Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks superstar, won’t be surprised if his team doesn’t make any trades ahead of Thursday’s deadline, per latest NBA Trade Rumors.
It’s that time of the year when executives and GMs around the league scramble in a last-dash effort to enhance their respective rosters. During the last NBA Trade Deadline, on February 20, 2015, a record-setting 37 players (besides draft picks) were moved in a total of 11 trades. However, Knicks were one of the least active teams, having dealt Iman Shumpert and JR Smith before deadline day.
Knicks coach Kurt Rambis said his team wasn’t focussed on the deadline day, but rather the second half of the season. “Anything that comes up, I’m sure (president Phil Jackson and GM Steve Mills) will address it with me and ask the opinion of the coaching staff and what they think, but nothing’s come out,” the former showtime Laker said on Wednesday.
‘Haven’t heard anything’
Anthony echoed Rambis’ sentiments. “If you don’t hear anything as of now, I doubt we’re probably even doing something. But you never know. This game over the years has done some weird things. We’ve still got to 3 p.m. (Thursday) to try to figure something out. I haven’t been hearing anything. The guys on the team, seems like they haven’t been hearing anything,” the forward said after New York’s first practice session following the all-star break.
Needless to say, Anthony or Rambis wouldn’t divulge any details of a potential trade. There is still a high likelihood that Knicks make a move for either Jeff Teague, Ty Lawson or Ricky Rubio. They are still searching for a quality point guard and it won’t be a wise move to bank on Mike Conley Jr. during free agency. If they can nab a deal for Rubio tomorrow, it would be wise to pull the trigger.
Not out of playoff picture….
The Knicks (23-32) are still not totally out of the playoff race. They would need to win at least 20 of their remaining 27 games to stay in the hunt. Rambis reiterated that his “No. 1 goal” was to make the postseason. “That’s what we’re shooting for. That’s our goal. It’s going to take a lot of effort, focus and determination. We got to improve,” said the Knicks’ interim head coach.
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