Even after scoring 43 points against the Chicago Bulls, Nuggets' Coach George Karl has been critical of the way guard J.R. Smith is playing, saying Smith was playing in "fantasyland," the Denver Post is reporting.
"He's just J.R.," Karl said of his shot-happy guard. "He can be good for you, and he can be good for the opponent."
Carmelo Anthony is surprised that the Nuggets failed to make any moves before Thursday's trade deadline but has confidence in his teammates, according to The Rocky Mountain News.
"It's over with now. It is what it is," Anthony told the News. "We had a chance to get a player, but as an organization, we felt like we ain't really need to make no moves. We don't have no choice but to support that decision and make the best out of it."
"Any time you can get better - or you think you can get better - there's going to be disappointment. This is a team right here I'm proud of. I like the team. I like the direction we're going," he added.
Isiah Thomas and the New York Knicks are in serious trade discussions with both Milwaukee and Denver, trying to send Zach Randolph away from the Big Apple, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News writes.
While the Bucks have rejected a package which would have included Randolph, Fred Jones and Jared Jeffries for a package Bobby Simmons, Charlie Bell and Dan Gadzuric, the Knicks are considering a deal with the Nuggets which includes Nene.
The Phoenix Suns are trying to acquire another swing player before Thursday's trade deadline, the Arizona Republic is reporting.
According to the report, Quinton Ross (Clippers), Yakhouba Diawara (Nuggets), or Mickael Gelabale (Sonics) could be targets as well as Mickael Pietrus of the Warriors, although Pietrus comes at a much higher price.