Lots of buzz around the NBA as we head into trading deadline month. Let’s take a look:
ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith said the Cavs made a mistake not trading Love for Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. “Melo is better than Kevin Love with LeBron James,” Smith said on First Take.
Per ESPN: “Love is enjoying the best of his three seasons in Cleveland after helping the Cavaliers win their first championship. He was an easy choice as an Eastern Conference All-Star reserve, while Anthony didn’t make the All-Star roster for the first time in a decade and wasn’t even one of the top omissions.” (Full report.)
Per ESPN: “Nonetheless, considering how Anthony might be used in Cleveland — particularly in a possible third consecutive meeting with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals — suggests Melo might make sense for the Cavaliers. So should they revisit the Love for Anthony deal?” (Full report.)
Per the New York Post: “Carmelo Anthony isn’t saying one way or another, but the Boston Globe reported the Celtics are under the impression he would waive his no-trade clause to put on the green and white.” (Full report.)
Per the New York Post: “Anthony has always despised the Celtics, starting from his childhood in Brooklyn. There have been conflicting reports on whether Celtics GM Danny Ainge is even interested in Anthony. One Boston report stated he definitely would not give up any of the first-rounders the Celtics control from the Nets.” (Full report.)
Per NBA.com: “Dallas could certainly use someone who can score the way Anthony can, but the Mavericks have made it clear that Wesley Matthews is off-limits, and league sources indicate that Deron Williams is equally unattainable. (Nor is Williams interested in a buyout.)” (Full report.)
Per ESPN: “January marks the first time that LeBron James has a losing record in a calendar month (minimum 10 games) since February 2006.”
Per Cleveland.com: “After losing in the NBA Finals two years ago, general manager David Griffin felt the team peaked too soon. Last year, the Cavs went through similar strife this time of year, leading to a coaching change, with Tyronn Lue replacing David Blatt.” (Full report.)
Per Cleveland.com: “The goal is to be at their best in April, to find a way to continue that steady climb all the way to the Finals. And nothing that’s happened this month impacts that.” (Full report.)
Per ESPN: “After years of being fodder for Charles Barkley to comment on in his role as an analyst on TNT’s ‘Inside the NBA’ program, LeBron James has heard enough. ‘He’s a hater,’ James told ESPN of Barkley following the Cleveland Cavaliers’104-97 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. ‘What makes what he says credible? Because he’s on TV?'” (Full report.)
Per ESPN: “Mavericks owner Mark Cuban as he walks off the floor after Dallas goes 2-0 in a back-to-back with San Antonio and Cleveland: ‘Break up the Mavs!'”
Per ESPN: “Following the Cavs’ 107-91 rout of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, Tristan Thompson — who, like James and Smith, is represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports — had something to say about his role in the controversy.” (Full report.)
Thompson told ESPN of the five-year, $82 million extension he signed in 2015: “I earned my money. LeBron’s not my agent. I earned my money doing what I do; you can ask anyone around the league. I opened doors for other guys. It’s a business, and you get paid what the market value is for you. I got my money and opened up doors for other guys that play hard and do the little things.” (Full report.)
Per Yahoo Sports: “In the next four years, the Cavaliers have only a 2019 second-round pick from either the Lakers or Minnesota because Cleveland’s second-round picks have been traded in past deals.” (Full report.)
Per the Sporting News: “League sources told Sporting News that the Magic have picked up their attempts to move Serge Ibaka ahead of next month’s trade deadline, eager to ensure that they come away with some return for a player who does not figure to be in Orlando long. Ibaka will be a free agent this summer.” (Full report.)
The Timberwolves are on the lookout for another big man during trade season, per 5 Eyewitness News.
Per CSN Mid-Atlantic: “The NBA trade deadline talk will heat up each day between now and the Feb. 23 deadline at 3 p.m. ET, but a two-month hot streak has the Wizards in no hurry to do anything, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com.” (Full report.)
Per Yahoo Sports: “Jimmer Fredette is a sensation again. He hadn’t expected this to happen, certainly not in Shanghai, where he signed to play for one of the Chinese Basketball Association’s worst teams. But then came the 40-point nights, Shanghai’s unexpected rise from the bottom to the top and another group of fans halfway around the world was chanting his name.” (Full report.)
Per Yahoo Sports: “Argentina’s Facu Campazzo, 25, hopes to make leap to NBA, starting with summer league.”
Former NBA guard Gary Neal has been traded from the Texas Legends of the D-League to the Reno Bighorns, per The Step Back. Neal was just released by the Hawks following the expiration of a 10-day contract.
Per ESPN: “All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings will not be arrested or prosecuted in the wake of a December nightclub incident in New York, according to league sources.” (Full report.)
The Grizzlies have officially signed point guard Toney Douglas to a 10-day contract and waived rookie forward Troy Williams, per the team. Williams is drawing lots of interest around the league.
Six NBA teams are below the salary floor. Hoops Rumors examines.
Former Cavaliers guard DaJuan Wagner has agreed to a contract with Gaiteros of Venezuela, per Amico Hoops.
Former La Salle forward Jerrell Wright has agreed to a deal with Zalakeramia of Hungary, per Amico Hoops.
Per Amico Hoops: “According to the Inquirer’s sources, the Cavs called the Sixers about T.J. McConnell a few weeks ago, proposing a deal that involved current Cavs shooting guard Jordan McRae.” (Full report.)
Per Amico Hoops: “Along with McConnell, other names linked to the Cavs include Denver’s Jameer Nelson and Utah’s Shelvin Mack, as well as free agents Mario Chalmers, Jarrett Jack and Norris Cole.” (Full report.)
Per NESN: “Cleveland reportedly would like to absorb a smaller contract into its $4.4 million trade exception that it received in the Anderson Varejao trade before the 2016 NBA trade deadline. Mack’s contract would fit perfectly into that exception, as the veteran point guard is owed $2.4 million.” (Full report.)
Per the Orange County Register: “While only one Clipper will play in this year’s All-Star Game, a lineup of Camrelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick would, on paper, come close to matching the Warriors’ talent.” (Full report.)
Per the Orange County Register: “If the Clippers and Knicks strike a deal for Anthony, Austin Rivers’ time in a Clippers uniform will almost certainly come to an end. Still, he’s not sweating it quite yet.” (Full report.)
Per the Boston Globe: “While Celtics management told the Knicks they aren’t interested in the nine-time All-Star, the Knicks are pushing to move Anthony, according to an NBA source, and they’re intrigued by some of the Celtics’ players.” (Full report.)
Would Carmelo Anthony accept trade to play next to Westbrook? #Thunder know possible pairing a long shot, but idea intrigues them, I’m told.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) January 27, 2017
Per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: “This can’t be the way Dwyane Wade goes out, in a battle of wills with Rajon Rondo, on a team where he has been unable to stake a definitive claim as a leader, on a roster whose upside is a first-round sweep at the hands of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.” (Full report.)
Per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: “For Wade to work his way back to South Florida, it would require walking back that pledge of returning to his hometown of Chicago as an act of civic renewal. And for Pat Riley to make it work once and again, it would mean having to conjure a contract at an even more tenuous salary-cap juncture for the Heat.” (Full report.)
Per the Boston Globe: “James Harden is now the leading candidate for league MVP. His image as a player has been transformed in half a season. Houston was considered a place where players couldn’t win, mainly because of Harden’s me-first style. That is no longer the case.” (Full report.)
The Hawks have signed forward Lamar Patterson to a 10-day contract, per the team.
Per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: “As the business of the NBA sometimes go, the Dallas Mavericks were almost apologetic Saturday after they reluctantly waived point guard Pierre Jackson.” (Full report.)
Per the Boston Globe: “The BIG3, the three-on-three, halfcourt league funded by Ice Cube, added former NBA players Clyde Drexler, Rick Barry, and Rick Mahorn as coaches. The league is scheduled to begin play this summer, with the marquee player being Hall of Famer Allen Iverson. Former Celtic Ricky Davis also has committed to play.” (Full report.)
Free agent NBA forward Hollis Thompson has landed with the Austin Spurs of the D-League, per D-League Digest.
Former Stanford guard Anthony Goods has agreed to a contract with Energa Czarni of Poland, perAmico Hoops.
Former Oregon forward Dwayne Benjamin has agreed to a deal with the Geraldton Buccaneers of Australia, per Amico Hoops.