Rumor: Carmelo wants to play with Pau Gasol … in New York

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/AP One person keeping a close eye on the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes is free agent power forward Pau Gasol. It has been reported that Gasol would re-sign with the Lakers if they were able to secure Anthony in free agency. Anthony seems to have an interest in playing with Gasol as well, only not in Los Angeles. Instead, Anthony is trying to reach out to Gasol so he can convince the Lakers big man to play with him in New York: A conversation that Carmelo Anthony had been pursuing in recent days, sources tell Yahoo: With Pau Gasol, about playing together w/ Knicks. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2014 In assessing potential targets for the Knicks, Pau Gasol topped my list, so needless to say, I am a fan of the move. If anyone is going to motivate Gasol to play to the best of his abilities, it would be Phil Jackson and Gasol’s former teammate Derek Fisher. The money situation would be the toughest sell, as the Knicks only have the mini mid-level exception to offer Gasol, w

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Wild rumor: Celtics and Lakers discussing trade that would send Rajon Rondo to LA, 7th pick to Boston

Rumors are spreading like wildfire leading up to tonight’s NBA draft, and one of them involves Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. According to @TheNBACentral on Twitter, the Celtics and the Lakers are discussing a trade that would send Rondo to the Lakers in exchange for the #7 draft pick.The Lakers and Celtics are discussing a trade that would send the 7th pick to Boston in exchange for Rajon Rondo.— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) June 26, 2014 I am taking this rumor with a grain of salt, and hope other Celtics fans do too. The thought of Rondo donning Lakers purple and gold makes me nauseous. One member of the Boston media who actually approves of this rumor is CSNNE’s Gary Tanguay. Yet another reason to dislike Tanguay, especially if you are a Rondo fan.From Tanguay’s post, titled “I approve the Rondo-to-Lakers rumor”:The first hot Celtic rumor today was Rajon Rondo to Sacramento for the No. 8 pick . . . and that was shot down when Marc Spears of Yahoo! …

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Rumor: Knicks Already Looking to Trade Samuel Dalembert and Shane Larkin

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The New York Knicks just acquired Shane Larkin and Samuel Dalembert in a deal that also included Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler heading to the Mavericks.  Shane Larkin was easily the most valuable piece in this deal.
Dalembert also could draw interest from some teams as a rim protector, and while he’s not a veteran minimum guy, he also isn’t making a ton of money, currently making only 3,877,282 dollars.
@SportsSpotNet, formerly @NYSportsSpot, and insider for New York sports was one who reported this rumor via Twitter:
Report: Knicks are attempting to trade Samuel Dalembert and Shane Larkin. Already.
— Sports Spot (@SportsSpotNet) June 25, 2014

Their are some rumors that Phil is already looking to deal them elsewhere.   What the Knicks would get in return is entirely unknown, but with a team who’s best player is Amare Stoudemire or J.R. Smith, pretty much any talent or value in a pick would make sense in a deal.
This team looks like they’re ready for an overhaul,

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Rumor: Phil Jackson Could Hire Steve Kerr to Coach New York Knicks

Something tells me Mike Woodson is no longer thrilled about the Phil Jackson rumors.

While the head coach has reason to feel worried about his job already, thanks to the utter futility the New York Knicks have endured throughout the season, it seems highly unlikely that he’d be sticking around should Jackson end up in the front office.

After all, new management usually likes to start things fresh and the legendary coach might already have someone picked out as Woodson’s replacement. Or so the New York Daily News‘ Frank Isola reports:

Steve Kerr is certainly an interesting choice.

The obvious connection here is that he played for Jackson during the Chicago Bulls‘ second three-peat, so the front-office candidate is well aware of the former sharpshooter’s work ethic and dedication to the sport.

More interesting, though, is Kerr’s record after his playing days.

His days as the Phoenix Suns‘ general manager were interesting, though they were also unsuccessful. He made a number of questionable trades, and while they weren’t enough to push the Suns into the promised land, you can’t fault him for a lack of creativity and effort.

Also coming into play is Kerr’s time as an announcer.

He’s one of the best in the business, providing great insight throughout the broadcast and demonstrating a spectacular knowledge of the league. We’ve seen plenty of former players go from the booth to the head coaching ranks, with Doc Rivers serving as a notable recent example.

With that said, Rivers had experience on the sidelines before he worked with ESPN.

However, Rivers didn’t have experience running the triangle, which Jackson is sure to bring with him to New York should he end up working for the franchise. It was his trademark offensive scheme and Kerr is quite familiar with it, having run the offense alongside Michael Jordan for years.

That works in his favor, but Kerr isn’t the only candidate.

The next Knicks head coach could be Byron Scott or maybe Kurt Rambis,” reported Isola. ”A person close to Jackson raised an interesting candidate: Steve Kerr, the former Suns GM turned TNT broadcaster. Kerr played for Jackson but has no head coaching experience.”

Let’s say the team sticks with what has emerged as the leading rumor. Wouldn’t this just be the perfect Knicks move?

Not only would they be hiring a front-office man with no experience in that role, but they’d also be throwing a rookie coach out onto the sidelines.

Is it the type of plan that would fly with Carmelo Anthony, seeing as all decisions for next year and the future basically need to be run by the high-scoring superstar?

We may be about to find out. With nothing else working, however, this might just be interesting enough to pan out rather well for the beleaguered franchise.

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Rumor: Knicks to make a run at bringing back Jeff Van Gundy

If you can’t find anything better, it’s best to just go back to what you had when you had it good. After Jeff Van Gundy led the New York Knicks to the NBA Finals over a decade ago, the team has struggled to be any good since. Even with superstar talent, it was a big deal that the Knicks made it out of the first-round of the postseason in 2013 and that says all you need to know about their choice in personnel since losing Van Gundy. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks may look Van Gundy’s way again and try to hire him away from ESPN and get him back on their bench. If the Knicks can’t get Van Gundy out of coaching retirement — and they may try — Thibodeau’s name likely would top the Knicks’ list.

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This Kevin Love Trade Rumor Spat Is Getting Weird

The Minnesota Timberwolves have struggled to win games this season, posting a subpar 26-28 record despite being one of the few NBA teams to rank in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency, per Basketball-Reference

Before you go questioning the Wolves’ fighting spirit, however, it should be said that this crew is never one to back down from a test of wills, either on or off the court.

Case in point: the ongoing battle between the organization and NBA columnist Peter Vecsey over the future of superstar forward Kevin Love. Not only has this fracas continued past the trade deadline, but it has degenerated into a truly absurd spectacle.

Vecsey kicked off this writer-franchise donnybrook on Wednesday—one day before the trade deadlinewhen he reported that Love had already told Wolves general manager Flip Saunders that he was planning to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract and sign with a different club in 2015:

Now, Vecsey didn’t mention the Los Angeles Lakers by name, but Love has been repeatedly linked to that club in recent months. ESPN’s Chris Broussard (subscription required) said in January that it is “a 100 percent certainty” that Love will end up in L.A. in 2015.

But Love specifically refuted any idea that he is interesting in moving on to that franchise in an interview with GQ‘s Steve March: ”People think it’s so far-fetched that I would stay in Minnesota. And I’m not s——g on the Lakers, but we have the better team, the better foundation. I’m having fun.”

And if Love’s denial wasn’t enough, Saunders took to Twitter to personally refute any notion that his player had asked out of Minnesota:

Even owner Glen Taylor got in on the action, refuting the very idea that his Wolves would even consider trading their best player to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis:

Vecsey wasn’t done, however. He returned to Twitter to this bizarre take-down of Love:

“He must think I’m Jesus Christ?” What exactly does that have to do with the Minnesota Timberwolves? There is a story in the Bible about the apostle Peter denying he knew Jesus three times before the rooster crowed. Is that what Vecsey is referencing? Does that make Kevin Love Peter, the first Pope? And who is Flip Saunders in this analogy, the rooster?

As strange as Vecsey is acting at the moment, he could still be proven right if Love does indeed force a trade in the 2014 offseason.

Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding certainly thinks a draft-day trade between Minnesota and Los Angeles is possible, as he laid out in this video:

If Love is really interested in leaving Minnesota, here’s hoping he is more honest with the Timberwolves organization than he is with the media. He is under no obligation to divulge his intentions to leave, mind you, but it would be nice for both parties if the Timberwolves can salvage something from this partnership, even in parting.

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NBA Rumor: Raptors eyeing Rajon Rondo

The Toronto Raptors are interested in Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, reports the Toronto Sun. It’s no secret Boston has dangled four-time all-star Rajon Rondo league-wide and while the asking price is steep, he has piqued the interest of Toronto’s front office, according to multiple sources. Toronto is eager to up its “star” quotient and is also enamoured with Rondo’s resume, particularly his four all-defensive team selections (two all-NBA first team). He has many backers in the organization. However, Rondo tore his ACL just over a year ago, has only played in 10 contests this season and will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2015 after earning $12.9 million next year. Despite all that, Rondo would not come cheaply. Bull.com’s Sam Smith said the price is believed to be “two unprotected first rounders” while one 

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Rajon Rondo trade rumor does not sound like Celtics are looking to deal

Waves were made on Monday during the work-day when both Sam Smith of NBA.com and Zach Lowe of Grantland reported or tweeted on a story about swirling trade-rumors around Boston Celtics point-guard Rajon Rondo. It is not the first time during the career of Rajon Rondo that he has been the subject of trade rumors, but these more recent ones hit home for two main reasons. The first reason being that this is only the second time in his trade-rumors that actual value has been associated to Rondo. In this case, two unprotected first-round picks is the asking price for the services of Rajon Rondo.
Secondly, this volatile period in the history of the Boston Celtics means that these rumors seem to carry a little more weight. Despite naming Rondo the captain of the team and plenty of statements by President of basketball operations Danny Ainge that seemed to indicate that Rondo was the only untouchable player currently on the roster, it certainly is not out of the question for the Celtics to trade their star player and

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What are Celtic fans thinking: About the Jeff Green trade rumor

When I scanned the other Celtics blogs, I really didn’t see anyone saying anything about Paul Milsap. If your trading Jeff Green, wouldn’t you want more back then a couple of young prospects, or just cap relief? When it comes to trades, or free agents, fans always have a disagreement. I suppose the reason the Hawks wouldn’t trade Milsap, is for the simple fact that they plan on winning this year in a very weak East, or this is a move for next year when Horford returns. Some reports came out earlier in the season that the Hawks were already looking into trading Milsap, after they just brought him in over the summer. Green, and Milsap could be a straight up trade, but I get the feeling that Atlanta doesn’t want to part with Paul Milsap. So here’s a rundown of what others said about the trade. Celtics Blog from SB NationFrom BHCELTICS:I’d keep Green no matter what.Unlike 99% of people here, I still like him a lot and actually think he’s worth his money. He’s not…

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NBA Rumor: Phoenix Suns looking to acquire Zach Randolph

According to multiple media outlets, the Phoenix Suns have contacted the Memphis Grizzlies and are trying to make a deal to acquire power forward Zach Randolph. The Grizzlies have reportedly been entertaining offers for Randolph, but at this time do not appear motivated to trade him. Phoenix has made it well known around the league that they want to add a veteran power forward who can score and rebound at a high level. The Suns have previously had trade talks with the Lakers regarding Pau Gasol. Randolph has played in and started 46 games this season with the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 17.5 points and 10.6 rebounds. He is not a great defender, but he does offer excellent defensive rebounding skills. The Suns have a very talented, young roster that has the ability to contend in the Western Conference, and adding a player like Randolph could be what they need to seriously compete in the playoffs. The Grizzlies are very comfortable with keeping Randolph, and they believe that they have a chance to compete as w

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