Nov 20, 2013 11:29 PM EST
Carmelo Anthony was asked Wednesday night whether he believes Iman Shumpert will be part of the New York Knicks' future despite rampant trade speculation.
"I think he is," Anthony said. "We have a lot of expectations for Iman."
The Knicks fell to 3-8 on the season in an overtime loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.
Shumpert committed a foul late in the fourth quarter that allowed Paul George to shoot three free throws to send the game into overtime.
Shumpert has been in various trade rumors this season.
Nov 20, 2013 6:07 PM EST
The Philadelphia 76ers have signed free agent guards Elliot Williams and Lorenzo Brown.
Williams (6-5, 190) was an early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft following his sophomore season at Memphis and was selected with the 22nd overall pick by Portland. He played his freshman season at Duke. Williams appeared in 24 games for the Trail Blazers in 2011-12 and saw action in six games for Cleveland this preseason.
Brown (6-5, 186) was an early entry candidate for the 2013 NBA Draft following his junior season at N.C. State and was selected with the 52nd overall pick by Minnesota. He participated for the Timberwolves in both the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and in the preseason. Brown started 95 of his 101 games played with the Wolfpack and was named Second Team All-ACC as a junior and Third Team as a sophomore.
Nov 20, 2013 5:15 PM EST
The Philadelphia 76ers have waived Kwame Brown and Darius Morris.
Morris appeared in 12 games for the 76ers, averaging 6.9 points and 2.6 assists in 16.1 minutes per game.
Brown hadn't appeared in a game this season with Philadelphia as he battled a strained hamstring.
Nov 20, 2013 2:14 PM EST
Leandro Barbosa will sign with Club Pinheiros in Brazil, according to sources.
The deal has an out that will allow Barbosa to return to the NBA if a deal is reached.
Barbosa tore his ACL last February and playing in Brazil will help the recovery process.
Nov 20, 2013 2:11 PM EST
Iman Shumpert and the New York Knicks both believe that a trade is inevitable at this point, according to sources.
The Knicks believe they have enough other talent at Shumpert's position in J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. to make a trade using one of their most valuable assets to save their season.
Shumpert was the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and is considered one of the best perimeter defenders in the game.
Nov 20, 2013 1:12 PM EST
The Sacramento Kings have a "very high" level of interest in quickly making a trade, according to a source. It is believed that some conversations have advanced beyond the preliminary stage.
The Kings have a 3-7 record and have several veterans that could be attractive to playoff contenders.
John Salmons, Marcus Thornton and Patrick Patterson have all lost their starting jobs.
The Kings are looking for young players or draft picks to build around DeMarcus Cousins, Ben McLemore and their own pick.
Jimmer Fredette is also widely known as an available player via trade.
Nov 20, 2013 11:36 AM EST
Clyde Frazier sees a change in Iman Shumpert amid rumors that the New York Knicks are looking to trade him.
“He’s always been a very confident guy,’’ Frazier said on Tuesday. “I think he just has to find his role. Sometimes he doesn’t look like he’s happy out here. Maybe that’s because he heard the rumors he’s being traded. But he’s very stern in his face. It doesn’t look like he’s having fun.’’
Frazier realizes that Shumpert is one of the Knicks' best potential trade pieces.
“You look at team, he’s a valuable asset,’’ Frazier said. “One of the few guys they can trade. Not surprised by that.’’
“It has to be a breakout year for him. He was there as a rookie. The injury set him back, but he came back strong last year. This has to be the year he shows something.’’
Nov 19, 2013 5:00 PM EST
Kobe Bryant practiced again with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday and said he could envision his return at some point this month.
Bryant said he was "really pushing it" in his first practice on Saturday.
"I could adjust my game and play at a pretty high level right now," Bryant said.
Bryant suffered a torn Achillies tendon in April.
Nov 19, 2013 4:28 PM EST
Omer Asik did not address his trade request or unwillingness to play or practice last week, but he did say that he is ready to help the Houston Rockets again.
“The thing is, I was just frustrated,” Asik said at Tuesday’s shootaround. “It’s behind me now. I’m just looking forward to help my team to win.”
When asked if he still wanted to be traded, Asik declined to comment.
“I do not talk about that,” he said. “I never talk about that. My focus is just winning tonight’s game (against the Celtics) and helping my team as much as I can.”
Nov 19, 2013 1:19 PM EST
Steve Nash is giving serious thought to medical retirement as he continues to battle chronic back issues.
If Nash is given a medical retirement, he would receive the full amount owed to him by the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers, meanwhile, would have Nash's entire $9.701 million contract for next season come off their cap. If Nash isn't traded or becomes a medical retirement, the Lakers could use their stretch provision to waive him and have his cap number be allocated over the following three seasons.
Nov 19, 2013 | Chad Ford/ESPN
Flip Saunders and Rick Adelman are believed to want to trade Derrick Williams for a veteran piece.
Nov 19, 2013 | Chad Ford/ESPN
Julius Randle has the capacity of being a low-post scorer and a stretch 4, which makes him one of the most promising power forward prospects in years.
The Bulls would only offer Ben Gordon a veteran's minimum salary.
The Wizards' owners have made it clear that they expect to make the playoffs.
Josh Smith is top 10 in most of the Hawks’ all-time statistical categories after nine years with the organization.
Nov 18, 2013 | Chad Ford/ESPN
Masai Ujiri has been active working the phones talking to other general managers, but it is unsure if the Raptors are buyers or sellers.
LeBron James is reportedly close to a deal for an ownership stake in David Beckham's MLS franchise in Miami.
Carmelo Anthony was asked what he's thinking in regards to his future with the Knicks amid their frustrating start to the 13-14 season.
The Warriors have signed Dewayne Dedmon from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.
Danny Ainge has received calls in recent days from teams asking if Rajon Rondo trade rumors are true.
Brian Scalabrine is an assistant coach with the Warriors and was considered as an option to help fill in for Jermaine O'Neal.
Teammates believe Kyrie Irving is still learning the boundaries of leadership, including how to be critical of teammates without showing them up.
Iman Shumpert is currently being packaged by the Knicks in proposed trades for Rajon Rondo and Omer Asik.
The Clippers have interest in Lamar Odom but a deal is not imminent.
The Cavaliers held a players-only meeting after a 29-point loss to the Timberwolves on Wednesday.
Chandler Parsons said Omer Asik has been fine to all his teammates in the locker room.
Lamar Odom appeared to be in good shape and gave Clippers players the impression that he could sign with the team soon.
Nov 15, 2013 | Marc Stein/ESPN
With J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. at shooting guard, the Knicks believe that they can withstand Iman Shumpert's exit.
The Rockets are engaged in trade talks with multiple teams on Omer Asik, but the asking price of Daryl Morey has been far too high for a deal to get completed.
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