With the March 15 trade deadline approaching, we’ll bring you the latest news and rumors of potential moves each day. Here’s what’s happening today …
Marc Berman, New York Post: Carmelo Anthony’s discontent with the Knicks organization became so severe after Monday night’s loss to the Bulls, he told a confidant he preferred to be traded before Thursday’s trade deadline, The Post has learned. According to a person familiar with his thinking, Anthony’s disillusionment stems most from a belief coach Mike D’Antoni and interim GM Glen Grunwald do not trust him. He is surprised that after all the Knicks gave up to trade for him, he has not been asked for more input on personnel decisions, as Deron Williams has with the Nets. However, Tuesday night, a source said Anthony and D’Antoni spoke in an attempt to reconcile their differences and made headway. On Monday night, Anthony only wanted to remain a Knick if he had assurances D’Antoni wouldn’t be back next season. However, Anthony will not make a formal trade request.
Associated Press: Carmelo Anthony says he doesn’t want to be traded, denying a report that he would welcome an exit from New York. Anthony also denies there is a rift with coach Mike D’Antoni. … Anthony calls the report “nonsense,” adding that he’s faced adversity throughout his career and “I’ve never ran from it and I’m not about to pick today to start running from it.”
Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: At one point on Tuesday night, the NBA’s official online store was selling Dwight Howard t-shirts — with the New Jersey Nets. Astute shoppers quickly got a photo of the page out on Twitter but eventually the link to the shirts went dead.
Dwight said he's informed Magic he wants to stay for rest of season. Said they now must "roll the dice."—
Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) March 14, 2012
Should be clear by now Dwight wants to finish season in ORL so he can opt out in July and head straight to Brooklyn w/out Nets being gutted—
Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) March 14, 2012
Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times: [Neil] Olshey is making and taking phone calls from other general managers. But his mantra to Clippers fans is: “Your help is coming from the inside.” Translation: Don’t expect the Clippers to make a trade before the deadline. “[We] would love to add a piece right now [because] Chris Paul’s goal of coming here was to win a championship,” Olshey said Tuesday. “[But] unless the move you make today leads you in that direction — you can’t sacrifice the ability to build a championship-level organization by giving up your assets to go get a guy that’s going to make you incrementally better this year instead of looking to improve from within.”
K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune: The Bulls and Lakers had exploratory trade talks centered on All-Star center Pau Gasol, league sources confirmed. However, multiple obstacles exist for any deal to occur before Thursday’s 2 p.m. deadline. … Sending Carlos Boozer and C.J. Watson to the Lakers would satisfy trade provisions under the collective bargaining agreement. However, the Lakers, who are seeking an upgrade at point guard, have zero interest in adding the remaining three years and $47.1 million remaining on Boozer’s contract. A habitual luxury tax team, they are wary of the more prohibitive penalties under the new collective bargaining agreement, which toughen in 2013-14. Thus, a third team would need to be engaged and sources said the Bulls have not found one.
The Dallas Morning News: There is one shopping day left in the NBA trading season and Mark Cuban is insistent that the Mavericks will be non-players in the market. His reasoning is simple: it makes no sense. … “We’re not going to bring in somebody just to bring somebody, because that does us no good,” Cuban said. “You don’t have practice time to integrate somebody. We don’t have enough practice time to integrate the guys we have. So unless somebody just throws a gimme at me, why would we [make a trade]?” He said perceptions that the Mavericks are forsaking this season for potential free-agent riches this summer are off base.
Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun: The Raptors have been fielding calls all year but have not been particularly aggressive on the trade front. The plan remains to keep all options open for next season, which means not taking on any more salary extending past this season. “No. I don’t sense anything happening, especially anything that’s going to affect our flexibility, cap flexibility next season, us going into free agency,” [Dwane] Casey said when queried whether he is expecting any action at Thursday’s trade deadline.
Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports: For the Orlando Magic, who had hoped to acquire [Monta] Ellis to bolster the supporting cast surrounding All-Star center Dwight Howard, the trade could turn out to be a blow in their hopes of keeping Howard.