In the midst of this offseason, the New York Knicks are looking to go into rebuild mode. They finally parted ways with wholesale nba jerseys Phil Jackson, drafted a young point guard in Frank Ntilikina. Now, they are looking to trade Carmelo Anthony. So the time has come to finally build the team around the new face of the Knicks, the 21-year-old Kristaps Porzingis.Porzingis is coming off a year where he averaged 18.1 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game. He has shown constant improvement during his first two years and is growing more comfortable with being the go to guy. He does need to improve his rebounding; hopefully, Kristaps can get his average to at least nine per game. Kristaps has also increased his shots per game from 12.3 to 14.9 per game, which shows that he wants to take over more of the offense (all stats provided by basketball-reference.com). Along with his scoring increase, Kristaps also improved his field goal percentage from .421 to .450 and his three point percentage from .333 to .357. As for the defensive end, Porzingis averaged two blocks per game last season, which indicates that he is not afraid to get in the paint and contest shots. We are near the end of the Carmelo Anthony era in New York. Anthony is only getting older and does not appear to want to stay in New York for the upcoming season. So it’s time to make our young star the face of the Knicks. Porzingis seems comfortable with the New York media and the expectations of what being a Knick brings. He was booed on his draft night, but so far has overcome all his doubters and has shown that he is the next best big in New York since Patrick Ewing. He also seems like he is adapting to the American lifestyle which can be hard for a young man coming from a different country. So this is the blue print for the Knicks the next few seasons: keep Porzingis happy and bring some help for him. Trade Carmelo for maybe a very good young player to pair with Porzingis as well as some draft picks. Keep developing Kristaps to become a more potent scorer so that we can be looking a superstar in the next year or two. Then maybe the Knicks can finally break the Ewing Curse.
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The moment of truth has arrived for Carmelo Anthony.Tuesday night, Anthony will be in a place he cherishes. Not Houston, but Baltimore, where he will host The Basketball Tournament — a month-long event that is down to its final four. Keeping a low profile lately, Anthony will be front and center Tuesday at Coppin State, watching a Syracuse alumni team face Overseas Elite in one semifinal. In the other, Ohio State alumni, which features Nets target Jared Sullinger, play Team Challenge ALS, a Boston College squad fighting to raise money to support alumnus Pete Frates who is suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease. The Knicks’ 33-year-old recent recluse has yet to give an interview since the regular-season finale April 12, when he saw “the writing on the wall.’’ The indication was he knew the club wanted to rebuild without him. In the next few days, Anthony will have a chance to speak his piece. Phil Jackson is out as president, but the franchise’s strategy hasn’t changed much. A stalemate has ensued as sources indicate Anthony only wishes to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Rockets. Not even Cleveland, which is in turmoil, is good enough for Anthony as the Cavaliers are dealing with Kyrie Irving’s trade demand. The Knicks’ management tandem of Steve Mills-Scott Perry claim it won’t trade Anthony to Houston unless it cobbles together a solid deal that makes sense for the Knicks’ future. Nothing has materialized. In fact, a source told cheap nba jerseys authentic The Post the signing of veteran point guard Ramon Sessions partly was due to him connecting better with Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis than did Derrick Rose, who left for Cleveland via free agency. Anthony has also dealt with the very public separation from his wife, La La. All those issues swirl about as Anthony hosts The Basketball Tournament that concludes Thursday. Anthony also will attend a charity event Wednesday with Catherine Pugh, the mayor of Baltimore. The $2 million winner-take-all competition featuring former NBA and Division I players is in its fourth year. Anthony, ironically, engineered its move from New York to Baltimore for the semifinals and finals, which will be televised by ESPN. Anthony lived in Brooklyn until age 10 before moving to Baltimore. “After years of watching TBT, I decided to get involved,’’ Anthony stated in a release. “It’s a tournament for people to live out their basketball dreams and that’s exciting to me. I’m a believer in chasing after your dreams no matter what. And that’s what this tournament symbolizes to me. “Baltimore will always have a special place in my heart, and I’m excited to bring a tournament like this to this city. Basketball and Baltimore go hand in hand. The perfect match. A city that is all about determination. A city that helped build me.” The nearby Wizards would seem an attractive destination for Anthony, but they just matched an offer sheet to small forward Otto Porter Jr. (four years, $106 million). The Post has reported the Knicks want Anthony to expand his wish list and Oklahoma City and Portland reportedly are interested. Hooking up with his buddies Chris Paul and James Harden in Houston has become Anthony’s priority. Even the prospect of playing again for former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni has not deterred Anthony, who rebelled against his speed-ball offense and reliance on Jeremy Lin, leading to the coach’s resignation in 2012. Dan D’Antoni, the former Knicks assistant, told The Post on Monday his brother will be able to move on from the rancor in New York. “There were a lot of things that went wrong, but Carmelo is a heckuva player,’’ Dan D’Antoni said. “All I’m saying is Mike’s a good person. He understands people change, things change. Two things you can’t deny: Mike’s a helluva coach. Carmelo is a very good player. If those two see eye-to-eye, Mike and I are always optimistic things are meant to be. The next day is going to be better than the day before.” The Rockets dangled Ryan Anderson’s contract in multi-team packages but found no takers. General manager Daryl Morey stockpiled a handful of non-guaranteed pacts to apply to an Anthony trade for mathematical purposes but Sunday released one of those players, Jarrod Uthoff, who had $200,000 due this week if he remained on the roster. Shawn Long, Tim Quarterman and Isaiah Taylor are still non-guaranteed chips on Houston’s roster. Anthony can only hope those guys will be on the move soon.
The Phoenix Suns are not in ‘win now’ mode. Quite frankly, they are a few years out from being considered anything close to a legitimate threat to their Western Conference foes. Something that would totally derail any progress made throughout the past couple seasons, would be to sign an ill-fitting star, or once again draft a player tomorrow with a tag around his neck that reads “could be good in 3-4 seasons.”
After sitting back and collecting young talent alongside an ever growing collection of assets, the Phoenix Suns are in a position to acquire a star without hurting their future. Rarely, if ever, do those opportunities come around, especially for someone who wants out with a guaranteed two years remaining on their contract.Kyrie Irving has put my plan for Phoenix to eventually acquire that star talent into overdrive, albeit a year or two in advance. And Irving was one of the star-caliber players I outlined a few weeks ago when mentioning who they could eventually go after. For Phoenix — who according to Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro will not include No. 4 pick Josh Jackson in any discussions for Irving — this is a risk they should be willing to take if they want to not only push their timeline forward but also be in position for attracting other stars around a 25-year-old Irving with Devin Booker and Jackson as formidable options who can grow alongside him. Now, the question is, though, what will it take to acquire a disgruntled Irving? The end game will be a tug of war between Cleveland’s front office and whoever is interested in taking on this risk. Cleveland believes Irving is a superstar who will be entering the prime of his career, which means obtaining him will cost more than an arm and a leg if someone complies to their high demands. However, other franchises will see this as a two-year rental opportunity trying to convince the Cavaliers’ point guard to stay on long-term. As ESPN’s Brian Windhorst has mentioned on multiple occasions, a deal could be made with Phoenix for Irving if they wanted him. With Jackson not on the table, general manager Ryan McDonough could still offer Cleveland’s newest in command, Koby Altman, his most tantalizing offer. Out of Irving’s four preferred destinations — Miami, New York, San Antonio, and Minnesota — all encounter a possibly debilitating hurdle. Let’s go through those four and find out where that hurdle is. The Knicks refuse to include Kristaps Porzingis in talks, while Carmelo Anthony seems hell bent on joining Chris Paul and James Harden out west in Houston instead of getting stuck in Cleveland by himself in 2018 if LeBron James leaves for greener pastures.
Minnesota, meanwhile, has Andrew Wiggins to offer in an Irving package but head coach and general manager Tom Thibodeau’s defensive philosophies might nix a possible deal. Alongside that notion, the Timberwolves signed Jeff Teague on July 1 so they would have to wait until December to include him in any deal. Gorgui Dieng would have to be moved, too, and his contract is viewed around the league as a non-desireable contract.
Miami has Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow to offer for Irving, but that won’t be close to enough without giving up multiple first rounders. Compared to Dragic, Bledsoe far and away is the better option for a LeBron-led Cavs squad.
San Antonio could offer a bevy of young prospects in Dejounte Murray, Bryn Forbes, Davis Bertans, and Justin Anderson around Danny Green, for example, but, again, not close to what Cleveland is looking for in terms of value in return. And the Spurs will have a hard time finding any partner to take on Tony Parker and or LaMarcus Aldridge in a three-way deal.
This leads back to Phoenix, where all roads tend to head towards when a star player is on the trading block at the moment. As McDonough mentioned on Wednesday, they had the artillery to acquire DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George, and Jimmy Butler if they wanted to. None of those three coincided with the roster, but, with Irving, I think that mindset flips when a package around Bledsoe is what it will take to obtain one of the best 1-on-1 scorers in the Association. Will the Suns roll the dice on trying to convince Irving on the Valley for the next two years? With the addition of Vice President of Basketball Operations James Jones this month, who was Irving’s teammate from 2014-2017, alongside an extension for McDonough, shows him there is stability moving forward. That includes a roster full of youth led by Booker, Jackson, Marquese Chriss, and Dragan Bender. The security, in terms of future roster intentions and flexibility, is already set for a player like Irving to take it by the reins immediately upon arrival. If I was in McDonough’s shoes, here’s the offer I would throw at Dan Gilbert and Altman: Eric Bledsoe, T.J. Warren, Tyson Chandler, and a top five protected first rounder in 2018 (Phoenix’s original pick). If Cleveland doesn’t bite on that offer, I would counter with Chriss and Bledsoe alongside their 2018 first via Miami. Cleveland, if they part ways with Irving, would want to obtain either a package around young prospects, preferably Jackson, and draft picks. The expectation from their side is two unprotected first rounders, at least one, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe on his podcast this week with Windhorst. The Cavaliers hold the leverage in this situation, but if Irving sticks to his word about not wanting to play Robin to LeBron’s Batman any longer, that value Irving has will slowly depreciate the longer this drags out. Advantage, again, cheap jerseys nba toward the Suns if they want to make a move. Another note when thinking of the value that could be sent to the Cavs in an Irving deal: Brandon Knight’s season-ending ACL tear opens up a need at the backup two-guard spot unless they believe rookie Davon Reed and Derrick Jones Jr. can split the duties. With that being said, Phoenix could include Iman Shumpert to help Cleveland shed salary which opens the door to Knight heading toward the door next summer via trade or stretch provision. Phoenix offers Irving both stability and a roster built for contention throughout his prime. For what Irving desires, being the lead man, the Suns put forward that opportunity if he buys into their family-oriented environment and coinciding with Booker in a backcourt. Even though McDonough, Jones, and majority owner Robert Sarver (he might be salivating at adding a star presence in Irving to the Valley again) preached patience earlier this month, they should not be when it comes to Irving. It’s a perfect storm to acquire an All-Star guard who fits into their extended future alongside a roster mimicking more of a college team at the moment in terms of youth. Kyrie Irving’s fit in a Suns uniform
Sure, the defensive fit for Kyrie alongside Booker in a backcourt would be rather abysmal, to say the least, but he comes to a franchise where their head coach already mimics what happens out in Portland with two score-first guards. Earl Watson and Terry Stotts both prioritize getting up and down and trying to win through their offensive firepower. Sliding in Irving for Bledsoe actually makes sense for Watson if they want to move even more towards a warp speed up-and-down attack. Personally, I think Watson would welcome Irving and be better off with said addition. He’s a splendid fit for a team who needs more scoring and wants to push the pace. This roster is built to allow both Irving and Booker to get theirs respectively, in terms of touches and shots. Irving, as we all know, is an elite guard in terms of putting the ball in the hoop. The value he’s able to add as an isolation scorer and off of pick-and-rolls is immense. Far and away, Irving’s inclusion into PnR sets with a gifted passer such as Bender could unlock fascinating potential from him as a playmaker. Even with another above-average passer, for a wing, in Jackson should allow Irving to find openings off the ball, too. As a slasher to the rim, Irving could grow upon that if sharing touches with Booker compared to the most ball-dominant forward in recent memory, LeBron. With the way Phoenix has constructed their roster thus far, it opens up opportunities for a score-first player like Irving to develop beautiful ball movement on and off the ball. Another positive in the Suns favor for selling Irving on staying is that the would be core five can grow together for an extended period. Irving, Booker, Jackson, Chriss, Bender, if they do a package around Bledsoe/Warren/1st, is one of the more promising cores if everything goes to plan with each prospect’s ceiling of potential. Not only would McDonough and Co. now have five players all yet to hit their primes, four not even close to theirs, but he also would still have control over the majority of his future draft capital. Immediately, Phoenix becomes a desirable free agent destination even next summer and steadily improves as the core continues its upward trajectory. After all of this, I would be surprised if Phoenix isn’t working to acquire Irving. They have two years to sell him on having a contender extending throughout his prime especially, and begin to make them a destination to contend for top free agents year in, year out if Irving commits to a now edited, more win very soon sort of timeline. With reports coming out about Irving refusing to speak to Cleveland throughout this process speaks of how ugly this might get here soon if nothing happens. However, the longer it goes the more it helps a team like Phoenix as Cleveland begins losing leverage. Even if Irving ends up in Phoenix and bolts after two years, the original four would be ready to compete for the playoffs on their own. That shows how great of a position they are in to take this shot on the Cavs’ star ready to have his own leading role. And with how flexible McDonough has made their roster now and into the future allows for them to go all-in on Irving whether he stays after the 2018-2019 season or not. McDonough has said on multiple occasions this offseason how he would look to acquire the right player if they could “accelerate their timeline,” and Irving is one of those who could help set a new road map to a title whichever way they take.
As the Cleveland Cavaliers continue figuring out how to handle Kyrie Irving’s recent trade request, the All-Star guard reportedly hopes to join the New York Knicks.According to ESPN’s Pablo Torre (via Clevis Murray of Def Pen Hoops), Irving “very badly” wants to play for the Knicks. Per ESPN’s Chris Haynes, Irving gave the Cavaliers a list of preferred trade destinations that includes the Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst noted Irving wholesale jerseys wants to be traded in part because he “wants to play in a situation where he can be more of a focal point” instead of playing the No. 2 guy behind LeBron James. The Knicks would afford Irving that opportunity. Carmelo Anthony is still a high-volume scorer, but he’s no longer a franchise cornerstone. Kristaps Porzingis has tremendous potential, but he’s just 21 years old and is still putting everything together. Irving would give the Knicks a franchise building block. He’s a four-time All-Star who scored a career-high 25.2 points per game last season. New York hasn’t made the postseason since the 2012-13 season and hasn’t won more than 37 games in each of the past four seasons.