A look at the latest news, views and moves from around the world of pro hoops.
Per the New York Post: “With the Celtics fading in the first round, the chances of Carmelo Anthony wearing green are increasing.”
Per the New York Post: “According to an NBA source, the Celtics coaching staff was in favor of trading for Anthony at the trade deadline, but general manager Danny Ainge had too many reservations.”
Per the New York Post: “The Post has learned that in talks with the Celtics, their defensive small forward Jae Crowder would be a major player of interest for Knicks president Phil Jackson.”
Per the New York Post: “When the Knicks were in Boston in February, Anthony was asked if it would be strange to be a Celtic after growing up in Brooklyn and Baltimore despising them. ‘It may be strange to you,’ he said.”
Per ESPN Stats & Info: “LeBron James scored or assisted on 73 points, his most in a playoff game in his career.”
Per Amico Hoops: “I love Indiana basketball and I’ve always enjoyed the Pacers. They’re a Midwestern team that doesn’t try to drown you with phony buzz. Like the Cavs, they’ve always been about the game. So it pains me to type this, but I have a strong feeling Paul George will be traded this summer — either to the Boston Celtics or Los Angeles Lakers. I just can’t see this relationship continuing.” (Full column.)
The Nets may have an interest in Timberwolves swingman Shabazz Muhammad, according to a podcast from 1050 ESPN Radio in Minneapolis.
Per Hoops Rumors: “Brooklyn has pursued several restricted free agents since Sean Marks took over GM duties, though the organization has been unsuccessful in its attempts. The team went after Donatas Motiejunas, Tyler Johnson, and Allen Crabbe only to see each player’s original team match Brooklyn’s offer sheet.” (Full report.)
Per CSN Bay Area: “Changes are coming to the Sacramento Kings. The team quietly made news on Monday evening when it was reported that Roland Beech, the Kings VP of Basketball Results, will not return after two years on the job.”
Per CSN Bay Area: “But Sacramento hasn’t abandoned the analytics movement. In fact, they are about to invest heavily in a new group, with a new face at the helm — Luke Bornn, who will join the Kings front office as the new VP of Analytics and Strategy, NBC Sports California has learned.” (Full report.)
Per Hoops Rumors: “Danilo Gallinari plans to opt out of his contract, but remaining in Denver is his first choice, he said in an interview with BlitzTV. The interview was conducted in Italian, but a small excerpt was translated by Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.”
— AmicoHoopsNet (@AmicoHoopsNet) April 21, 2017
Per Amico Hoops: “Athleticism, energy and a whole lot of Giannis Antetekounmpo are what the Bucks always offer, and why the likes of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and the rest appear overmatched.” (Full report.)
Per Amico Hoops: “Do they consider breaking it up? Is it time to end the Raptor run of DeRozan or Lowry (or both)? Was the trade for Serge Ibaka a bad idea? And will there be any way to unload any or all of them?” (Full report.)
Per Basketball Insiders: “Zach Collins (Gonzaga) is officially headed to the NBA. He signed with Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports. He’s a projected lottery pick.”
Per David Pick: “Source tells me Panathinaikos star teen Vasilis Charalampopoulos will NOT enter 2017 NBA draft. He wants more Euroleague exposure.”
Per Adam Zagoria: “Villanova says Jalen Brunson will return for junior year.”
2017 G Mark Smith will decide sometime after his Ohio State visit this weekend, his dad tells me. Illinois visit went well.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 21, 2017
Former D-League power forward Shawn Jones has agreed to a contract with Scandone Avellino of Italy, per Amico Hoops.
Former D-League point guard Tyrone Brazelton has agreed to a deal with Guizhou of China, per Amico Hoops.
Per HoopDirt: “Former West Virginia star and James Madison men’s basketball director of operations Rob Summers will rejoin the JMU men’s basketball program as an assistant coach for the 2017-18 season, as announced by Head Coach Louis Rowe on Thursday. Summers returns to the JMU program after serving as the head coach at Division II Urbana (Ohio), where he headed the program for three seasons.” (Full report.)