With the Celtics looking to shed a contract and Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley the prime candidates to go, it seems the Knicks would like to be a suitor.
Citing an NBA source, Marc Berman of the New York Post wrote Thursday that the Knicks are interesting in trading for Smart, whom he notes the Celtics “have shopped” since agreeing to terms with Gordon Hayward.
According to the source, the Knicks are looking into trade options to fill the cap space they have -- about $15 million once they renounce the cap hold on Derrick Rose. Smart makes just $4.5 million this season and then becomes a restricted free agent in 2018.
The C’s drafted Smart with the sixth overall pick 2014. Last season, he posted 10.6 points, 4.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game. He is not their only trade option, as the Celtics and Jazz are also reportedly discussing a potential sign-and-trade for Hayward that would send Crowder to Utah.
The New York Knicks have traded Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-round draft pick, according to multiple reports.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was first with the news of the deal.
The Thunder add Anthony, 33, and Paul George, acquired in a trade this summer with the Indiana Pacers, to a perennial Western Conference playoff team led by last season's NBA MVP Russell Westbrook.
The pick going to New York is a 2018 second-rounder via the Chicago Bulls. Anthony waived his no-trade clause to agree to deal, after being convinced to do so by Westbrook and George, Wojnarowski reports.
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President Donald Trump's verbal attacks on NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of NBA star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors led to some pointed reactions on Twitter from prominent athletes.
One of the most notable was from the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, who backed Curry:
Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul also weighed in:
NFL players, including the Patriots' Devin McCourty, also chimed in on Twitter after Trump criticized players who have protested during the national anthem, most notably former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.