Morning shootaround — Feb. 12


VIDEO: Highlights of the games played Feb. 11

NEWS OF THE MORNING

Report: Karl agrees to 4-year deal with Kings | Report: Stoudemire, Knicks begin buyout talks | Report: Kanter wants Jazz to trade him | Rivers miffed over Jordan’s All-Star snub

No. 1: Report: Karl agrees to 4-year deal with Kings The Sacramento Bee first broke the news yesterday afternoon that the Sacramento Kings will hire George Karl as their new coach after the All-Star Game break. More details have emerged on the Karl-Kings union, courtesy of Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, on the length of the deal and Karl’s marching orders for the rest of this season:

George Karl has reached agreement on a four-year contract worth nearly $15 million to become coach of the Sacramento Kings, a league source told Yahoo Sports.

Sacramento plans to make a formal announcement soon.

The deal will include a $1.5 million buyout provision on the $5 million owed Karl in the final year of the contract, a source told Yahoo Sports.

Karl will earn $1.25 million for the rest of the 2014-15 season, which will begin with his Kings debut after the All-Star break on Feb. 20 against Golden State. Karl is set to earn $3.25 million in 2015-16 and $5 million per season in the final two years of the deal, a source said.

After owner Vivek Ranadive insisted on the firing of ex-coach Michael Malone, the Kings struggled under interim coach Tyrone Corbin and turned toward Karl in the past week. Corbin plans to leave the organization and will not be a part of Karl’s staff for the rest of the season, a source said.

Karl’s directive will be to reach the immensely talented, but combustible 7-foot center DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins made the Western Conference All-Star reserves, averaging 23.8 points and 12.4 rebounds a game this season.

Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro informed Corbin on Friday that the organization planned to conduct an immediate search for a new coach.


VIDEO: DeMarcus Cousins talks about his goals for the rest of the season

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No. 2: Report: Stoudemire, Knicks begin buyout talks Amar’e Stoudemire played 14 minutes of the bench in last night’s eventual loss to the Orlando Magic, going 0-for-3 from the field and finishing with five points and four rebounds. Could that be his last performance as a New York Knick? According to Peter Botte of the New York Daily News, Stoudemire and his agent, Happy Walters, have acknowledged they have begun talks with the Knicks’ front office about a buyout of Stoudemire’s contract so he can pursue signing with a playoff-bound team:

As Amar’e Stoudemire sat on the bench in the closing seconds Wednesday night, he acknowledged thinking he might have just played his final game with the Knicks.

“Obviously playing these 13 years and through the few injuries, Father Time is ticking. So you know that you want to take advantage of good health when you can and try to win a championship when you can,” Stoudemire said after scoring five points in 14 minutes in the Knicks’ 89-83 loss to the Magic. “But that’s still a conversation I’ve got to have in the near future and I’ll go from there.”

“I will say that the Knicks have been really great to Amar’e . . . and super supportive. And Jim Dolan, the owner, has been really loyal over the years to Amar’e and really great to him,” Walters said on Daily News basketball columnist Frank Isola’s NBA Radio show on SiriusXM. “And so I think Amar’e feels that he has a lot of loyalty to the Knicks and Jim, good days or bad days.  He certainly didn’t think his last year would be like it is now where the team is struggling, but I think anything is possible.

“Amar’e and I have talked about what to do and, you know, it is an ongoing discussion and I’ve talked to the Knicks a little bit about it, but we haven’t gotten to anything substantive. And we’ll kind of see how things go. Amar’e wouldn’t do anything unless (Dolan) was cool with it, that’s for sure.”

The Daily News first reported Tuesday night that Walters and Phil Jackson were expected to meet this week in New York to discuss a possible buyout of the remainder of Stoudemire’s team-high $23.4 million salary for this season.

Still, with playoff-bound teams such as the Mavericks and the Clippers expected to be in the market for help up front, the six-time All-Star admitted he’s considered that the Knicks portion of his career is coming to a close.

“To think about all the things I was able to start and influence New York State and the city in the time that I was in New York. But I’m still here. Nothing’s changed yet,” Stoudemire said. “But it’s definitely kind of a bittersweet moment, going over all the joyful things that I have accomplished in New York. The bitter part is it’s a tough decision that in the near future I’ve got to make. But I dwell on all the great memories and try to build more if I can.”

Stoudemire also had reflected on Tuesday about his time in New York since signing a five-year, $100 million contract as a free agent in 2010, saying “I gave my heart, my body and my soul. I truly gave it all.” He endured multiple knee injuries in recent seasons, and the Knicks won only one playoff series during his tenure with the organization, despite Carmelo Anthony joining the team via trade during Stoudemire’s first season.


VIDEO: Amar’e Stoudemire plans to be in Miami and ponder his contract future

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No. 3: Report: Kanter wants Jazz to trade him — The Utah Jazz have a glut of young, talented big men in Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert. The in-season development of Favors and Gobert, in particular, have left Kanter as perhaps the odd man out in Salt Lake City and it is something he is keenly aware of. According to Aaron Falk of The Salt Lake Tribune, Kanter has told the Jazz he wants to be traded before the Februrary deadline:

Frustrated by his role during his three-plus years in Utah, center Enes Kanter told The Salt Lake Tribune he hopes to be traded before this year’s deadline.

Kanter expressed his frustration after Wednesday’s 87-82 loss to the Mavericks, a game in which Kanter left with an eye injury and did not play in the fourth quarter despite his claim that he was healthy enough to play.

“It was not my eye at all. I don’t know what it was, but it was not my eye at all. So we’ll see what’s going to happen,” Kanter said after the game, declining to elaborate further.

But for the third-overall pick in the 2011 draft, the frustrations are about more than one night. Kanter grew tired of empty promises of playing time during his time under Tyrone Corbin and remains frustrated by the inconsistency of his role.

The Jazz and coach Quin Snyder have tried to balance time among their four primary big men — Kanter, Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert and Trevor Booker. Snyder has admitted in the past that it has been hard to find time in some games for all four, and said matchups and performance would dictate who got minutes most nights.

In a text message late Wednesday, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey declined to comment on the situation.

Kanter made his frustrations known Wednesday as players headed their separate ways for the extended All-Star break. The NBA’s trade deadline is Feb. 19.

The 6-foot-10 Turk played 13 minutes per game his rookie season, 15 as a sophomore and 26 last season. His 27.3 minutes per game are a career high, but the nightly inconsistencies have been a source of frustration for the fourth-year player.

Kanter will be a restricted free agent this summer after he and the Jazz failed to reach a deal to extend him before the season. That could make it difficult to move him should the Jazz opt to go that route. A team interested in Kanter would have to give up assets while simultaneously assuming the risk and uncertainty involving the big man’s future salary.

Kanter could be a relative value. Or, with one offer sheet, he could leave that trade partner left to match a sizable deal or letting him walk.

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No. 4: Rivers miffed Jordan not named All-Star reserve — No one in the NBA has campaigned harder the last two seasons for Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan to be an All-Star than his coach, Doc Rivers. Upon hearing the news last night that Anthony Davis‘ All-Star spot was being filled by the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki (and not Jordan), Rivers couldn’t hold his tongue. ESPN.com has more:

Clippers coach Doc Rivers says DeAndre Jordan’s monstrous season so far should have resulted in his first All-Star selection.

Jordan has recorded at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in three of the Clippers’ past six games — something he wasn’t able to do in any of his 511 previous regular-season and playoff games in the NBA.

Yet, he’ll be watching the All-Star Game from home as Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki replaces injured Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, a selectionmade Wednesday by commissioner Adam Silver.

“DJ should be on it. We all know that,” Rivers said. “I think it’s a travesty. I really do — a guy who’s getting 20s and 20s is not on the team.”

The seventh-year center, whose 22 points and career-high 27 rebounds carried the Clippers to a 115-98 victory Monday night at Dallas, shot 6-for-8 from the field to extend his NBA-record streak to 39 consecutive games shooting at least 50 percent. He also was 12-for-26 from the free throw line.

“You play both sides of the floor,” Rivers said. “Just one end of the floor keeps getting all of the credit, but the other side is more important. There’s never been a team that’s won a title without being a decent defensive team. But that side keeps getting forgotten about in the All-Star Game. But DJ knows that we’re playing for bigger things than All-Star games.”


VIDEO: DeAndre Jordan dominates the Rockets in the Clippers’ win

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SOME RANDOM HEADLINES: Long read from The Hollywood Reporter on LeBron James‘ hopes of one day building a Hollywood empire … The Phoenix Suns want at least a first rounder from any teams sniffing around in trades for Goran Dragic … Bet you didn’t know this: Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel leads all NBA coaches in technical fouls this season … The Denver Nuggets are reportedly finalizing a deal with Joffrey Lauvergne … Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle says he uses NBA analytics selectivelySerge Ibaka and Nick Collison came up big for OKC in its win last night over Memphis … Larry Sanders may return to the Milwaukee Bucks after the All-Star break … Orlando Magic interim coach James Borrego hasn’t heard from team management that they are looking for a new coach yetStephen Curry and Klay Thompson are not only All-Stars, but also great teammates … Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens is hoping the team stays quiet during the trade deadline … Sir Charles may hate NBA analytics, but advanced stats sure do love him … Nick Young defends his tale of nearly being killed by a dolphin

ICYMI(s) of the Night: Dion Waiters sizes up Kosta Koufos on the baseline, drives in and puts him on a poster …


VIDEO: Dion Waiters posterizes Kosta Koufos

… and we love a good hustle play around here, and Wes Matthews provides us with a dandy one … 


VIDEO: Wes Matthews’ hustle leads to a Damian Lillard jam

10 Comments

  1. Jose says:

    if the Knicks buys out contract of Amare.. he would be a good addition for Spurs

  2. V2 says:

    DeAndre Jordan’s shot %
    From 0-3 feet = 95%
    3-6 feet = 65%
    6-10 feet = 46%
    10-14 feet = 22%
    Beyond 14 feet = disaster

    Obviously I just made these up, but I do not think these are All-Star skills. He is a great defensive player, but he bears so little offensive burden; he can put all his energy and focus into defense. The NBA has seen plenty of players like him that have had similar duties. Besides, the All-Star game is just a combination of the 3 point shoot out and slam dunk competition. Wouldn’t his abilities be a bit lost in this regard?

  3. Jeff says:

    Not a GSW supporter but gotta think the bigs there must be doing something right. Best record in the league, you don’t get that without good bigs…..just saying I think they could be feeling a little more hard done by than Z-Bo and DJ.

  4. Ash says:

    NY knicks had a well balanced team back when Mike DeAntoni first took over in 2008. They had crawford,zebo and david lee. I always felt they should have kept that team instead of trading away all these players who moved on to better things and did well in NBA.

  5. capicaphi says:

    Deandre Jordan shouldn’t be in that all star talk. The grizzlies are a title team, the mavs too, so i pick Z-bo or dirk.
    The clippers ? first round or semi final conference elimination as always, without the lob city thing, but still a playoff joke.

  6. John says:

    Not for nothing but Stoutamire was a big waste of time and tons of money. Carmelo is also a big waste of time and a lot of money. The Knicks are an awful franchise and the NBA should bar the Knicks from even playing in the league. Get rid of the Knicks altogether.

  7. harriethehawk says:

    I was so sure that Zack Randolph would be chosen to replace Anthony. Oh well.

  8. Missing AI says:

    Z-Bo should be upset not DJ. Before Randolph was in DeAndre Jordan Shouldn’t be even in the talks. He is more consistent than Gasol and in my view the anchor of the success of Grizzlies. Much respect to Dirk though, his presence in all-star game should always be appreciated the man is a living legend that still can score.

    • Truth says:

      DJ’s presence in the team is critical for the Clippers to win games. The same can not be said for Z-Bo and the Grizzlies, as much as he is good on the offensive end, he is not even close to DJ on the defensive end. DJ is averaging almost 14 rbs which leads the NBA and about 2.4 blocks which is 2nd in the NBA along with a solid 10.7 pts per game. He is always the top players to be the defensive player of the year. If there is someone that deserves to be a first time all-star it is clearly DJ. People forget how good he is because of his free throw shooting and the fact that he has no J, but you have to realize just how good of a role player he is. Dirk is a one in a life time talent, but I think commissioner Silver could and should give DJ a well deserved all-star selection, knowing that Dirk already has had his chances and is playing average compared to his previous seasons. Z-Bo or DJ this year? Who will impact your team more? really…

      • Lillard Time says:

        Look at the grizzlies record without Z-Bo this year. He impacts there team alot more then people realize.