New York Rumors
But money isn’t the only thing driving the formerly hefty Knicks power forward in this wild, new 18-and-over pickup event called: “The Basketball Tournament.’’ Regaining his health and happiness is foremost. Sweetney told The Post his NBA career was derailed because of a long and undiagnosed bout with clinical depression, causing him to eat too much and not take care of his body.
The 32-year-old only recently got professional help when he received the diagnosis. His weight still is at 320 pounds and he will wear a size 5XL jersey when he mans the post Saturday for the Baltimore-based “City of Gods’’
Wilson Chandler’s contract extension could be just the beginning for the Nuggets. If they have their way, they’d like to open talks on an extension for Danilo Gallinari as well, according to a league source. Gallinari is heading into the final year of his contract, which is scheduled to pay him $11.5 million. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent next summer. Gallinari always has been viewed as an important piece of the Nuggets re-tooling — now rebuilding — effort, ever since he was traded to Denver from New York in 2011 in the Carmelo Anthony deal.
Jordan also has recently gotten a call from New York forward Carmelo Anthony, the officials said. Anthony wanted Jordan to know the Knicks want his services too. He has been hanging out with Dallas forward Chandler Parsons in Houston, the officials said. The conversations have been about Jordan joining the Mavericks, who are viewed as having the strongest chance of luring him away from the Clippers.
But the 76ers are expected to pick Russell third overall in the draft Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Los Angeles Lakers could snatch him up at No. 2. And there’s a chance he could slip to fourth to the New York Knicks. The interest of those teams was obvious during a predraft media availability Wednesday at a Manhattan hotel. Media members were crowded around Russell’s podium 10 minutes before he was scheduled to speak. And it stayed that way throughout his 30-minute news conference. “I was actually in my room before I came down here, just sitting on my bed for like 10 minutes,” he said, “just thinking, soaking it all in, thanking God.