The Knicks‘ biggest offseason acquisition could be headed to the pine. Andrea Bargnani has been struggling as of late and coach Mike Woodson won’t rule out the possibility of moving him to the bench, writes ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian Begley. Putting Bargnani on the bench would allow Carmelo Anthony to play power forward. “That’s a possibility,” Woodson said before tipoff on Friday. “I know we were great last year with Melo at [power forward] and Melo hasn’t had an opportunity to play a lot of four this year based on, you know, Bargnani, and having Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire. You’ll probably see more four now that those guys are out. Bargnani could possibly come off and back up Tyson at the center spot.” More out of the Altantic..
- Joel Anthony has an opportunity to start fresh with the Celtics, writes Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald. As a seven-year, two-championship ring veteran of the Heat, there’s going to be a certain amount of separation remorse, but he also understands that all good things must end.
- Iman Shumpert has been the subject of trade rumors for months, but the Knicks guard says that he hasn’t lost confidence over it, Begley writes.
- Prized offseason acquisition Kevin Garnett is more than OK with limited minutes, writes Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.