There could be a lot of player movement in the 2017 NBA offseason, and not just in free agency. Among the most notable trade candidates are Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Jimmy Butler. The three All-Stars were involved in rumors at the trade deadline, and there is continued speculation that they could be moved this summer.
Clarence Gaines Jr. walked into the Quest gymnasium in Chicago for the draft combine earlier this month wearing a brown/beige/orange-checkered African gown known as a dashiki. Gaines avoided all personal contact, darting through a phalanx of scouts, general managers and media. He silently took a seat in the metal bleachers. He sat alone, as is his custom — just like his mentor, late Bulls general manager Jerry Krause, known as “The Sleuth.’’ “Bit of an odd duck,’’ one NBA scout commented, “but he has our respect.’’ Gaines, the Knicks’ vice president of player personnel and Phil Jackson’s most trusted adviser, does not treat the gym like a cocktail party, rather a place to zero in on the finest
Obviously the major development that occurred this past week was the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers each advancing with relative ease to the Finals, setting us up for yet another rematch between two teams that may or may not have a rivalry (they totally have a rivalry). David Lee, who was forced out of Game 3 after suffering a slight tear to the patellar tendon in his left knee, will not require surgery to remedy the issue. Lee has a player option worth $1.6 million the 2017-18 season, but considering that’s essentially the minimum amount anyone can commit to him next year, it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see him opt out to see if he can find another deal elsewhere for slightly above the minimum. The Knicks will reportedly go after P.J. Tucker and Dante Cunningham during free agency, and they also could have an interest in trading for Ricky Rubio or Jae Crowder.