Mar 07, 2014 2:00 PM EST
Carmelo Anthony may benefit from delaying his free agency until 2015, both in terms of choosing his destination and financially.
The New York Knicks are scheduled to have cap space in 2015 to sign another max contract player, but re-signing this offseason would leave Anthony unsure of who may ultimately join him.
Anthony would earn an additional $4.27 million through 17-18 and be able to lock in an additional season if he were to opt-in for 14-15 and sign a new max deal in 2015.
"It really comes down to what the player truly wants because that is what matters, you will execute his decision," said one of the NBA's top agents, who does not represent Anthony. "But I would advise my star clients that 2015 is a better year to be a free agent if getting on to a championship contender is the top priority."
A source close to Anthony said that opting in with the Knicks for the 14-15 season is not an option he is considering now.
In delaying free agency, Anthony could join a free agency class that includes Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Love.
Mar 07, 2014 12:35 PM EST
Ty Corbin said Friday that he has not discussed a new contract with the Utah Jazz.
Corbin is in the final season of his contract.
"I'll put it off until the end (of season)," Corbin said. ""I’ve been doing this for so long. ... It is what it is. It will be what it will be when it gets there. I’m fine."
The Jazz have the second-worst record in the Western Conference at 21-40.
Mar 07, 2014 11:34 AM EST
The New York Knicks met with Phil Jackson two weeks ago about the possibility of him becoming the next head coach.
Jackson met with Steve Mills and said he was not interested in the position at this time.
Jackson is 68 years old and his physical ailments would make the rigors of an 82-game schedule difficult.
Jackson has expressed interest in the media in running a front office.
Mar 07, 2014 11:26 AM EST
The Philadelphia 76ers have lost 15 straight games by an average of 19.8 points and 25 of their past 28 games.
Some of that frustration recently boiled over in a highly animated conversation on the sideline between Michael Carter-Williams and Brett Brown.
"Nobody should be naïve enough to think that the benefits of this year won't be carried forward, despite the record, despite some of our pound-downs," Brown said. "We have done a lot to bring forward. We talk about the culture, and what does that mean? It's such an open-ended word and it means different things to different people. To me it means, what's the routine? From prepractice workouts to stuff we do in videotape to trying to be professional in the way we handle a shootaround, and on and on and on. So all these lessons, although the public might not see it because they pay attention to winning and losing, which is fair enough, I know what's going on behind the scenes, and we're ticking a lot of boxes. That is going to enable this program to move forward along with Michael Carter-Williams."
Carter-Williams was asked about the confrontation.
"Of course, losing is frustrating and it can be frustrating at times, but I don't think I was flustered out there. I was just trying to keep my composure and trying hard and keep my focus on the next play."
"I'm proud of them for understanding that there's more than on the floor," Brown said. "You want to have somebody not feel entitled, like they have to be on the floor and they limp over and can't believe they've just been subbed. Like there's a level of entitlement. You want somebody on the bench to say, 'That's a hell of a pass' or 'That's a great assist' or they run and help people up or they huddle on free throws. That part of the game is so undervalued in the NBA. What's interesting to me is that it's valued at every other level. It's hard to pull off because of people's paychecks and their age and their egos. It's not kumbaya college, but it means something. And when you really look at the good teams and you watch teams that play in June and May [playoffs], they all got that."
Mar 07, 2014 11:18 AM EST
The Phoenix Suns were widely expected to have one of the worst records in the NBA, but Jeff Hornacek has managed to get his roster to overachieve.
“They’ve all done something more than they’ve done last year,” Hornacek said.
Seven veterans on the Suns are averaging career highs.
“They felt like this year they’re going to get a real opportunity,” Channing Frye said of his teammates. “We all do something different and so they’re flourishing in that role. When you have a coach like Jeff, even though you make mistakes, you’re still going to get opportunities if you put in work outside the court. With some teams, they go in as the one piece and that piece is interchangeable and they don’t feel like they’re important. But everybody on this team is important. Everybody is doing the best they can and staying ready every night.” The reason we’ve been successful is, at any moment, somebody could get their chance so they’re staying ready. That is really the pressure for everyone to constantly get better and be ready and to really embrace what we’re trying to do.”
“The coaches have really done a great job of putting us in places to be successful,” Gerald Green said. “Everybody gets an opportunity to go out there and play. Jeff has confidence in everybody. A lot of coaches don’t do that. He’s just so positive and has so much energy and faith in us.
“I still feel like I’ve got a lot to learn and a lot to prove. I still have so much that could get better.” I could get better at my ball-handling. I could get better at my defense. I could get stronger. I feel like my decision-making could get better. My pick-and-roll could be better. I’m blessed to have the season we’re having but to me, if we don’t make the playoffs, this season means nothing to me.”
Mar 07, 2014 11:04 AM EST
The Orlando Magic have signed center Dewayne Dedmon and guard-forward Adonis Thomas each to a second 10-day contract.
Dedmon and Thomas both originally signed 10-day contracts on Feb. 25.
Dedmon has appeared in two games with Orlando, averaging 2.5 ppg. and 1.5 rpg. in 2.2 minpg. He has played in 17 combined games this season with Golden State, Philadelphia and Orlando, averaging 2.5 ppg. and 3.1 rpg. in 9.4 minpg. He also appeared in 15 games with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, averaging 15.2 ppg., 13.1 rpg., 1.3 apg., 2.33 blkpg. and 1.53 stlpg. in 33.7 minpg.
Thomas has appeared in three games with Orlando, averaging 2.3 ppg. and 1.0 rpg. in 7.6 minpg. He played in 26 games (21 starts) with the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League, averaging 16.2 ppg., 4.2 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in 35.1 minpg., while shooting .469 (38-81) from three-point range.
Mar 07, 2014 11:01 AM EST
The Chicago Bulls' offense has seemingly found it easier to score in the fourth quarter of games with the ball running through Joakim Noah at the top of the key instead of Derrick Rose in isolations.
Noah has become one of the NBA's best passing big men and he's also improved his play in the pick-and-roll.
“The thing about Jo is he can beat you a lot of different ways," said Tom Thibodeau. "Sometimes it’s the defense and rebounding. Sometimes it’s the passing. Sometimes it’s his scoring. His screening has gotten significantly better. His rolling has gotten significantly better. He’s significantly better at making quicker decisions. And that’s how we want him to play."
The Bulls still rank 27th in offensive efficiency at 101.7 points per 100 possessions, but they have had 106.0 points or more per 100 possessions in eight of their past 11 games.
Mar 07, 2014 10:30 AM EST
LeBron James has struggled with his shot in the two games since scoring 61 points on Monday.
James is 1-for-19 on his jump shot attempts in Miami Heat losses to the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs.
Mar 07, 2014 10:26 AM EST
Kobe Bryant brought up the name of Pau Gasol during an interview on Thursday with Ric Bucher, indicating he believes he will re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason.
On a scale of one to ten, Bryant puts the probability of Gasol re-signing at eight.
The Lakers attempted to trade the expiring contract of Gasol this season and his tenure with the team has seemed to becoming to an end.
Mar 06, 2014 6:23 PM EST
The NBA could have a work stoppage after the 16-17 season, which could see either the owners or union exercise its opt-out on the current collective bargaining agreement that was agreed upon in 2011.
Several league executives and agents already believe the groundwork is being laid for another prolonged work stoppage.
“Ideally, whether labor or management, you begin work on the next negotiation the day after you sign the last agreement,” said Charles Grantham, who worked for the union from 1978 until 1995. “For the players, they have not been able to do that. They still need to find a director, and once they have one, they need to assemble a team and work on a strategy. They’re way behind.”
The union still does not have an executive director to replace Billy Hunter.
Nate Robinson said he will "for sure" be healthy by training camp.
Drew Gooden's first 10-day contract will expire Friday.
In this episode, host Daniel Leroux discusses the 2014 Sloan Sports Analytics conference with Ian Levy of Hickory-High.com and Hardwood Paroxysm, as well as Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com.
Sources say that it would be difficult for Carmelo Anthony to leave New York while also taking less money.
Reggie Williams is averaging 21.1 points per game for the 66ers this season.
Eric Bledsoe will return to the Suns' lineup in the coming week
With the Lakers likely to sit out 2014 for max contract players, Steve Nash is unlikely to fall victim to the stretch provision.
Mar 05, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Nets plan to sign another player to a 10-day contract soon.
The Kings will sign Royce White to a second 10-day deal for NBA games if the D-League stint goes well.
The Kings' new smartphone app was designed by Tibco, but it is unclear what else was provided by the company.
LeBron James and Blake Griffin have been named the NBA Players of the Month for February.
Victor Oladipo and Nick Calathes have been named NBA Rookies of the Month for February.
Wesley Johnson is averaging 9.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in his first season with the Lakers.
Sergey Karasev has appeared in 12 games for the Canton Charge.
Vince Carter is unsure about playing until he is 40.
Dwight Buycks appeared in five games from January 4-11, averaging 12.4 points, 4.0 assists and 26.4 minutes.
J.J. Redick is out with a bulging disk in his lower back.
Rajon Rondo and Ron Adams also examined every aspect of his shooting motion.
Leandro Barbosa will not require surgery.
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