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Carmelo Wants Knicks To Keep Lottery Pick

Apr 16, 2015 11:57 AM

Carmelo Anthony believes the New York Knicks should keep their high lottery pick.

The Knicks finished with the second worst record in the NBA.

Anthony explained that the Knicks have enough cap space to sign veterans in free agency.

Anthony also said he hasn't lost any faith in Phil Jackson.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Thaddeus Young Trade Praised For Surge Of Nets, Brook Lopez

Apr 7, 2015 1:19 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have played much better basketball since acquiring Thaddeus Young from the Minnesota Timberwolves at the deadline for Kevin Garnett.

Brook Lopez has particularly benefited from the addition of Young. The presence of Young has allowed Lopez to move around the paint and score on a combination of jumpers and floaters.

“Yeah, he has picked things up pretty easily,” Deron Williams said. “We’re still getting better, but he’s been a great addition to this team. There’s no doubt about that. He’s giving us a different dimension scoring the basketball and just energy-wise. He’s been great for us.”

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports that Billy King had been working on the Garnett for Young trade all season.

Tim Bontemps/New York Post

Tags: Kevin Garnett, Thaddeus Young, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Nuggets Sought Two First Rounders For Ty Lawson At Deadline

Apr 3, 2015 12:42 PM

The Denver Nuggets discussed trades involving Ty Lawson at the deadline and sources said they sought multiple first round picks.

The Utah Jazz will own a lottery pick and could include another asset to move the needle for the Nuggets to trade Lawson.

Lawson is just 27 and has experience playing at high altitude.

The Sacramento Kings and Boston Celtics could also make a play for Lawson.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: Ty Lawson, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Won't Solicit Offers For First Round Pick

Apr 2, 2015 8:16 PM

The New York Knicks will have one of the top first picks in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Phil Jackson said the Knicks will not solicit offers for the picks, but that they will "sit back and see what comes towards you."

Steve Mills said the Knicks have already received two calls from teams interested in their first round pick.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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LeBron Prioritized Acquiring J.R. Smith Over Shumpert In Knicks' Trade

Mar 31, 2015 6:29 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers turned around their season with two trades that brought Timofey Mozgov, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to their team.

"He is so excited about the talent on this team," said Brian Windhorst. "He loves playing with Mozgov. He loves J.R. Smith. He was the guy who pushed for that trade. The Cavs were trying to get Shumpert; that's what the conversations were and of course the Knicks were saying 'we'll give you Shumpert, but you have to take J.R.' They went to LeBron and he said 'No, you get J.R. and if you get Shumpert with him that's great.' He, I think, really loves their top-7."

Smith has a .563 True Shooting Percentage since coming to the Cavaliers after posting a .487 mark with the New York Knicks.

Bill Simmons/Grantland

Tags: LeBron James, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Celtics Received 1st Round Pick Trade Offers At Deadline For Avery Bradley

Mar 31, 2015 11:55 AM

The Boston Celtics received offers from multiple teams at the trade deadline of low first round picks and expiring contracts for Avery Bradley.

Bradley is on the first year of a new contract signed last offseason.

Avery is one of the NBA's best perimeter defenders and is a competent three-point shooter.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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