Whoa, what’s this? A links post?!
Yeah, everything’s been so big and exciting and ground-breaking since free agency started that the news has been too big for lowly links posts. That, and I’ve been working on this series where I compare all of the Knicks to different breeds of dogs*.
(*I’m not actually doing that.)
But here we are, the link posts hath returneth!
Here’s my new favorite summertime banger to listen to:
There’s a music video, but... well, it’s Tyler, the Creator so it’s weird. Weirder than usual, even for him.
Some links for your domepiece
— Kristaps Porzingis’ favorite former assistant coach Josh Longstaff has accepted a position to become the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks’ (and formerly the Knicks’) G-League team, the Erie Bayhawks. Good for Josh! Best news here: Erie, PA is close enough that Rebecca Haarlow can still hand-deliver Longstaff his Valentine’s Day card next year.
— Ian Begley of ESPN is reporting that despite the Carmelo Anthony-for-Kyrie Irving kerfuffle that arose after Irving demanded a trade last week, that move remains unlikely because Melo would still prefer to go to Houston.
Carmelo Anthony's top destination in any trade, per league sources, is the Houston Rockets. Nothing really has changed since ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported more than a week ago that Anthony still expected the Knicks to carry out their previous plan to trade him to Houston.
I’m not ready to give up hope yet (I’m well on the record as being in favor of a Kyrie trade for a moderate price). That said, maybe I should cancel that customized “Irvzingis” jersey that I ordered.
— Poppa Berman has a scoop from Kristaps Porzingis’ basketball camp in Latvia, where he told a little kid how he feels about New York:
“I feel that it is the best place to win. And if you win in New York, you are king. For the last two years, I have had so many positive emotions here that this is where I want to stay and that this is where I want to win.”
Damn right, KP.
— Henry Bushnell at Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie writes that a Carmelo trade could potentially threaten the Warriors’ crown in the West, even if he were to join the less-likely destinations of Oklahoma City or Portland via trade.
— Oh, about Oklahoma City entering the fold — some Bahston gasbag said this, in case you missed it:
Have a scoop - OKC and Carmelo are officially circling each other. OKC's Troy Weaver recruited Melo to Cuse + has known him since DMV days.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) July 24, 2017
First off, I don’t know how Simmons has a source in the Knicks or the Thunder front offices. Secondly, what a stupid way to phrase that! Are they like sharks, circling each other? Or are they just circling each others’ names on a piece of paper?
— A couple of “goodbye” pieces to Derrick Rose, from Steve Popper of the Bergen Record and Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. The Cliff notes: it was an experiment and it failed pretty badly. The end.
— In case you missed the details on Damyean Dotson’s rookie deal, it looks like it should be about $2.6 million over the first two guaranteed years:
According to a source, Knicks and Damyean Dotson working toward a deal with the first two years guaranteed at about $2.6 million.— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) July 23, 2017
— There’s some sort of fan vote thing going on at HoopsHype for “Worst contract of the 2017 offseason” and Tim Hardaway Jr. is currently the top vote-getter. Ron Baker also received votes. I’d encourage all of you to go there and vote every other guy up instead of ours. You can’t tell me Hardaway’s deal will look worse than giving Serge Ibaka $20+ million for three years!
That’s all I got for today, guys! Enjoy!