September 23, 2017, 10:13 am
Per Adrian Wojnarowski, The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and Chicago’s 2018 second round pick to the New York Knicks for Carmelo Anthony.
The Knicks’ options were limited so they probably got the most they could have and the pick may be as high as 31. Kanter is a little expensive and still has a player option for $18.6 million next season but he is still more productive, cheaper and younger than Ryan Anderson. Kanter finished in the top-130 in standard leagues in only 21.3 minutes per game. He should see at least 25 on the Knicks. This hurts Willy Hernangomez’s value slightly. Doug McDermott has not lived up to expectations so far in the NBA but he is only 25 and could finish in the top five in scoring on the Knicks. Kristaps Porzingis is now the clear-cut number one option with Tim Hardaway the number two. Michael Beasley may be worth a late round flier for his scoring although his lack of peripheral stats hurt his upside.
The Thunder are all-in as they trot out the lethal trio of Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Russell Westbrook… all of whom are in line to be free agents following this year. Questions will circulate all the way up to the regular season of whether the three ball-dominant players can co-exist together. Westbrook should remain an easy first round pick while Melo’s stock dips as this will be the first time in his career that he is not the number one scoring option on his team. The projected starting lineup for the Thunder is Adams-Melo-George-Roberson-Westbrook with a very thin bench.
The Thunder host the Knicks in the season opener on October 19.
Sam Presti does it again: OKC's Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, Chicago's 2018 2nd to Knicks for Carmelo Anthony, confirmed. ESPN/Vertical 1st
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) September 23, 2017
Enes Kanter has a 15% trade bonus of $2.68M with a now cap hit of $20.56M. He has a player option of $18.6M for 18-19.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) September 23, 2017
Russell Westbrook and Paul George played an immense part in getting Anthony to waive no-trade for OKC, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 23, 2017
Sources: Knicks plan to waive guard Chasson Randle to create roster space for Carmelo Anthony trade.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 23, 2017
October 15, 2019, 11:57 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
In an interview with David Fizdale, the coach mentioned that he would sprinkle in some point guard time for RJ Barrett due to his comfort with the ball in his hands.
Barrett handled the ball plenty at Duke and his 4.3 assists per game show he had some success (though his 3.2 turnovers show he has room for improvement). The Knicks have plenty of rotation players that will handle the ball in Elfrid Payton, Dennis Smith Jr. and Julius Randle, but this year should be all about developing their young players. Barrett should have nice assist numbers for a wing you can draft in the late rounds.
Source: Mike Vorkunov on Twitter
October 15, 2019, 11:44 pmDoug McDermottSF, Indiana Pacers
Doug McDermott sank four treys on his way to 14 points (5-for-10 FGs) in a loss to the Wolves on Tuesday.
McDermott is a 3-point streamer and not much else these days. He provides very little else, especially now that he's likely to get under 20 minutes per game for the second season.
October 15, 2019, 11:37 pmAaron HolidayPG, Indiana Pacers
Aaron Holiday (upper respiratory infection) returned to the court on Tuesday against the Wolves, scoring nine points and dishing out four assists in 17 minutes off the bench.
Fellow point guard T.J. McConnell (10 points and eight assists in 20 minutes tonight) has been soaking up enough of the point-guard minutes, that Holiday's role isn't simply the full-time backup point guard that many fantasy players hoped. Edmond Sumner (upper respiratory infection) also played after previously being listed as questionable. Sumner had 11 points and four assists in 26 minutes off the bench.
October 15, 2019, 11:29 pmGoga BitadzeC, Indiana Pacers
Goga Bitadze (ankle) impressed in his Pacers debut on Tuesday as he went for 14 points (6-for-9 FGs), four rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.
It was a nice way to begin his career in Indy. Bitadze won't likely play this many minutes on a regular basis, but he should get enough minutes to warrant rostering in deep leagues right away. He's in a situation similar to fellow rookie big man Brandon Clarke. Both are currently blocked but have big dynasty value.
October 15, 2019, 11:19 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis double-doubled on Tuesday in a 119-111 loss to the Wolves, putting up 11 points (3-for-7 FGs, 4-for-6 FTs), 13 rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in just 17 minutes.
Sabonis is in line for a slightly bigger role this season, but he's still likely to be a very Enes Kanter-like big man. That is, he'll do everything a traditional center does without the blocks but with good free throw shooting.
October 15, 2019, 11:10 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns dominated on Tuesday with 33 points (13-for-20 FGs, 3-for-4 FTs), 10 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and four threes in a 119-111 win over the Pacers in Indianapolis.
What, no steals? Kidding. This is about all you could ask for from a top-5 fantasy pick. Towns had all of his strengths on display in limited minutes tonight. He should certainly be in consideration for the first pick in drafts.
October 15, 2019, 11:03 pmJarrett CulverG-F, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jarrett Culver came off the bench and dropped 15 points (7-for-14 FGs, 1-for-2 FTs), four rebounds, three assists and one steal on the Pacers in 20 minutes in a win on Tuesday.
Culver's lines are looking respectable already with minutes in the low 20s. The 20-year-old will likely have some growing pains, but he looks like an all-around player to keep an eye on as the season gets underway. Josh Okogie also played 20 minutes off the bench and put up five points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal.
October 15, 2019, 10:57 pmShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier dished out seven assists in addition to nine points (2-for-8 FGs, 3-for-4 FTs), three rebounds, two steals and two triples in 19 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Pacers.
Napier could find himself in a good position should anything happen to Jeff Teague this season. Even as it stands now, there aren't many other trusted ball handlers on the Wolves. Those in deep leagues should make sure he's rostered as he's shown great production in the past.
October 15, 2019, 10:50 pmJordan BellPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jordan Bell (left calf strain) got his first action of the preseason on Tuesday and had four points (2-of-4 from the field) and five rebounds in seven minutes.
Bell has a new opportunity with the Wolves this season and he returned to his crazy per-minute stats tonight. He's a definite watch, as he could get backup minutes at both the four and five spots. Bell only needs about 20 minutes per game to be worth starting in deeper leagues. Keita Bates-Diop (back spasms) was available but did not play in this one.
October 15, 2019, 10:44 pmJeff TeaguePG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff Teague didn't shoot well but had a solid night on Tuesday, providing nine points (3-for-14 FGs, 2-for-3 FTs), three rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in 28 minutes.
Teague isn't the solid bet to finish inside the top-50 that he used to be, but he's a great value around pick 90 where he's been going in drafts.