Atlantic Notes: Knicks, Celtics, Love

Carmelo Anthony wants a championship in New York, but he’s realistic about the Knicks‘ chances of making something major happen between now and the trade deadline.  “I don’t know man, I don’t know who’s tradeable, who’s on the block. Not many people that I think can come right now in February and change our whole season around. This is a difficult time,” Melo said.  More out of the Atlantic..

  • Not everyone on the Knicks is earning their keep, but Ian Begley of highlights three players that are, including mid-season pickup Jeremy Tyler.  Tyler’s averaging 16.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per 36 minutes and hitting 55.6 percent of his field goals – solid numbers for a guy making $560K.  Of course, this is all in a relatively small sample size of 174 total minutes.
  • Is Boston still a free agent destination?  Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe asked several prominent NBA players at the All-Star break about how’d they’d feel about (hypothetically) playing for the Celtics and he got back some positive responses.  Washburn writes that the last major free agent to come to Boston might have been Xavier McDaniel back in 1992.
  • Count Kevin Love, a free agent in 2015, amongst those who believe that the Celtics are still a draw for free agents, tweets Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe.  “Boston is a great city. I’m sure free agents would love to go there, especially with [Brad Stevens] as a coach,” said the All-Star.

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