Talks between the Knicks and Nuggets on a potential Iman Shumpert/Kenneth Faried swap “were never alive,” a source tells Marc Berman of the New York Post, who terms the conversations New York is having with other teams about Shumpert as merely preliminary. The Nuggets would have wanted a first-round pick from the Knicks, but the earliest first-rounder New York can convey is for 2018, Berman notes. Here’s more on Shumpert, the Knicks and their Atlantic Division rivals:
- The Knicks‘ ample depth at shooting guard and the team’s concern over how Shumpert would react to being benched are among the reasons the Knicks appear willing to trade the 23-year-old, as Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com details.
- A family matter has forced former Celtics swingman Terrence Williams to leave Turk Telekom Ankara after he played just two games with the Turkish team, agent Obrad Fimic tweets (hat tip to Sportando’s Emiliano Carchia).
- Jason Terry says the Nets are in “desperation” mode after a loss to the Kings last night dropped them to 2-5, observes Sam Amick of USA Today.
- The Spurs regarded James Anderson as a scorer when they drafted him 24th overall in 2010, former San Antonio assistant and current Sixers head coach Brett Brown says. Anderson’s career-high 36 points last night highlight why Brown thinks the Sixers picked up Anderson at the just the right time in the swingman’s career, as Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News examines.