By Arjun Karthikeyan,
With free agency decisions looming around the corner, the potential for drastic changes still remains. Arguably the most intriguing player in free agency besides Lebron James is Carmelo Anthony. One of the top scorers in the league, at 30 years of age, Carmelo is looking to make that final push towards getting the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy. There are a handful of teams out there with the desire to land Carmelo Anthony this summer. This article will take a deeper look into what each team vying for Carmelo Anthony has to offer the All-Star forward.
By Matthew Pertz,
First off, I’d like to say that I’ve enjoyed watching your NBA career. You went from Skinny Melo in Denver who could score from anywhere within half-court to Buff Melo who was an all-around post machine in Madison Square Garden. You seem like a nice guy (as you’re friends with both Kobe and Lebron, a feat equally as difficult as scoring 62 points without turning the ball over), but you also have a competitive streak that comes through in the biggest moments. One of my favorite memories of watching you play was on Easter Sunday two years ago, when you drained two treys from the exact same spot to defeat the Chicago Bulls in a must-win matchup for your Knicks. So as a semi-sincere fan, I must tell you with upmost honesty: you are confusing the heck out of everybody.
By Sagar Patel,
As usual, the NBA Draft provided another year of surprises. The presumed number one overall prospect in Joell Embiid fell to 3. Arizona freshman Aaron Gordon catapulted his way to the number 4 overall pick to Orlando. There is no way to know how good these player will be off the bat. Here are the 5 best picks of the first round based on talent over exceeding the spot they were taken in. (more…)
By Amos Leak,
As the summer continues on, there are some dreams that still need to be fulfilled for a lot of hopeful NBA Players. There are many different current NBA Players that are playing this summer and looking to expand on their minutes for the season. Then there are the guys who could make a team with some consistent play. In the summer time, you have the Orlando League which consists of 10 teams, which starts July 5th through the 11th. (more…)
By Michael Almonte,
The NBA Free Agency party has begun and there have big some big moves already to begin the month of July. The Milwaukee Bucks hired Jason Kidd as coach Tuesday after completing a deal with the Brooklyn Nets. The Bucks sent the Nets two second-round picks (one in 2015 and another in ’19) for Kidd, who went 44-38 in his only season as Brooklyn coach and led them to the playoffs. Milwaukee fired Larry Drew on Monday after reaching the deal for Kidd. Drew went 15-67 last year with the Bucks and they had the worst record in the league in his only season with the Bucks. (more…)
By Matthew Pertz, Now that the draft has concluded (and my mock draft http://roundballdirect.com/2014/06/22/less-than-one-week-left-mock-draft/ has been thoroughly obliterated), the offseason has begun. However, NBA rosters are far from set, as trading and free agency have just started, and that means that the strangest and most intriguing part of the year has arrived. To commence this column, let’s look at the most influential trade that is likely to happen before October.
By Chris Ramirez,
The Brooklyn Nets have allowed their Head Coach Jason Kidd to talk to the Milwaukee Bucks about possibly moving into their front office. According to the New York Post, Kidd approached Nets ownership with a series of demands, including overseeing the Nets’ Basketball Operations Department. The ownership group denied Kidd’s “power play” and then granted him permission to talk to the Bucks.
By Sagar Patel,
The NBA offseason is used to morph NBA rosters for the better. It could be that team that struggled and is looking for reset and is looking to start over. On the other hand other teams are looking to add the next impact player to help their team. With big name players like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony , the pool of free agency is pretty deep. There are many players out there that are looking to help a team, but may not have a well known name. Here are the unrestricted free agents that will be the best bargains in Free Agency this year: (more…)
By Gabe Isaacson,
The Sacramento Kings, a team muddled in struggles with culture and chemistry, have a talented core but have been unable to breakthrough in the loaded Western Conference. With Rudy Gay opting into the last year of his deal and DeMarcus Cousins’s extension kicking in, they are not flush with excess cap space. With many bad deals on the books, they would love to look for a deal to use their few assets to reallocate those dollars onto a worthy star. With the emerging Isaiah Thomas likely to leave via free agency, the Kings most likely would be in pursuit of a point guard.
By Gabe Isaacson,
The Atlanta Hawks almost upset the #1 seed Indiana Pacers by attempting a record number of three-point shots. The San Antonio Spurs rode elite three-point shooting to a fifth NBA title in fifteen years. The number of three-point attempts, league-wide, has reached new all-time highs each of the last three seasons. The league rewards strong three-point shooting, on both a team and individual level, more than potentially any other skill.