“[When I was first traded to Denver], I didn’t know if I wanted to come here,” he admitted. “I wanted to stay on the East Coast with my family. I had conversations with the GM, my agent, but also with my wife. I was like ‘I don’t want to go.’ I’ve never been in that situation. You don’t know what you’re going to do until you’re in that situation. I gave myself about 10 minutes to think by myself and I’m like, ‘Well, there’s no reason for me not to go. I’m a professional. This is my job, and they’re giving me an opportunity to play.’
And when he arrived in Denver last season following trades from Dallas and Boston, he entered a fractured locker room playing for a coaching staff that was on its way out. It would have been very easy to just check out, collect the checks, and get through the year. But Nelson didn’t do that. Instead, he invited his new teammates and coaches to his home in Philadelphia to try to mend fences and get the team back on the same page. His mom even cooked for them. “When I got here, I could see some kind of disconnection,” Nelson says. “Was it basketball, was it outside of basketball, I don’t know, I wasn’t here long enough to see that. Who am I to judge? But me being who I am, a leader, to try and help other people out, I felt we all needed to get together and do some things, laugh and joke outside of basketball. “When you’re on the court, it’s business. It should be. I just felt like it was a thing where we were going back to Philly, and I just happen to have a house there, and my mom can cook pretty well. So I just had everybody come over.”
No way even guessing that, although I gather the Pistons are monitoring the Markieff Morris situation in Phoenix. There is interest there.
Goran would have preferred having his brother around, but was realistic about the team’s perspective and Zoran’s viability in the NBA. Zoran logged 75 minutes in his first year in the league. “I was sad, of course,” Goran said of the trade. “I know how much he wants to be part of a team in the NBA, but I understand this is a business. That’s a better situation for him right now. He’s gonna get playing time. He signed a good deal in Russia. He’s happy. That’s a good thing.
Ian Begley: Carmelo Anthony says “hell no” when asked if he thinks he’d get to a point where he’d ask for a trade this year. “I already came this far.”
Sources around the league say Channing Frye is available now for very little, though Magic officials deny it. Other names will hit the market, but while the salary of someone like Kenneth Faried doesn’t quite fit the exception, how much would Denver really demand to dump J.J. Hickson into it?
What do you think prompted the Rubio trade rumors? Do you think other teams called to see if he might be available, or was it something prompted on the TWolves side to gauge interest? Jerry Zgoda: My hunch is most of that is driven by his agent and uninformed media people. Certainly, they’d trade him if they can upgrade there and get more of a scoring point guard but they’re not trading him to make room for Andre and Tyus. That’s complete, utter nonsense