Knicks Pre-Draft Trade Rumors

Today has certainly been a crazy day.  Here’s what ‘s been going on.

– The Knicks may acquire the Bulls’ 30th overall pick.  However, the Bulls have denied such reports.

– Nash to New York rumors have been “red hot” according to Chris Broussard, who was on ESPN Radio earlier today.  Talks are “heating up” according to Tommy Dee.

– There has been no news today on a possible Jonny Flynn trade, although it’s been rumored that the trade is certainly possible.

– There is buzz that the Knicks could trade up for Jimmer Fredette, although we know no details yet.  His visit to New York has fueled speculation.

Bismack Biyombo, who the Knicks were expected to be interested in, will probably be taken fifth overall by the Raptors.

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This May be Lebron’s Best Chance to Win a Title

The Heat better win this year, or they may have trouble ever getting this far again. The East is going to be ridiculously stacked over the next few seasons.

– The Bulls will only improve with Rose maturing another year. He’s only what, 22? If they can maybe add a real nice 2-guard, the Heat will never be able to beat them.

– The Knicks will be much better next year once they fill out their roster and possibly add Chris Paul. If built right, that team could definitely be the Heat’s kryptonite.

– The Magic will put a really good team together next year to try to convince Dwight to stay or at least make the best of his final year there. If they can sure up some weak spots, they will be a much more balanced team than the Heat.

– I’m assuming the Celtics will do something in the offseason to replace Perkins, which will once again put them at the top of the conference. I still think they can easily beat the Heat if they are healthy and have enough size to play the defense they are capable of.

– The Sixers, Pacers, Bucks, Nets, and Wizards all could become contenders within the next few seasons if they make the right moves. There’s always that team every few seasons that comes out of nowhere. If the Nets get Howard, that’s another major contender in the East.

– The Heat have absolutely no cap space to do anything for the next 5 years or so. That’s not a big deal, but the new CBA could put a hard cap in place and/or get rid of the mid-level exception. Uh oh. It really could come down to Wade, Lebron, Bosh, and 12 D-Leaguers.

– What if someone gets hurt? Doesn’t Bosh have a knee problem? If one of the big three go down, they are done. The Heat are built in a way that if one of them go down, their season is over. A team like the Bulls on the other hand, could survive losing any starter but Rose.

– Coaches now have one full season + playoffs of tape on the Big Three playing together. They didn’t have that before. Defensive minds like Thibodeau and Rivers WILL study the hell out of these tapes all offseason and find a way to stop these guys.

– There will be even less fan support than this season. Now that the novelty is worn off, basketball will once again become irrelevant in Miami, especially if they don’t win it all this season. Playing in front of empty arenas every night, or having other fans pack your arena, will only cost you home regular season games.

– With more and more superstars having or about to enter the East like Amare, Carmelo, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, the playing field has been leveled. The Heat won’t be the only ones getting calls every game.

– The Heat gave away almost all their draft picks for the next few seasons in the Lebron and Bosh trades. Sure, it may mean nothing, but you aren’t going to find that draft steal that could take them to the next level. Even in the late 20s, you can find someone to take your team to the next level. The Heat will have to fill out their roster with old, washed up veterans looking for a ring.

Lebron & Heat Embarrassed in Game One

This should be a really fun series.  New York Sports Today is officially endorsing the Bulls in this Eastern Conference Finals.  My prediction from the start was Chicago in six.  At this point, Lebron and the Heat may struggle to win a game.  I’m not in love with the Bulls and their fans, but they are by far the lesser of the two evils here.  Nothing would make me more glad to see the Whore of Akron take his talents home and miss the NBA Finals.

Sure, the Knicks and Nets aren’t in it, but seeing the Heat lose would almost make this whole season worthwhile.

DERRICK ROSE WITH NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE!

Celtics-Heat Talking Points

– Pierce, Allen, and Garnett are declining. I think Boston’s run is over. Miami/Chicago/New York will run the East for the next 5-10 years while the West will be wide open.  The Nets getting Howard would change everything, which I think they very might well do.

– Losing Perkins was huge.  It was a really dumb trade.

– Rondo is a great point guard, and the Celtics should still be good for a while. Just not title material.

– LOL at “Heat fans” in the arena who have probably never watched basketball before.

– LOL at Lebron crying after winning, as if he really accomplished something by winning a second round series. Didn’t these clowns crown themselves champions in July?

– Chicago will beat Miami. They are much better suited to play them.

Get your popcorn ready.

WE PLAYOFFS NOW

It’s been a while, but somehow, someway, the Knicks are in the playoffs.  The past few seasons have not been easy.  Here’s a trip down memory lane.

Carmelo Trade Off?

It isn’t over until it’s over.  Carmelo may not be heading to the Nets after all.  After almost no progress yesterday, a four-team trade that would send Carmelo to the Nets may not happen.  Now here is the interesting part.  Carmelo may now be lobbying for a trade to the Knicks.  Yes, the Knicks.  What a turn of events in the past 24 hours.

Real GM confirms these rumors, saying that Melo to the Knicks is definitely a possibility.  On the other hand, Steve Kyler posted the following on Twitter, “Sources speculated that Melo simply wants to be a Free Agent in 2011 and won’t sign an extension with anyone… No Extension No Trade.”  I highly doubt this to be true, but it is certainly a possibility.  I doubt Carmelo will have an hour long show where he decides where to take his talents to, but I do understand why he would want to keep his options open.

If this trade does indeed fall through, this is a huge blow to the Nets franchise.  This may have been their only chance to obtain a franchise player.  The Nets now have to hope that Derrick Favors becomes the next great power forward in this league.  Even if he does, the Nets will never have the firepower to compete in the Eastern Conference.  How are the Nets supposed to get past the Bulls, the Heat, and the Knicks if they sign Carmelo?  I also truly believe that Chris Paul will follow Carmelo and go to either New York or New Jersey. 

On the other hand, this is a huge opportunity for the Knicks.  If they have a chance to get Carmelo, you have to be willing to trade everyone on your team except Amar’e Stoudemire to get him.  A core of Carmelo and Amar’e can compete with the Heat and Lakers if you get a premier point guard.  Even if you miss out on Chris Paul, Tony Parker isn’t a bad fall back option.  If Anthony Randolph can develop into a star like people think he can, he is another piece to the puzzle.  There is also the possibility that Timofey Mozgov becomes an elite center in this league.  Wouldn’t that be something?

In the end, this is a great day for Knicks fans and a terrible day for Nets fans.  This is a potential turning point in each franchise’s history.  Carmelo could make or break the next five years for either franchise.

Don't count out the Knicks.

Sources: Carmelo Anthony Wants Knicks or Bulls

Ready for the latest Carmelo trade rumor?

According to ESPN, the Knicks and the Bulls are at the top of Carmelo Anthony’s wish list.  Over the past three days, Carmelo’s agents have been in constant contact with the Nuggets and have been pushing for a trade.  According to sources, the Bulls don’t want to include Joakim Noah in a deal.  This could make the Knicks the favorites to land the start forward.  It is been rumored that Carmelo won’t accept a long-term deal with the Nets, taking them out of the picture.