Tag:Chauncey Billups
Posted on: February 17, 2011 8:29 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 8:34 pm

Report: Nets in advanced talks for Melo... again.

Conflicting reports surface regarding possible revived Nets-Nuggets talks for Carmelo Anthony.
Posted by Matt Moore

I could have swore we were just here. Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the New Jersey Nets are in "advanced talks" in a huge nine-player, four-pick deal that would shake out as the following: 

New Jersey Nets receive: 

Carmelo Anthony
Chauncey Billups
Renaldo Balkman
Melvin Ely
Shelden Williams.

Denver Nuggets receive:

Derrick Favors
Devin Harris
Troy Murphy
Ben Uzoh
And... four first-round picks.

That is an absurd lump of assets for one player, and if true, shows just how desperate the Nets are to contend immediately. They're giving up Derrick Favors and Harris, along with the expiring contract of Troy Murphy, basically to get Melo and Billups. And that's before you factor in giving up 4 first-rounders. Those picks are likely spread out over the 2011 through 2014 draft (the Nets own the Warriors 2011 pick, lottery protected, as well as their 2012, and the Rockets' 2012 picks), but that's a massive amount of first-rounders to surrender, even for an All-Star, before we look at the value of Harris and Favors. 

However, a spokesperson for Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov Thursday reasserted to the AP that the owner "has not changed his mind" since cutting off talks with the Nuggets over the last deal when the Nets were asking for three first-rounders.  ESPN reported Thursday that the Nets had entered into talks again, and that it was Prokhorov's insistence that the Nets be the ones to open the dialogue again. 

So either Prokhorov's spokesperson is lying or not up to speed, and Prokhorov decided it was fine to deal with Denver if they opened talks, even if it meant talking about an even higher price tag than the last one Prokhorov walked away from, or the Nuggets are trying to apply pressure on New York by fabricating talks with the New Jersey Nets. 

So this is fun. 

Expect things to continue on this track through the weekend and possibly all the way to the deadline. The Melo story has just hit a whole other gear of crazy. 
Posted on: February 15, 2011 10:32 am

Report: Knicks turned down Denver offer for Melo

Posted by Royce Young

According to the New York Daily News, a deal was on the table between the Knicks and Nuggets, but New York turned it down. The Knicks would've received Carmelo Anthony while they were sending Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Eddy Curry and at least one first-round pick.

Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni both agreed that was too steep a price to pay. Also headed to New York in that deal was Chauncey Billups, but that really didn't sweeten the pot for New York.

The Knicks were wise to rebuff the Nuggets on that deal. Giving up Gallinari, Felton, a first-rounder and Curry's corpse is a bit much when they know they can get Melo anyway. I do think if you swapped Wilson Chandler in for Gallinari and took Felton and Billups out of the deal, this thing would get done. That appears to be more of a realistic trade that the Knicks would agree to. The Nuggets wouldn't be happy, but that's the way it is.

Also in the report is that the Nuggets are most interested in making a deal with either New York or Chicago. The Rockets and Mavericks are in the discussion, but those are long shots. And of course the Nuggets could call back the Nets, but that's probably going nowhere.

The Knicks are running a small risk here if they don't go ahead and reel in Carmelo. First, Anthony might decide he doesn't want to lose money in free agency. Ken Berger wrote yesterday, "Under the owners' proposal, Anthony would only be eligible for a four-year, $47 million deal with New York as an unrestricted free agent." That's almost $20 million. That's a lot.

And Marc Stein of ESPN tweeted that the Nuggets might try and keep Anthony because of the potential for a franchise tag rule in the new CBA.

So there's definitely cause for the Knicks to act sooner than later. There's a lot of posturing going on and it's hard to know what's going on, but I firmly believe Carmelo Anthony will be a New York Knick come Feb. 25. It's just going to take a better deal than this one.
Posted on: February 9, 2011 2:03 am
Edited on: February 9, 2011 2:09 am

Game Changer: Pacers choke against Heat

The Miami Heat get an easy one thanks to a late-game meltdown by the Indiana Pacers, LeBron James gets way up, Blake Griffin throws down the Alley Oop and Chauncey Billups looks cold. Plus, plenty more. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Each game is made up of elements that help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the previous night's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what led to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.  


The Indiana Pacers and their new teenage-looking coach Frank Vogel are hard to root against, as the sacking of Jim O'Brien immediately produced a four-game winning streak for a team that had only won four games in the month prior to his dismissal. 

The winning came to an end -- and Vogel's undefeated head coaching record was finally tarnished -- on Tuesday night as the Pacers lost to the mighty Miami Heat on the road, 117-112. 
  The ending to this one was not only bizarre, it was fairly rare. Allow me set the scene.

With 8.9 seconds left, the Pacers have the ball on a side inbounds play in the frontcourt, trailing by three points, 115-112. The Pacers stacked four players in the middle of the court with guard Dahntay Jones inbounding the ball. Even without strong initial pressure on the ball, Jones couldn't find anyone, and he watched as Pacers forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. fired across the top of the key, as point guard Darren Collison shot into the near corner and as forward Danny Granger came directly to the ball. The only non-shooter on the court for Indiana, big man Jeff Foster, just stood stunned in the paint watching this car wreck unfold. 

With all three possible options exhausted, Jones finally threw a bounce pass in to Granger, only to have the referee blow his whistle, signalling for a five second violation.

Man alive. How often do you see a five second violation on a potential game-winning, last second play? Not often. 

Credit goes to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who had a small-ball defensive lineup in with guards Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade and a trio of forwards: LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Mike Miller to defend against the obvious three-point attempt. Chalmers didn't initially pressure the ball that hard, but as the clock started ticking he does move up, obscuring Jones' vision. Miller and James simply did their jobs, shadowing their men and not getting hung up on screens. Dwyane Wade probably had the largest role in causing the violation, sticking to Granger like glue, forcing Jones' delay and indecision because he was worried about a Wade steal from behind.

But we shouldn't go overboard in praising Miami. This wasn't a difficult to time catch-and-shoot situation. This was a standard late-game entry pass that the Pacers simply couldn't execute. Get. The. Ball. In. Bounds. They couldn't do it.

Miami cashed in on the mistake as the Pacers were forced to foul immediately and that was the ball game. Take a look at the play. Admire the meltdown.


LeBron James:  41 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists on 15-of-23 shooting in 42 minutes in a Miami Heat home win over the Indiana Pacers.

Dwight Howard:  22 points, 20 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block, +30 (!) on 7-of-13 shooting in 37 minutes in an Orlando Magic home win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Zach Randolph:   31 points, 13 rebounds, four assists on 11-of-19 shooting in 47 minutes in a Memphis Grizzlies road win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.



Blake Griffin might put more people on posters, but nobody dunks in more photographic fashion than LeBron James. Watch out, below. My goodness. Two of his 41 points. 



This is just a Blake Griffin dunk every single day, you know how I do it. Here Griffin catches the alley oop lob pass and dunks over Orlando Magic forward Ryan Anderson, much like he dunked over Kyle Korver recently. Griffin struggled on the night, scoring just 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in 35 minutes of action in a 101-85 loss to Orlando.


Per Denver Nuggets team policy, Chauncey Billups does not charge baggage handling fees. Boy, he looks cold.


I, for one, am glad that Kevin Durant made the three-point contest even if he is the only one of the contestants to shoot below league-average from deep.  Given his competitive desire, overall talent level and ability to rise to the occasion, Durant not only makes a great candidate, he serves as an excellent foil for the field. He gets to take on a Larry Bird role here, the intimidating all-NBA gunner who the specialists can try to take down. I love it. What better script is there for a three-point contest?
Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:32 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2011 11:03 pm

Knicks to hire Mark Warkentien as consultant

The New York Knicks will reportedly hire former Denver Nuggets executive Mark Warkentien. Posted by Ben Golliver. mark-warkentien

Here's some news that figures to kick up another solid round of Carmelo Anthony trade rumors: the New York Knicks are reportedly set to hire former Denver Nuggets vice president of basketball operations Mark Warkentien as a consultant to president Donnie Walsh, according to Yahoo! Sports.
In a move that undoubtedly has roots in the pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks president Donnie Walsh has reached an agreement with former Denver Nuggets general manager Mark Warkentien to join the Knicks as a high-level consultant, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday.
The hiring of Warkentien is expected to be a prelude to a larger and more specific front-office role in the future, but that’s still an issue to be worked out. As the Knicks work to acquire Anthony through a trade this season or in free agency this summer, there’s no minimizing Warkentien’s institutional knowledge of the Nuggets organization and ownership, as well as a strong relationship with Anthony.
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirms the Yahoo! report and further explores the hiring's implications on the Anthony trade talks.

The New York Daily News reports Anthony's reaction to the news: "As far as I'm concerned that's a great addition to their organization."

Warkentien is perhaps best known for landing point guard Chauncey Billups in a blockbuster 2008 trade for Allen Iverson. He has also established a reputation as a negotiations expert, having studied the art of deal-making extensively at Harvard.

Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke is said to be a demanding man to work for, as he runs the Nuggets by focusing on payroll management and profit maximization to a degree many owners do not. Pitching a deal with the scope and magnitude of a Carmelo Anthony trade takes a keen sense for what motivates an owner, and Warkentien's direct knowledge of those motivations would absolutely be an asset that could pay immediate dividends for the Knicks.

Still, this move feels like more than just "Melo-or-bust" for New York. Warkentien was named NBA Executive of the Year for 2008-2009 and was one of the biggest available names among the group of former NBA GMs, alongside Kevin Pritchard, Danny Ferry and Steve Kerr. Warkentien brings roughly 20 years of NBA experience to the table -- including a long record of scouting -- and the network of relationships that go along with that experience. 

During the four seasons that Warkentien headed up the Nuggets, Denver won 45, 50, 54 and 53 games. So whether or not Warkentien helps the Knicks land Anthony prior to the trade deadline, his hiring represents another sign that the Knicks franchise, a team on the rise, is looking for people to help transform it into a true title contender. 
Posted on: January 27, 2011 12:05 am
Edited on: January 27, 2011 12:10 am

Carmelo injures Stuckey with shoulder screen

Denver Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony sets a hard screen on Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey, who leaves the game with a shoulder contusion and may miss some time. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Denver Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony has a lot going on in his world thanks to the ongoing trade talks, so the basketball court probably feels like a great place to get away from it all. Unfortunately, during the first quarter of Wednesday night's game against the Detroit Pistons, Anthony found himself in the middle of some on-court drama too.

With roughly two minutes remaining in the first quarter, Nuggets Chauncey Billups used an Anthony screen to free himself from Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey on a simple inbounds play. The screen worked to perfection, as Billups was wide-open, Detroit's defense was forced to scramble, and Billups found big man Shelden Williams wide open at the rim for an uncontested dunk. 

The only problem? Anthony's screen might be considered borderline dirty by some, and it caused Stuckey to fall to the floor in obvious pain, clutching his shoulder. Television replays showed Anthony sliding to his right and moving forward to step into the pick, lowering his right shoulder into Stuckey's right shoulder with considerable force, standing Stuckey up immediately. 

Here's a look at the play.

Leading with your shoulder while setting a screen happens a fair bit in the NBA, so Anthony's pick probably won't bring about league action, but it certainly should have been whistled as a foul on the floor. 

After lying on the court for a considerable amount of time and being attended to by trainers, Stuckey was taken to the locker room for X-rays, which came back negative, according to NBA.com. He was diagnosed with a shoulder contusion and was listed doubtful to return. Stuckey did not return. 

After the game, NBA.com reported that Stuckey plans to travel with the Pistons to Miami for their Friday game against the Heat, but isn't sure yet whether he will be able to play.

The Nuggets went on to beat the Pistons in Detroit, 109-100. Anthony finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Posted on: January 15, 2011 4:00 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2011 8:39 pm

Melo: Actual 'ultimate dream' is winning a title

Posted by Royce Young

Carmelo Anthony caught some attention when he said recently that playing in New York is his "ultimate dream." He said a lot of other stuff in that inteview too, but the way things work is that line gets latched on to and everyone runs wild with it.

Speaking with the Denver Post, Carmelo tried to sort of clarify what he meant. And elaborated -- rather candidly too -- what his mindset has been through all of this and why he hasn't signed an extension to stay in Denver.
  “I got to feel like I have a chance of reaching my ultimate goal of a championship. Going to a bigger market is cool, but if I feel like I have a chance of winning a championship here in Denver in the next five years, then I’d sign the extension ...

“It’s just uncertainty in the future of the (Nuggets) organization,” said Anthony, who is currently second in the Western Conference All-Star voting for forwards. “A lot of things come in to play – contracts and not knowing what’s going to happen in the future. I’m going into my ninth season. I don’t have time to waste. I want to see the light at the end of the tunnel in my future, and that light is a championship.”
I think we can take Carmelo at his word there. I absolutely believe he wants to win a championship first and foremost. But he also wants to win it where he wants. If really his only goal was to win a championship and it didn't matter where , he'd be looking somewhere other than New York or New Jersey, two teams that still need some help before they're in contending form. Heck, Denver probably has better championship potential than those two places right now.

Melo was asked about the possibility of Chauncey Billups accompanying him wherever he's traded.
“Having Chauncey would help my chances (in winning a championship),” Melo said. “… Me and Chauncey, we talk about bringing a championship (to Denver). I don’t just go out there to just play basketball, just to do it. Winning is on my mind. I want to see that parade go down Colfax and Speer. That was my dream. If I feel like I can’t do that here, then I don’t think this is the right thing to do.”
Interesting choice of words there. That WAS my dream. Not that IS my dream. Maybe there's something to read into there, maybe not.
“We’ve had multiple division titles, went to the Western conference Finals, never missed a playoffs – there’s been a lot of success. People live in the now, though. …

“My ultimate goal at the end of the day is to win a championship – whether I feel I can do that here or go somewhere else. At the end of the day, you have to make that decision of what’s best for you and your career. Right now, whatever decision I make will be what’s best for me. … Still, I have a chance to win a championship and make less money, I don’t have a problem with that.”

It really is the new way of thinking for NBA stars. Instead of building that championship team around you, it's easier to go out and find it. To go out and chase down a roster where it can happen NOW, not later.

And you know what? There's nothing wrong with it. People are going to blame Carmelo for being selfish and a jerk and for pulling a LeBron here, but he's right about something. This is his career. This is his life. He gets to do what he wants. He gets to make these decisions. Fans live on emotion and have the right to get mad at players when they don't live up to expectation or do what they want, but the players have every right to make their choices too.

It's very possible that tonight's game could be Carmelo's last in Denver. The Nuggets play the Cavs tonight, then travel to San Antonio Sunday and aren't back home until Wednesday against Oklahoma City. By then, Carmelo will still be chasing that championship. It just might be in another uniform.

Posted on: January 11, 2011 7:18 pm

All this Melodrama is holding up other deals

Posted by Royce Young

All the hemming and hawing between Denver and all involved parties over a potential Carmelo Anthony trade is holding up other deals, according to Fanhouse.

Mentioned in the report is that the Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers would get together on a second trade if Carmelo is sent to the Nets. The deal would involve Devin Harris being sent to the Blazers for Nicolas Batum and Andre Miller. This isn't the first Batum rumor out there and from all indications, Portland is extremely against moving Batum. Miller on the other hand is someone that's likely available to any and all.

But with 15, 16, 17 and maybe even 18 players mentioned in the rumored three-way trade sending Anthony to New Jersey, a lot of other things and being hung up because of all the pieces involved. No telling what those deals might be, but evidently other teams are waiting to see how this pans out before they grab their phones.

It is a little funny how so many players are potentially set to be uprooted because of Carmelo's situation. With potentially 18 players getting flipped -- not to mention the draft picks -- it's understandable how other general managers might not know what to do right now. It's understandable for other GMs to wait and see who ends up where and if that player is actually a long term piece in that new place.

And it's not only players that are having their future held by the Nuggets dealing with Anthony. George Karl's contract extension has reportedly been delayed as well because of the Carmelo stuff. Karl has indicated he wants to stay in Denver as long as possible and the Nuggets appear to want to keep him. It's just that with all the uncertainty, I guess the Nuggets want to get things settled first.

On top of that, all of this is surely having an effect on the actual players still playing in Denver. Every day they have to come to practice or shootaround with media members armed and ready to fire away with trade related questions. I'm sure Chauncey Billups isn't excited to talk about a potential trade right now.

So with all of this hinging on trading Carmelo Anthony, it just seems like the Nuggets will start to get a little more proactive. They've already dragged this thing along for this long, so obviously they aren't in any kind of rush. Even if that means that a good portion of the league has to sit on its hands waiting to see what happens.

Posted on: January 11, 2011 8:10 am
Edited on: January 11, 2011 12:27 pm

The Shootaround: Heat haven't shown greatness?

Miami's coach says the Heat haven't yet shown greatness, Scottie Pippen has Dennis Rodman's back, Nate Robinson shares his thoughts on this year's dunk contest, Chauncey Billups really was sick, the latest on the Carmelo Anthony trade talks, and much more. Posted by Ben Golliver.  shootaround
  • Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra says in an interview transcribed by SportsRadioInterviews.com that he has not yet seen greatness from his team. "We have proven that we can be great, we can be great on the defensive end of the floor, but we have not shown greatness yet. We do not do it on a possession or every single minute of the game mentality yet. We’re moving in that direction and I think our guys understand that this isn’t where we want to stop. To play really at the elite level, and we’re talking seven game series, we need to be more consistent with that and that’s what we’re striving for and working for every single day.”
  • Boston Celtics guard, and Slam Dunk contest champion, Nate Robinson says the NBA wants Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin to win this year's contest. The Boston Globe quotes Robinson: “It’s time to basically let Blake Griffin win, because that’s what they want. Hopefully the young fella can go on and get it done.’’
  • Former Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen is campaigning for his former teammate, Dennis Rodman, to make the Hall of Fame, notes NBA.com. “We all watched Dennis’ career and we know just how good he was as a basketball player,” Pippen said. “I think we all got caught up in his antics, and things he did away from the game, and it sort of disrespected or took attention away from what he did on the basketball court. But he is surely a Hall of Famer.”
  • Yesterday, we noted that there was some speculation regarding Denver Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups' absence from practice due to illness, and ongoing trade talks between the Nuggets, New Jersey Nets and Detroit Pistons. Billups' agent, Andy Miller, tells Yahoo! Sports not to read into it. “He’s really sick,” Miller said. “He has a headache and was feeling under the weather. There is no correlation with regard to the rumors and speculation regarding a trade scenario. Chauncey’s professionalism should never be in question in regards to his responsibilities as a professional athlete.”
  • Here's the up-to-the-minute latest on Carmelo Anthony trade talks, which includes discussion of Houston's potential involvement and Denver's reported unhappiness with the public nature of the negotiations. "The teams haven't stopped talking, but the Nuggets are trying to show people that they aren't going to be rushed into anything," adds ESPN.com.
  • Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn lets the Associated Press know that no trades are imminent for his team and that patience continues to be a virtue. "As painful as this is, there was no way to do this with a quick fix and put the team into a position to dramatically rise overnight," Kahn said after practice. "It is really painful to work your way through this process. I'm actually encouraged that maybe it won't be as painful for as long as I once worried it would be."
  • The Utah Jazz are considering changing their starting lineup to fix some slow starts. The Salt Lake Tribune writes that point guard Deron Williams wouldn't comment on any specific changes, other than to say he wants to pick up the pace. “I want to run more, that’s all I can say,” Williams said.
  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant says his knee "feels good," but he's back to sitting out of Lakers' practices after a short stretch of participating over the holidays, according to the L.A. Times. "It feels good," Bryant said after practice Monday at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo. I'm not going to answer questions about my knee every damn day. I said what I had to say. My knee feels fine. The key is to make it stay fine."
  • Toronto Raptors sophomore wing DeMar DeRozan tells TheScore.com he's not hitting the rookie wall this season. “I think around this time last year, I was so banged up,” DeRozan reflected. “I think I hit the rookie wall or something like that. I remember just being tired, being banged up and I wasn’t playing as many minutes as I am now. Just being able to get stronger in the offseason, being able to take the physicality of going inside with the big guys.”
  • DimeMag.com has an interview with Greg Minor, Antoine Walker's former Boston Celtics teammate. Minor touches on Walker's current D-League stint.
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