Marc Berman: Like Thunder: Sources say #Knicks will announce Monday they have finally move Melo in gaining young assets
Frank Urbina: For Knicks fans: Per @NBA Math's play-type profiles, Enes Kanter added the 4th-most value on post-ups in 2016-17.
Maybe he had no idea or maybe he was just having some fun with the whole thing, but as news - including from USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick - surfaced that Enes Kanter is heading to the Knicks he took to Periscope - and encouraged all of the kids at an event for his foundation to say 'hi' to the camera. "We're just here with the kids, just hanging out at OKC," he said. "Just playing some basketball, just doing some charity work."
David Aldridge: Source confirms @Carmelo Anthony trade to Thunder for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and 2018 pick (originally Chicago's). @Adrian Wojnarowski first.
Katz: Now, I’ll ask you the question that you already asked for me. What do you think of the trade talk surrounding you? Kanter: I see trade rumors all the time, especially about me. The year I got traded to OKC, I played that year and then after every year, I heard the rumors. 'Enes Kanter is getting traded. Enes Kanter is getting traded.' I can’t say enough how much I love the fans [in Oklahoma City], how much I love the organization, all the people there. I see them like family. I really see them like my family. But if it happens, it happens. I can’t do nothing about it, because it’s not in my hands.
Katz: Did you have that same mentality when you were in Utah and you actually got traded? Do you feel like you’ve matured more? Kanter: Yeah, of course. If I ever get traded, I can’t say enough how much I appreciate this organization. They’re amazing. Katz: So, what were you like in Utah, then? How have you changed as a person? Kanter: I changed. Of course, you cannot compare OKC to Utah. There is a huge difference, but I changed, too. If you see something bad, you don’t say it to media. You have to keep it to yourself. You don’t have to say it loud. You just have to be mature about it, because those fans are paying your bills, and they love you.
It’s an interesting time for Kanter to become an international story, considering he’s quite likely on the trading block for the Thunder. We wrote about Kanter’s status for the Wednesday Oklahoman, which you can read here. Does Kanter’s contentious relationship with Turkey hurt his trade value? How could it not? We’ve already established that Kanter’s value has been diminished by the type of play. Low-post players with limited versatility are not in demand the way they once were. A player like Kanter still can help a team – he still helps the Thunder a bunch – but his value is less than in previous forms of NBA play.
So there are potential trade partners for Kanter. However, you add in the political developments, and franchises will give pause. Do they want to take on the potential problem of a player who doesn’t even have a passport? Do they want to add a player who is the arch-enemy of a major international nation? What does that even mean? No one knows. Which hurts his trade value. You absolutely know what you’re getting with Enes Kanter the basketball player. Heck, you know what you’re getting with Enes Kanter the person. A friendly guy – friendliest player in Thunder history, I’d say – and a loyal teammate.
So of course the roster will undergo changes — big changes, if Presti has his way. Kanter absolutely is on the trading block, not because the Thunder has grown disenchanted with Enes the Menace, but because he's got some value (remember, 33.1 points per 100 possessions played) and OKC is overstocked on big men. The Thunder absolutely is in the market for a backup point guard. And literally every team in the league covets versatile wings.
Marc Stein: OKC, meanwhile, continues to probe the league for potential trade partners to take on Enes Kanter to free up money for a run at Al Horford. Don't forget on Kanter: Has veto power over any trade until July 12 after OKC matched his Portland offer sheet AND a 15-percent trade kicker
December 8, 2022 | 8:51 pm EST Update
Tom Orsborn: Pop attributes Spurs’ struggles to their injuries. “We have to have all our bodies. It’s tough on these guys. The way the team is right now, and having to compete at this level, if three or four or five of them are out, it’s really a difficult task for them.”
Sean Highkin: Chauncey Billups: “I woke up this morning with a big smile on my face at the news that Brittney Griner is coming home. … I mainly want to give a shoutout to the WNBA. They didn’t let a day go by without screaming ‘Free BG.’”
Duane Rankin: “I woke up this morning and I got a text from my mother. She was happy and I didn’t even know what was going on.” Monty Williams on how he found out the news about Brittney Griner. “To have her on her way back is so cool and it put a smile on everybody’s face.” #Suns #FreeBG pic.twitter.com/t4JsgyiLNA
Kylen Mills: The Warriors said in a statement to @SFGate that they did their due diligence with the NBA in signing Anthony Lamb, because he is not a defendant in the civil lawsuit and was never charged they’ve indicated no plans of action unless new info comes to light. pic.twitter.com/xe3r841QDQ
Bay Area News Group does not typically name victims of sexual violence. The woman, Kendall Ware, came forward by name as a plaintiff in the civil case and has spoken extensively about the incident, though this is the first time she is directly naming Lamb as her alleged assailant. The university, its board of trustees and several officials in the Title IX office and athletic department are defendants in the filing, which seeks compensatory damages of an unspecified amount.
Ware, a former swimmer at Vermont who had a previous relationship with Lamb, says in the suit that Lamb raped her in the fall of 2019. When Ware reported the incident to the university’s Title IX office, the suit says that school officials improperly contacted the athletic department after she made the allegation. The lawsuit claims the athletic department staffers reached out directly to Ware and misled her in an attempt to prevent a formal process from occurring, instead going to an “informal restitution” process that would allow Lamb, the star player on the men’s basketball team at the time, to “escape any meaningful consequences for his actions.”