The San Antonio Spurs have signed F Trey Lyles, the team announced today.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a two-year deal.
Originally, Marcus Morris and the Spurs reportedly had agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Spurs, but Morris had a change of heart, and the Spurs signed Lyles. According to ESPN, Morris is expected to sign with the New York Knicks.
Lyles, 6-10/235, appeared in 64 games for the Denver Nuggets last season averaging 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 17.5 minutes. In two seasons with the Nuggets, he averaged 9.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 18.3 minutes. Appearing in 288 total contests, Lyles holds career averages of 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 17.5 minutes.
The former University of Kentucky Wildcat was a first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft (12th overall) by the Utah Jazz. Lyles spent his first two seasons with the Jazz before being sent to Denver on draft night in 2017. While with Utah, Lyles was selected to the 2016 and 2017 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend.
The Dallas Mavericks and forward/center Kristaps Porzingis have agreed to extension, the team announced today.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, it’s a five-year, $158 million maximum contract, which gives him a player option in the final season in 2023.
Porzingis, 23, was originally acquired by the Mavericks on January 31, 2019 along with guards Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke, in exchange for guard Dennis Smith Jr., center DeAndre Jordan, guard/forward Wesley Matthews and two future first-round draft picks.
He holds career averages of 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 31.0 minutes per game in 186 games (185 starts). He averaged a career-high 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and a career-high 2.4 blocks in 48 games (all starts) for the Knicks during the 2017-18 season en route to being named a 2018 NBA All-Star. Porzingis suffered a torn left ACL against Milwaukee on Feb. 6, 2018, ending his 2017-18 campaign and he has not seen game action since the injury.
The former fourth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft appeared in 72 games (all starts) for the Knicks as a rookie in 2015-16, averaging 14.3 points, a career-high 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 28.4 minutes on his way to being named to the 2016 NBA All-Rookie First Team.
A native of Liepaja, Latvia, Porzingis began his professional career with Spain’s Cajasol Seville. He was a two-time recipient of the ACB All-Young Players Team (2014, 2015) and was also named a EuroCup Rising Star in 2015.
The NBA Draft Lottery is May 14, and at this point, teams are salivating at the opportunity to take former Duke star, Zion Williamson, and based on what we have seen during his time at Duke, Williamson has the potential to be the next big thing.
The Knicks, Suns, and Cavaliers have the best opportunity to get Williamson. All three teams have a 14% chance to get the number one overall pick. Wherever he goes, Williamson is going to be box office. He easily was the most popular player in college basketball last season.
One guy who would love for Williamson to go to New York is the newest Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who played his college ball at Duke and was the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
“I have gotten to know him a little bit,” Jones said on Friday after Giants Rookie Minicamp. “We talked a little bit about that actually this week. That would be a cool deal. We will see what happens. He is a special guy.”
If Williamson goes to the Knicks, man, that would give that city and franchise a big boost, and quite frankly, it’s probably good for the NBA. I always believe that the Knicks being right is great for the NBA, and Williamson to New York could help the Knicks become relevant again. Plus, if all goes well, Jones and Williamson could be the new faces of New York City sports, which would be a great thing for fans in the “Big Apple.”
The New York Knicks have struggled mightily over past few years. This team has not made the playoffs in five years and has not won an NBA title in 45 years.
Now, with the hiring of former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, the Knicks hope to get back to being one of the premier franchises in the NBA.
One guy who was in the running for the Knicks head coaching job was New York native and TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith. While Smith thinks the Knicks made the right decision in hiring Fizdale, Smith believes he was the better choice:
“I think they made the right choice. He’s a great coach; he’s going to do a good job, but maybe not the best choice. I’m the best choice,” Smith told TMZ Sports. “They made the right choice, but not the best choice.”
Smith, 53, has no coaching experience, so for the former two-time NBA champion to be considered for the Knicks job was a big deal:
“There’s only a handful of jobs in the world, and you’re a finalist for one them in the world. That means your one of the top candidates in the world,” Smith explained.
Smith does expect to get an NBA head coaching job at some point.
Fizdale is well respected around the league, so maybe he is the right guy for the job, but only time will tell if Fizdale was the best guy for the job.
Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced on Tuesday night.
Porzingis hurt his knee after dunking the ball against the Bucks on Tuesday night.
Porzingis, 22, is averaging 22 PPG, 6.7 RPG, and 2.4 BPG this season with the Knicks.
Big blow for the Knicks and a big blow for the NBA.
Former NBA star Lamar Odom might be returning to basketball. Not the NBA, but the BIG3. Odom is said to be interested in the 3-on-3 league. The founder of the BIG3 Ice Cube is interested in Odom, but would like for him to be in “shape.” Odom, 37, last played in the NBA in 2013.
Former NBA great Charles Oakley is not very interested in Odom to the BIG3.
Oakley, who is a player/coach for the Killer 3’s, was asked by TMZ Sports if he would want Odom on his team.
Here was Oak’s response:
“No, I don’t like him like that,” Oakley said. “In life, sometimes you only get but one chance. He had three or four chances. I mean he can play; he’s a talented guy. I don’t want him on my team.”
Oakley talked about his issue with Odom in this interview on The Dan Le Batard Show back in 2014:
Here is Oakley’s interview with TMZ Sports:
Killer 3s Player/Coach Charles Oakley will make his playing debut during the team’s final regular season game on Sunday, Aug. 13 at STAPLES Center. Player Captain Chauncey Billups will assume coaching duties in Los Angeles.
Oakley, 53, played 19 seasons in the NBA for the Bulls, Knicks, Raptors, Wizards, and Rockets.
Carmelo Anthony said the last 12 months have been an “emotional roller coaster.” Whether it’s dealing with drama with Phil Jackson and the Knicks, or dealing with marital issues at home. It has been a rough year for Anthony.
Now, Jackson is gone, and Anthony is still in New York, for now.
Former Knicks F Justin Holiday, who played in New York last season, and signed with the Bulls this offseason, is unsure what might happen next season with the 33-year-old Anthony:
“I actually have been thinking about that, and I do not know. Seriously, I don’t know,” Holiday told Paul Gant on the Go4it podcast. “One, that was something that he did not speak about, at all. Two, thinking about it myself, what would Melo do? I’m just not sure. You gotta look at everything, and how the media is toward him, and how they treat him. Obviously, that’s not good, but New York is like home to that dude. He has so many things going on there. It’s hard to see and figure out which way it would go.
It seems the Knicks are not moving very fast to trade Anthony. According to the New York Post, Melo is only looking to go to Houston. Anthony has a full no-trade clause, so he has all the power. At this point, Anthony is not even sure if he will be at Knicks’ training camp come September.
Maybe Anthony and the Knicks can make nice, or maybe Houston and New York can agree on a trade.
One never knows what could happen with this situation!