Central Notes: Thompson, Cavaliers, LaVine, Collins, Pistons

Before the Knicks traded Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder, the Cavaliers were another potential suitor for his services. New York wanted Cleveland center Tristan Thompson in a deal for Anthony but the Cavaliers rejected that offer, according to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.

The Knicks wanted cost-friendly, young, and productive assets in exchange for Anthony. Thompson, 26, is under contract for three seasons but will make a hefty salary, starting with $16.4MM in 2017/18. Vardon reports that Cleveland was willing to part with other sizeable contracts on the roster — primarily Iman Shumpert and his $11MM salary — but no deal was reached.

New York still acquired a young, controllable center for Anthony as Enes Kanter came to New York in the deal. Kanter will take in nearly $20.6MM this upcoming season and holds an $18.6MM player option for 2018/19.

Read more news from the Central Division:

  • In his latest mailbag, Vardon answered several questions about the Cavaliers ahead of training camp. Vardon believes it is possible that the team trades Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick (acquired in the Kyrie Irving trade) for an elite talent.
  • Zach LaVine, who was acquired from the Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler deal, is coming off a serious injury as he prepares for his first season in Chicago. However, former Bulls head coach and current Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau feels that LaVine, still just 22 years old, has tremendous upside, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times writes.
  • During a recent podcast, Cowley spoke about what the hiring of Doug Collins as a senior adviser for the Bulls means for the team.
  • NBA.com’s Sam Smith previews the Bulls’ 2017/18 season by examining how the team’s mostly young core will develop.
  • NBA.com’s Keith Langlois looks at several storylines entering the Pistons‘ season. Among those storylines include Avery Bradley adjusting to Detroit, Luke Kennard‘s first impressions, and Reggie Jackson returning to form.
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7 thoughts on “Central Notes: Thompson, Cavaliers, LaVine, Collins, Pistons

  1. Philly Fan

    Milwaukee was said to be a potential team which would’ve helped facilitate a Melo to HOU deal. In that case:

    HOU: Melo
    MIL: Anderson, Jaramaz
    NYK: Chandler, Teletovic, 2020 HOU 1st, 2018 MIL 1st
    PHX: Henson, Vaughn

    Who do you think would’ve declined this trade?

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    • Philly Fan

      I have the Knicks taking Chandler instead of Henson because in two years, both Chandler and Teletovic’s contracts will expire. This opens up plenty of cap space by the time New York is ready to spend it

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      • Philly Fan

        He’s a draft and stash throw in from NY. I don’t have the Bucks taking anything else because they would’ve dipped below luxury tax without giving up any expiring contracts. This means that next year they would’ve had ample cap room to resign Parker while avoiding tax territory since Monroe and Hawes would be off the books. However, now after simply stretching Hawes, an extension for Jabari will have MIL paying the tax next year

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  2. nikumistry

    Kanter will take in 20.56 million this year because of the 15% trade kicker.

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  3. formerlyz

    I’m surprised Cleveland didn’t take that that, if that’s what it was. I thought the Knicks wouldn’t want thompson. Lack of potential replacement bigs available at this point could have contributed to that

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  4. Cleveland may regret not pursuing Melo with more force. Not sure why the Knicks would insist on TT, a limited player who’s given uneven effort over his entire career, even with a championship level team (who knows how that translates to the Knicks situation). Two 1st round picks (their own this year, and a protected 2020) would do it for me, even if the Knicks take back garbage (Shumpert, Frye and Jefferson). I’m OK with the deal they made though.

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