The New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets have agreed to a blockbuster three-team deal that will send Carmelo Anthony to join forces with Amar’e Stoudemire back east. The former Syracuse University star player publicly stated his desire to play for New York before starting his seventh regular season in Denver. The Knicks expect to sign Anthony to a three-year, $65 million extension in the process.
As a part of the deal, New York will send Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick to the Nuggets in exchange for Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman. The Knicks have also reached agreement to ship Anthony Randolph, the expiring contract of Eddy Curry and $3 million to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Corey Brewer.
Denver coach George Karl will look to get his team refocused after a season so far packed with rumors and media headlines. “I’m glad it’s over. I’m glad it’s an opportunity to reinvent,” he said. “I think everybody handled it as classy as you could handle it. There’s some sadness to it, there always will be.” The Knicks will hope to have Carmelo in uniform Wednesday night when they host the Milwaukee Bucks. New York Knicks tickets are now available!
The Chicago Bulls are currently working a deal that could land Denver Nuggets small forward Carmelo Anthony, who has previously expressed his desire to consider all options once he reaches free agency next summer. Chicago is willing to give up three-year veteran center Joakim Noah as a major piece of the potential trade offer. Noah is set to earn $3.1 million this season before his contract expires in 2011.
The Nuggets offered Anthony a three-year $65 million extension through 2014. If he decides to reject the already revamped contract, the Denver front office will have to consider their trade options. “I think I’m going to convince him to be a Nugget,” said GM Masai Ujiri. “No, I don’t know, I can’t make a judgment on that. Like I said, it’s a process and until he tells me that…We want him back, the city wants him back, ownership wants him back.” The 26-year old averaged 28.2 points and seven rebounds per game for Denver last season. Check back for more NBA offseason updates right here at Ace!
Rajon Rondo controlled the tempo with a triple-double as Paul Pierce netted 27 points to lead the Boston Celtics past the Denver Nuggets 113-99 yesterday at the TD Garden. The C’s have now won 6 of their last 8 thanks to Pierce’s elevated play, as he’s produced an average of 25 in his last five games. “We have been able to get the job done on the road,” said Pierce. “But this is where we eat. This is where we set our table.”
Boston solidified their postseason position with the recent victory. They will be challenged at home against Sacramento, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Houston and Cleveland this week. Rajon Rondo believes his squad is healthy and prepared for the upcoming stretch in Boston, saying “whether it’s home or away, I think it’s time to get momentum.”
Last night’s contest showcased a complete team effort with five different Celtics in double figures. Behind Pierce and Rondo were Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen contributing for a combined 36 points. Tony Allen stepped up for 13 points, shooting 5-of-6 from the field in his 20 minutes on the court. The Celts are certainly revamped and ready for another run at the title. Boston Celtics regular season and playoff tickets are now available!
Danilo Gallinari took charge for his squad, scoring 17 of his 28 total points in the third quarter as the the New York Knicks went on to defeat the Denver Nuggets 109-104 yesterday at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks netted 34 points collectively during the block and held the lead from there. Despite Carmelo Anthony’s 36 points for the Nuggets, it was Gallinari who eventually prevailed for New York to earn their 26th win of the season.
“You can see him clicking, taking the challenge,” said Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni. “Now the challenge for him will be, he needs to be clicking every night and that’s not who’s in front of him. That’s a little bit of, if he wants to go to that next level, then the game’s got to be the challenge. It can’t be, ‘OK, I got Carmelo or Kobe or whoever.’”
The 47-24 Nuggets have now lost two straight heading into tonight’s contest against the Boston Celtics. They are set to matchup with a handful of tough teams that includes Orlando, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Los Angeles, San Antonio and Phoenix. The Knicks are next scheduled to hit the road to face the Suns on Friday before arriving in Utah to challenge the Jazz on Monday.
Lamar Odom stepped up with 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the LA Lakers to defeat the Denver Nuggets 95-89 last night at the Staples Center. In both 2008 and 2009, Los Angeles found themselves responsible for sending the Nuggets back home in the playoffs. Denver has since become highly motivated to prevent the recent trend, winning in their first two regular season matchups and boasting to have the NBA Champions all figured out. Even with franchise player Kobe Bryant collecting just 14 points, Los Angeles featured four other players in double digit numbers to find their rhythm and earn their 45th win of the year.
“Toward the end of the season, you need games like this to start firing you up toward a playoff type of consistency,” said Nuggets coach George Karl. “I think with teams that have won championships and have been there more consistently, there’s more confidence to be able to turn the switch on.”
Denver kept the lead through most of the contest until the Lakers came together for a 12-2 run at the start of the fourth block. Pau Gasol supplied the dagger with 2:26 left with a driving layup assisted by Bryant. The Nuggets couldn’t produce from there, marking a six point advantage in favor of LA at the sound of the final buzzer. The Nuggets are set to arrive in Phoenix tonight to take on the Suns before the Lakers host the Indiana Pacers the following day.
JR Smith produced 16 of his 19 game points in the fourth quarter to help the Denver Nuggets defeat the Boston Celtics 114-105 yesterday at the Pepsi Center. Denver posted 37 first quarter points to Boston’s 19 to gain the early advantage. The C’s were able to fight back and cut the lead to seven by the end of the second block. Boston refused to quit but the Nuggets would never allow a change in momentum, holding the lead through the entire contest.
Chauncey Billups led the way with 26 points and seven assists for Denver. Ray Allen kept Boston in the game with 25 as Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett followed with 15 apiece. The Celtics have been on a roll lately, winning their last 3-of-4 on the road following the NBA All-Star break. Captain Paul Pierce is happy with the way his squad is performing despite their recent loss against one of the league’s top teams.
“It’s always tough to come back in their building,” said Pierce. “But I’m happy with the road trip for the most part. I feel like we’re headed in the right direction. We’d like to have gotten all four wins, but we didn’t. Now we have to start establishing ourselves at home and play better.”
The Celtics are due for a string of home games this week. They will host the New York Knicks on Tuesday for Nate Robinson’s debut before the Cleveland Cavaliers make their way to the Garden on Thursday.
Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points to rally his Denver Nuggets past the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-116 in OT yesterday at the Quicken Loans Arena. LeBron James produced a game-high 43 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists, two steals and four blocks. Despite the monster stat line, it was Melo who finished strong in the end to halt the Cavs win streak at 13.
“It’s finally me being on the other end I guess,” said James. “I’m so used to being on the other end making shots and looking at guys. It’s a great player and a great shot. If I got any closer, I was going to foul him. Big shot.”
Kenyon Martin and Chauncey Billups helped Anthony with 18 apiece for Denver. JR Smith shot 50% from the field to collect 14 points off the bench. Cleveland will next match-up with the Charlotte Bobcats as the Nuggets continue their east road trip to DC for a game against the Wizards.
Pau Gasol collected 21 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists to lead his shorthanded LA Lakers past the San Antonio Spurs 101-89 Monday night at the Staples Center. Kobe Bryant sat his second consecutive game with a sore left angle as Andrew Bynum joined him on the bench with a bruised right hip. Ron Artest and Lamar Odom stepped up in their absence, contributing for 34 points combined.
“It’s got to be reassuring for the rest of the team and for the guys that don’t play that much that are now stepping up,” said Gasol. “It was fun. It was a good challenge for us. We played hard and got a nice win.”
The Spurs have now lost four in a row heading into their next game against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday. The Lakers will look to win three straight at Utah without their star player who’s currently listed as day to day. “I don’t know what it’s going to look like on Sunday. I’m not clairvoyant,” said Bryant jokingly. “If it’s an injury where I feel like I can play through it and have it heal while I’m playing, then I’ll play.”