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Tuesday , Feb , 22 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Isiah Thomas to join Carmelo Anthony in New York?

The Knicks acquired Carmelo Anthony in a blockbuster trade on Monday, but the price was steeper than Donnie Walsh was hoping to pay.New York's front office has been suffering from a power struggle, with Isiah Thomas consulting James Dolan and the franchise also recently hired Mark Warkentien who is a CAA client. "This is all Dolan. All Isiah. All (Worldwide) Wes and Leon Rose," said an ally of Walsh.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Carmelo Anthony is heading to the New York Knicks, and Isiah Thomas might soon join him.

Reports indicate Knicks owner James Dolan used Isiah Thomas, a former employee, and consultant ‘Worldwide’ Wes to acquire Anthony because current Executive Donnie Walsh wasn’t bullish on the Denver Nuggets’ forward.

Clearly, there’s a power struggle occurring in the Knickerbockers’ front office. And the daggers are out since Walsh's contract expires at season's end.

Here’s the question: would Dolan actually let Walsh, a respected front office guru, leave and replace him with Thomas, a man who has slashed and burned everything he has touched since taking off a Detroit Pistons jersey?

Sadly, the answer is yes.

Yes, Dolan has reservations about re-signing Walsh –even though he cleaned up much of the cap mess Thomas created during his ‘Reign of Terror’ at Madison Square Garden.

Yes, Dolan has something against the class, stability, and professionalism Walsh exudes and has a soft spot for Thomas’ tomfoolery, shenanigans, and lawsuits.

And yes, Dolan seems apathetic to Dolan’s more restrained personality and seems taken by Thomas’ Cheshire-cat smile and charm.

If Walsh is given the boot for Thomas, the Knicks will again sink to the bottom of the standings –regardless of how much talent they have on-court.

After all, great organizations have stability at the top. Zeke only knows the opposite: instability. Since leaving the Pistons, he has walked on the Continental Basketball Association and Toronto Raptors, while also destroying the Knicks, one of the NBA’s great franchises.

To be fair, he had mediocre results as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers.  

Don’t be surprised if Anthony’s return to his home of New York marks the return of Thomas. And the sequel won’t be better than the original.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Feb , 22 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

‘Melo-Drama Over: Carmelo Anthony traded to NY Knicks

Carmelo Anthony has been traded to the Knicks, according to a sources that spoke to the Denver Post and New York Daily News. New York will give up Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov, Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry's expiring contract, their own first round pick in 2014, Golden State's second round picks in 2012 and 2013, and $3 million in cash.

Randolph and Curry will go to Minnesota. Corey Brewer is also expected to be traded to the Nuggets. Going to the Knicks with Anthony will be Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The ‘Melo-Drama’ is over. The superstar got what he wanted –a return home.

The New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets have reportedly completed a three team, twelve player trade that would see Carmelo Anthony play regularly at historic Madison Square Gardens.

This deal, however, raises several questions for the Knicks.

First, can Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, two Alpha Males with egos the size of Manhattan, share the ball and spotlight?

Second, should New York have gutted their roster for Anthony, a scorer who has yet to prove he can make those around him better?

Third, wouldn't they have been wiser to sign Anthony as a free agent when the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is signed and keep their supporting pieces?

Finally, are the Knicks better with Anthony?

Nevertheless, they deserve credit for taking a chance and acquiring Anthony –even if they had to sacrifice most of their team to do so.

Only time will tell if their gamble pays off, though.

Come back to HoopsVibe News for more on the Anthony trade.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Feb , 20 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Deron Williams to join Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony with Knicks?

Deron Williams began informing associates after last season that if Amar'e Stoudemire wound up in New York, he would follow him there as a free agent in 2012, according to sources.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Of course, Deron Williams wants to play for the New York Knicks.

For years, Williams has plied his trade with the Utah Jazz. While often good, the Jazz lack the financial resources and/or co-stars to legitimately challenge for a championship.

Williams knows this. As do the Jazz. And nothing short of communist style revenue sharing in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement can change this.

This is frustrating for the All-Star point guard; however, it’s less of an issue for the Jazz’s front office, who are content with qualifying for the playoffs.

Williams’ frustration has occasionally been taken out on teammates and coaches, which made him an easy scapegoat when Hall of Fame sideline boss Jerry Sloan suddenly retired last week.

It’s no secret Williams and Sloan clashed, but no player could force the hardscrabble coach out. Sloan left the Jazz because he wanted to. He had nothing left.

So the recent drama likely solidified Williams’ desire to leave the Jazz as a free agent in two years. He surely wants better teammates, a bigger market, and a chance to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy in June.

New York in 2012 makes sense.

The Knicks will have Amar’e Stoudemire and quite possibly Carmelo Anthony; ‘The Big Apple’ would provide greater endorsement opportunities; and owner James Dolan has no issue spending on talent.

Williams will have competition, though. In sixteen months, Chris Paul will become a free agent, and the tiny table-setter has also been linked to the Knicks.

It may come down to the system. If the Knicks are still using Mike D’Antoni’s ‘Seven Seconds or Less’ offence, they’ll sign the speedy Paul. If they’re more of a half-court team, they’ll sign the powerful Williams.

Bottom line: Williams’ situation with the Jazz is bound to get interesting.

--Oly Sandor.
 
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Sunday , Feb , 20 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Anthony says no to extension with Nets

Carmelo Anthony has informed people close to him that he will not sign an extension with the Nets, according to sources.  Anthony has had a longstanding preference to play for the Knicks.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: New York Knicks or New Jersey Nets?

For months, Carmelo Anthony has been going back-and-forth on where he hopes the Denver Nuggets trade him. Anthony, of course, has considerable leverage because he can become a free agent at season’s end and pick where he plays.

A trade between Denver and New Jersey is now unlikely because reports are surfacing that Anthony told the Nets he wouldn’t sign an extension with them.

So the Knicks it is, apparently.

The Nets won’t mortgage the house, farm, and family compound in a trade for Anthony if he intends on crossing the Hudson River and signing with the rival Knicks. That would be a public relations disaster.

The Anthony saga is like a crime fiction novel –with twists and turns each day. Don’t completely count the Nets out.   

Today, the Knicks are the frontrunner. Tomorrow is anybody’s guess, however.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Feb , 19 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Knicks want Anthony to sign Paul in 2012?

The Knicks have improved their offer to Denver for Carmelo Anthony. New York is now putting Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Eddy Curry and a first round pick to Denver for Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups and salary cap filler.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It seems the Denver Nuggets’ ploy worked.

They made it seem like the New Jersey Nets were on the verge of acquiring Carmelo Anthony, forcing the New York Knicks to raise their lowball offer.

When the Nets were out of the ‘Melo sweepstakes, the Knicks had leverage. They could take their time, wait, and offer less than fair value because Anthony wants to opt-out of his contract at season’s end and sign on to play at Madison Square Garden.

Once the Nets were back in, the Knicks had to move. They recently sweetened the pot and included Danilo Gallineri in their package for Anthony.

Now things will get interesting, as the Nets and Knicks are openly competing for Anthony. Here’s why the Knicks made their Italian shooter available:

It would be bad business having Anthony suit up for the rival Nets. Consider that the Nets will soon leave New Jersey for their new Brooklyn stadium digs. Consider that their billionaire Russian owner will spend a plethora of rubles to battle the Knicks in New York.

The real prize may be New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul, though. The tiny table-setter will leave the Hornets and sign with the Knicks, especially if it means playing with his superstar brethren in Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.

A team with Anthony, Paul, and Stoudemire would be formidable, giving the Knicks their first real shot at an NBA Title in well over a decade.

So the Nuggets forced the Knicks to up their offer for Anthony. However, the real winner could well be the Knicks.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Feb , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

JR Smith on future with Nuggets: ‘I don’t know where I stand’

Still, he wonders what the future holds. I'm in a tough situation," Smith said. "They don't really know what they want to do, as far as what direction they want to go in — if they do (trade) Melo or if they don't. So it's tough for me in my position because I don't know where I stand. So, you just have to keep playing it out and see how it looks."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call:
There’s less attitude, chest-pounding, scowls, and poor decisions on-and-off court. There’s more maturity, smiles, and sound behaviour.

This may not be enough to keep J.R. Smith with the Denver Nuggets. After all, the Nuggets are in a holding pattern until they decide the fate of superstar Carmelo Anthony.

If the Nuggets trade Anthony to the New York Knicks, they rebuild. Chauncey Billups gets moved. The same goes for Smith, who is in the final year of his contract.

If the Nuggets re-sign Anthony for three-years at $65 million, they reload. Billups sticks around; Smith and management likely discuss a new contract.

However, there’s a difference between discussing and signing a contract.

The Nuggets may decide Smith is expendable –regardless of Anthony’s fate. A contender in need of help at the two-guard –like, say, the Chicago Bulls- could make an offer they can’t refuse.

The only thing Smith can do is to play. And play well. The rest will take care of itself.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Feb , 11 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Nuggets want Felton in trade for Anthony?

Recent rumors indicate that the Nuggets would like the Knicks to include Raymond Felton in a package for Carmelo Anthony, with Chauncey Billups ending up in New York as part of the deal as well.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There’s no escape. It’s the beast of all rumors. Amar’e Stoudemire aside, every New York Knick has now been included in trade discussion for the Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony.
 
And it won’t stop. Not until the Nuggets and Knicks finally complete the inevitable and agree to terms on a deal to send Anthony east to Madison Square Garden.

The latest episode in the daily soap opera called As ‘Melo Turns has Ray Felton joining the Nuggets, while Billups would follow Anthony to the Knicks.

Just a thought: how would Stoudemire feel about Felton changing teams? Over the last few months, STAT and the former Charlotte Bobcat have developed into a formidable pick-and-roll tandem.

The two have an obvious chemistry. And this would be hard to replicate with Billups, even though Mr. Big Shot is still a steady table-setter.

Of course, Billups may not stick in New York. The veteran does not have a guaranteed contract for the 2012 season, so the Knicks could waive him and increase their cap space.

The rumors will continue until this blockbuster trade/marriage between Anthony and the Knicks is finally consummated.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Feb , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

New York Madness: why the Knicks shouldn’t trade for Carmelo Anthony

In the three-team package, the Knicks would be giving up Wilson Chandler, Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry's expiring contract. That would seem too good to be true, and one person familiar with talks said there could be other pieces involved.

"I don't think we have anything going, but we're getting a feeling for possibilities,'' Walsh said before the Knicks played the 76ers at the Garden. "We have a better feeling for what's going to happen.'' In Donniespeak, that means things have progressed, with the trade deadline still a very long 19 days away. The Nuggets would get a first-round pick, Chandler and Minnesota's Corey Brewer, but the feeling is they would have to gain more for this deal to take place.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Trading for Carmelo Anthony makes as much sense for the New York Knicks as re-hiring Isiah Thomas.

Maybe less.

After all, Anthony wants to suit up for the Knicks. He’ll take less of everything – shots, cold hard cash, and spotlight- to call Madison Square Garden home.

Why give up an expiring contract, Eddy Curry, and two young assets, Wilson Chandler and Anthony Randolph, when Anthony will sign as a free agent and cost nothing but money?

Speaking of money, Anthony will cost less as a free agent. Suppose the Knicks acquire Melo before the February 24th deadline. They would need to honour the final year of his max contract and extend him under the old Collective Bargaining Agreement.

So Anthony would make $18 million in 2012 and possibly $20 million per year from 2013 to 2016.

Suppose the Knicks hold off on a trade. To become a free agent, Anthony would have to opt-out of the last year of his current contract and leave $18 million on the table.

His next contract would fall under the new CBA, which will reduce all player salaries –even those paid to superstars.

Waiting for Anthony would cost the Knicks far less in terms of assets and money. It’s the smart, prudent move.

Unfortunately, there are rumblings Thomas will return to New York and replace executive Donnie Walsh, despite causing nothing but mayhem and destruction.

Perhaps Anthony becomes a Knick before February 24th.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Feb , 05 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: NY Knicks or bust for Carmelo Anthony?

Several sources told Yahoo! Sports that Carmelo Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose, has recently begun informing teams that the All-Star forward is interested in signing a contract extension with only the New York Knicks.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Carmelo Anthony’s representatives are confirming the worst secret in sports. One way or another, the three-man will play for the New York Knicks.

Forget the Chicago Bulls or New Jersey Nets; same with the Denver Nuggets. Anthony has his heart set on Madison Square Garden.

The only thing left to be settled is when and how much: when will the All-Star suit up in New York? And how much will it cost the player and team?

Anthony’s representatives have hurt his trade value by making it known he’ll only sign an extension with the Knicks.

This changes Anthony’s situation, making him a two month rental for most teams since he can become a free agent in July. Perhaps a contender with a closing championship window, like Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks, makes a deal before the February 24th trade deadline.

Perhaps the Knicks and Nuggets end this Melo-drama by swinging a deal before the deadline. The Knicks and Anthony would, of course, agree on an extension.

Here’s the most likely scenario: Anthony ends up waiting for the new Collective Bargaining Agreement to be settled, opts out of his contract and becomes a free agent, and promptly signs with the Knicks.

After all, why would the Knicks sacrifice young assets like Wilson Chandler and Landry Fields in a trade for Anthony when they can simply sign him this summer?

There is a twist. Signing with the Knicks as a free agent will cost Anthony. The new CBA will reduce the value of every NBA contract, including those given to superstars. Anthony will bank several million dollars if he can get to New York and agree to an extension before season’s end.

One way or another, Anthony will be a Knick. Timing and money are all that is left to be settled.

--Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Jan , 29 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Charles Barkley: the Knicks can’t win playing D’Antoni’s system

"I do not think (the Knicks) can win with that system. I saw it in Phoenix. And let me tell you something, they had a lot more talent in Phoenix. A lot more. Let me just tell you this -- the three most critical areas of the game are defense, rebounding and turnovers. That's one of the fundamental flaws of that system."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The NBA won’t like it. New York won’t like it. And the legions of Charles Barkley haters certainly won’t like it.

But ‘The Round Mound of Rebound’ is absolutely right: the Knicks can’t possibly win the NBA Title playing Mike D’Antoni’s ‘Seven Seconds Or Less’ system.

After all, defence wins championships. Shot-happy, entertaining basketball does not.

Consider that the Los Angeles Lakers have won consecutive championships playing air-tight defence. Same with the Boston Celtics, last year’s Eastern Conference champion.

Getting stops has been the key to the start-studded Miami Heat turning around their season. While the league-leading San Antonio Spurs are playing a more up-tempo brand of basketball, they still hold their own defensively.

How can the Knicks buck the trend? Especially since the Phoenix Suns, D’Antoni’s previous team, were never able to break through and win a championship with this brand of fire-wagon basketball.

Simply put, they can’t. Sure, the Knicks can win 50 games. Sure, the Knicks can win the Atlantic Division Title. And sure, they can make some noise in the playoffs.

However, they can’t win it with a run-and-gun style. Eventually, New York will realize this. When they do, D’Antoni -turnaround or not- will be expendable.

--Oly Sandor.
 
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Sunday , Jan , 23 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Durant owns New York with fade-away three-pointer

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The legend of Kevin Durant continues to grow. 

Last night, the lanky scorer won the game for his upstart Oklahoma City Thunder with a fade-away three pointer against the New York Knicks. Watch the clip and get at us with thoughts on Durant’s heroics in the comment box. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jan , 23 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Deron Williams on free agency: ‘I won’t be doing The Decision’

"What I've learned is, you don't go on TV and do The Decision." Williams said the other night in Newark, after the Jazz lost to the Nets. "So I won't be doing 'The Decision."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Add Deron Williams to the list of NBA superstars who have learned from LeBron James’ free agent follies.

There will be no soap opera, world tour, or sequel to The Decision. Williams is a top table-setter, and where he decides to spend the next portion of his career will be dramatic enough. ( For the record: Williams can become a free agent in July of 2012.)

Just a hunch: he won't stay with the Utah Jazz.

Williams is as competitive as Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant. He hates losing and the Jazz, while usually competitive, never have the pieces to win a championship.

Unfortunately, the small market Jazz will always the lack the resources to add premier talent, especially when compared to larger markets like the New York Knicks or L.A. Lakers.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement may level the playing field for small market clubs like Utah, but then there’s Salt Lake City. Superstars typically prefer bigger, sexier locations to maximize endorsements.

This will be too much for the Jazz to overcome. So it's how, not if, Williams leaves.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jan , 22 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Nuggets reject Knicks’ offer of Chandler, Fields, Curry, and pick for Melo’?

ESPN Radio reported Friday that the Nuggets rejected an offer for Carmelo Anthony from the Knicks that included Chandler, Fields , Eddy Curry and a first- round pick.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Complicated is the only way to describe the Carmelo Anthony saga.

Two days after the New Jersey Nets announced they were pulling out of the Anthony sweepstakes, the Denver Nuggets reportedly turned down the New York Knicks' offer of Wilson Chandler, Eddy Curry, Landry Fields, and a first round draft pick.

The Knicks’ offer does contain an expiring contract (Curry), two nice young players (Chandler and Fields), and a first-round pick; however, the Nuggets reportedly want multiple first round draft picks and a blue-chip prospect for Anthony.

If true, the Nuggets miscalculated. The Nets easily had the best offer: 'Team Russia' was willing to part with Troy Murphy’s expiring pact, multiple first round draft picks, blue-chip talent Derrick Favors, and combo guard Devin Harris.

Instead of being greedy and holding out for more from the Nets, perhaps the Nuggets should have made a deal. Now the Nets are out. And now the Anthony saga has become, you guessed it, complicated.

--Oly Sandor.


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Wednesday , Jan , 19 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Carmelo on leaving Nuggets: ‘I would never go about it the way LeBron did’

Carmelo Anthony isn't sure how things will end in Denver, but says he learned from LeBron James how not to leave a team. "I would never go about it the way LeBron did it," Anthony told Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Ian Thomsen.

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HoopsVibe’s Vibe’s Very Quick Call: Carmelo Anthony has grasped the obvious. He won’t pull a LeBron James and announce he’s leaving the Denver Nuggets in a faux interview on national television.

Thankfully, there will be no sequel to The Decision. Instead, Anthony seems comfortable dominating the internet rumor mill with daily speculation on his future.

One day, he’s getting traded to the New Jersey Nets; another day, he’s getting traded to the New York Knicks; another day he’s considering staying with the Denver Nuggets.

To be fair, Anthony, a star player who can become a free agent at season’s end, is only trying to leverage his situation into a trade and extension to New York.

Hopefully, something happens and soon. The longer this Melo-drama is allowed to linger, the worse it is for Anthony.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jan , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Carmelo Anthony calls playing for New York ‘the ultimate dream’

Without specifying either the Knicks or Nets, Carmelo Anthony said on Friday that his "ultimate" dream would be to play in New York. "That's like the ultimate dream at the end of the day," Anthony said. "Who wouldn't want to go back home to play?"

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: New York, New York.

After months of keeping quiet and letting the internet news-cycle run wild, Carmelo Anthony finally stated his dream was to return home to New York and play for the Knicks.

Fair enough. New York is familiar. The Knicks are pretty good. Madison Square Gardens is legendary. And the city also happens to be the media capital of the world.

Now the parties involved –the Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Anthony, and possibly a third team like the Memphis Grizzlies- need to make this happen.

No more talking. No more hints. No more anonymous sources. Lock yourselves in a room and agree on a deal.

Of course, the New Jersey Nets and all other suitors must back off. After all, Anthony is a free agent, meaning he can pick where he wants to play at season’s end.

So the Nets could trade for him and have him walk at season’s end to sign with the cross-town Knicks.

Hopefully, this scenario scares off the Nets. And hopefully, a resolution to this Melo’ drama is coming.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jan , 14 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: OJ Mayo the key to New York getting Carmelo Anthony?

The Knicks have reportedly reached out to the Grizzlies to see if they would be willing to include O.J. Mayo in a three-team deal for Carmelo Anthony.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Carmelo Anthony saga has again changed.

Just when you thought the small forward was finally on his way to the New Jersey Nets with the help of the Detroit Pistons, the New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies weighed in.

Apparently, the Knicks and Grizzlies are hatching out a separate trade for OJ Mayo, who the Knicks would then include in a package to the Denver Nuggets for Anthony.

The Knicks and Grizzlies have entered, or re-entered, the Anthony saga for separate reasons.

The Knicks are back. After years of being the league laughingstock, Madison Square Garden is enjoying a renaissance, and eagerly waiting to return to the playoffs.

However, to challenge the big boys in the Eastern Conference – like the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, and Orlando Magic – the Knicks will need to add another piece.

Enter Anthony. There’s a belief he’ll team with Amar’e Stoudemire and Ray Felton to take the Knicks to another level.

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are looking to ditch ties with Mayo. The controversial forward has had a poor season and recently scrapped with teammate Tony Allen over an unpaid gambling debt.

Of course, Mayo’s due for a contract extension, so the thrifty Grizzlies are exploring ways to cut ties with him.

Bottom line: the Nets have significant competition for Anthony.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Jan , 09 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor Amarè wants Knicks to pass on Carmelo?

"Right now, in New York we have a solid team," Stoudemire said. "We don't really need much. We're playing well. We feel like the team we have can be very successful if we keep improving individually and as a team on the defensive end."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Suddenly, Amar’e Stoudemire is singing a different tune.

When the Standing Tall and Talented Post signed with the New York Knicks, he promised he’d recruit two or three of his superstar buddies –like Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and possibly Tony Parker.

Well, Paul isn’t leaving New Orleans in the near term, unless the Hornets franchise leaves New Orleans. Parker has re-signed with the rejuvenated San Antonio Spurs.

Knick-nation can probably cross Anthony off the list, too, which doesn’t bother Stoudemire. Not one bit. 

Winning has changed things. After years of dysfunction, disgust, and dreadful basketball, New York is relevant. There’s chemistry. And Stoudemire doesn’t want to blow things up for Anthony.

Anthony, as a volume shooter, has to get his. His demand for touches and shots would surely impact Stoudemire and his supporting cast of Wilson Chandler, Ray Felton, Danillo Gallineri, and the promising Landry Fields.

And that impact could be good or bad. So Stoudemire seems comfortable with the status-quo. Hopefully, that appeases New York and Knick-nation.

--Oly Sandor.


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Friday , Dec , 31 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Nuggets demanding five first-round picks from Nets for Anthony?

The Denver Nuggets believe the New Jersey Nets are so desperate to make a deal for Carmelo Anthony that they're holding firm on a trade demand of five future first-round draft picks as part of a package to land the All-Star forward, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: That's ‘insane in the membrane, insane in the brain’.

Forgive my Cypress Hill reference, but this was my initial reaction to the Denver Nuggets' demand of five first round draft picks from the New Jersey Nets for Carmelo Anthony. 

Anthony can play. He's one of the NBA’s best scorers, capable of dropping 30 points without breaking a sweat.

On second thought, perhaps this isn’t so ‘loco’ (another Cypress Hill reference for those counting at home).

This isn’t about basketball. This is about business and branding.

The Nets will soon move from New Jersey to New York. They’ll be going head-to-head against the Knicks, who are enjoying a renaissance behind Amar’e Stoudemire and Ray Felton.

The Nets will need a marketable star –like ‘Melo. His play and panache would give them a presence in the media capital of the world.

And let’s face it: the Nets can’t have Anthony sign with the Knicks as a free agent this summer. This is a possibility and, in the short-term, would turn Mikhail Prokhorov’s squad into the Clippers of New York.

The Nuggets have learned from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors, who lost franchise superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh for trade exemptions. And they ‘ain’t going out like that’.

--Oly Sandor.
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Friday , Dec , 31 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Camby and Knicks thinking reunion?

Marcus Camby wants to remain in Portland, but if the team does trade him he would prefer to be dealt to a contending team. A source says that the veteran will contemplate retirement if moved to a rebuilding club. The Knicks, however, are one team that Camby would approve.

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Hoops Vibe’s Very Quick Call: Marcus Camby may be willing to leave his current home of Portland, but only if he gets to go to a former home.

Camby, a veteran five-man, is always in demand because of his rebounding and defense; however, the Blazers’ recent stumbles have changed his circumstances.

Brandon Roy is having serious knee troubles; Greg Oden is out indefinitely; and the Blazers, a team that was supposed to contend, are struggling mightily in the Western Conference.

So Camby, who was heralded as a mentor for these young Blazers, may approve a trade to the right contender –like the New York Knicks.

Sure, the Knicks are competitive. And sure, playing meaningful basketball in a world class city is always preferable to battling for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

For Camby, the real appeal of New York may be that it’s familiar. Camby spent four years with the Knicks and is comfortable with both the city and organization.

Since he’s nearing the end of his career, Camby is leery of getting traded. The right trade would be fine; the wrong trade would result in early retirement.

--Oly Sandor.

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