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Sunday, September 24 NBA Rumors
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NBA rumors Carmelo Anthony will be off of the Knicks' roster by Monday. Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott are headed to New York. Now that the Anthony trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder has finally been agreed to, let's take a look at what it means for the Knicks going

There's no question the Knicks are Kristaps Porzingis' team going forward. With Anthony out of the picture, Porzingis should see an increase in field goal attempts (14.9 in 32.8 minutes per game in 2016-17) and usage rate (24.3 percent in 2016-17) in the upcoming season.

The Knicks actually were more effective when Porzingis played without either Anthony or Derrick Rose, who now is with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Per ESPN Stats & Information data, New York was more than five points better when Porzingis played without Rose and Anthony than when all three were on the floor (a plus-1.2 net rating without Anthony and Rose; minus-4.3 net rating with them).

The Knicks had hoped to get a first-round pick in any package for Anthony, but completing a deal before training camp clearly became a priority. Could New York have received a better return for Anthony if it had waited until mid-December, when free-agent signees can be traded? Maybe.

NBA rumors Knicks: Two additional 25-year-olds are in the developmental bank, 6-foot-11 center Enes Kanter and 6-8 small forward Doug McDermott. Neither has reached his potential, but both appear worth looking at for at least one year while not damaging the Knicks’ long-term salary cap. NY Post

McDermott’s rookie contract expires after the season and he becomes a restricted free agent, while Kanter has an opt-out. Kanter only showed glimpses of brilliance as Steve Adams’ backup with the Thunder, but if he demonstrates consistency, he may opt out, leaving the Knicks with substantial cap space in 2018. NY Post

For the Knicks, however, Anthony is in the rearview mirror and they can devote full attention to the seven young players — starting with Kristaps Porzingis, who is taking over as the No. 1 option. Porzingis learned from Anthony, his mentor, but even he realizes it probably was time for him to seize control of the team on offense. Instantly, his increased role should improve his uneasy relationship with the coaching staff, led by head coach Jeff Hornacek and assistant Kurt Rambis. NY Post

NBA rumors The Phoenix Suns have acquired guard Troy Daniels and a 2018 second-round pick from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for a conditional Suns’ 2018 second-round pick. Daniels, a 6-4, 205-pound guard, is a four-year NBA veteran who has played 162 games with Houston, Minnesota, Charlotte and, most recently, Memphis. Inside Hoops

The Phoenix Suns have signed forward Anthony Bennett and forward/guard Peter Jok (pronounced JOCK). Until we hear otherwise, we will assume the deals are non-guaranteed training camp contracts. Bennett, a 6-8, 235-pound forward, is a four-year NBA veteran who was the first overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft. Inside Hoops

Team statement by the Warriors: "While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited. We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. We’re disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise." Inside Hoops

Late-night comics are debating health care policy with senators. LeBron James is tweeting at the president, "U bum." NFL owners are issuing statements decrying the president's tweets on the peaceful protest their players have engaged in to call attention to racism and police brutality. The NFL Players Association is making videos urging its players to stand together on Sunday to protest the president's condemnations, with imagery from civil rights era protest marches.

Then, President Trump ended all debate by disinviting the team over Twitter and criticizing Curry's public comments at media day Friday. It was a stunning end to what had been a long process among the team, the league, its players and several senior White House officials. "Surreal," Curry said. "Insane," Kerr said.

After a speech in Alabama urging NFL owners on Friday to fire any “son of a bitch” who dared to protest peacefully to shine a light on injustices, Trump woke up Saturday and turned his Twitter ire upon Stephen Curry and the Warriors, conceivably the most wholesome representatives of American sports. “That’s not what leaders do,” Curry said after practice Saturday. “We know we’re in a fight,” Warriors center David West said. “And we’re going to continue to fight for our right to be human beings.” CSN Philly

Ex-Lakers player Jordan Hill is getting called out by one of the most famous booty models on the 'Gram -- with Ghetto Barbie claiming Hill tried to fly her out to smash, but she burned him good instead. Here's the deal ... Ghetto Barbie and 'Love and Hip Hop' star Jhonni Blaze appeared on "Raq Rants" where they talked about some of their NBA crushes. TMZ


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