Knicks president Phil Jackson has made it clear that his preference is to move Carmelo Anthony to another team this offseason, but if it were up to Lance Thomas, Anthony would be staying in New York. As Marc Berman of The New York Post writes, Thomas called Carmelo one of his “best friends” and a great teammate.
“I love him here,” Thomas said. “I love him as a teammate, love him as a competitor, love him as a person. Everything else is out of my control, but his approach has always been great. He’s an amazing professional. I’m not going to comment on what’s happening with him and the [Knicks] and trade rumors. I just know I love him as a teammate. I want it to work out.”
Here’s more from around the Atlantic division:
- Although the Sixers head into this summer with plenty of cap flexibility, they shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that they’ll need to account for big raises for their young players on rookie contracts in the not-too-distant future, writes David Murphy of The Philadelphia Daily News. Joel Embiid will be the first youngster in line for a big payday, as he becomes extension-eligible for the first time this offseason.
- Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka will see their contracts expire this summer, but they’re not the only Raptors with uncertain futures, as Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post outlines. In his end-of-season post-mortem on the Raps, Bontemps wonders if players like Jonas Valanciunas and DeMarre Carroll will be on the move in trades anytime soon.
- UCLA’s T.J. Leaf and GW’s Tyler Cavanaugh worked out for the Raptors on Thursday, according to Blake Murphy of Raptors Republic (Twitter link). Leaf is considered this year’s 26th-best prospect by DraftExpress, meaning he could be on the board when Toronto picks at No. 23.