hornets can ask for any player(s), other than Stoudemire, on the Knicks' roster. Azubuike and Randolph could easily be part of a blockbuster package.

So if Paul lands in New York, it's no accident and has been in the works for a long, long time.

--Oly Sandor.
 
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Thursday , Jul , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Unhappy Hornet: Chris Paul demands trade to Knicks, Magic, or Lakers

According to a source with knowledge of his plan, Chris Paul has requested that the Hornets trade him to the Knicks, Magic or Lakers before the season begins.

"He wants out," the source told Ken Berger of CBS Sports. "He wants to play with another superstar. He wants to follow LeBron's model of teaming up with other great players."

 
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: I know it. You know it. All of basketball knows it.
 
The 'it' is the worst kept secret in the NBA: Chris Paul does not want play for the New Orleans Hornets because they have no chance of contending.
 
None. So he`s requested a trade.
 
New Orleans is a small market that has always had trouble generating revenue. Factor in Hurricane Katrina, the financial meltdown, the recent oil spill, and fans and local businesses will have even less disposable income to support the club.
 
Currently, the Hornets can't possibly generate enough revenue to provide Paul with a star-studded supporting cast. Of course, owner George Shinn has always had notoriously short arms, so he won't dip into his pockets to make up the shortfall.
 
Paul is aware of this. He's seen the NBA become increasingly polarized the last few years. He's seen his buddies migrate to the league's have teams, and is determined not to be stuck with a have-not.
 
Now the jitterbug point guard wants out. This might not be a bad option. Young table-setter Darren Collison is waiting in the wings. The Hornets can get Paul's max' salary off their books, while receiving a package of expiring contracts, draft picks, and blue-chip prospects back.
 
However, the Paul quagmire speaks volumes about the current state of the league: the NBA is divided into a few rich teams and many poor teams.
 
The current Collective Bargaining Agreement's soft cap, luxury tax, and series of loop holes are a problem in this tough economy. And it is one of the many reasons a lockout is brewing.
 
I know it. You know it. All of basketball knows it.
 
Other than Paul's trade demands, a labour war in July of 2011 is the worst kept secret in the NBA.
 
--Oly Sandor.
 
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Thursday , Jul , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Desperate T-Mac taking physical for desperate Clippers

Tracy McGrady underwent a physical with the Clippers on Tuesday and was scheduled to work out for the team on Wednesday. It was reported last week that McGrady would work out for the Clippers on Tuesday.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Instead of developing their young pieces, the Los Angeles Clippers are clinging to the hope that Tracy McGrady can help.
 
He can't.
 
McGrady isn't T-Mac. He hasn't been for years. The Houston Rockets, who didn't even make the playoffs in 2010, couldn't get rid of him fast enough. 
 
The New York Knicks acquired him for one reason: his expiring contract. And despite striking out on most free agents this summer, the Knicks had zero interest in re-signing McGrady.
 
Yet, the Clippers - the league's perpetual laughingstock - are flirting with the former All-Star.
 
It doesn't matter that he was brittle and a shade of his former self before microfracture surgery. It doesn't matter that his defense is now non-existent. It doesn't matter that his demand for touches, shots, and minutes would stunt the development of their young players.    
 
Los Angeles' other team is desperate. So is McGrady. Sounds like a match made in heaven.
 
--Oly Sandor
 
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