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In an ESPN Insider series projecting the top performers for the 2013-14 NBA season, analyst Bradford Doolittle has New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith as the No. 7-ranked shooting guard in the league.

Smith is the lone Knicks player to crack the guard rankings, and the front court players will be ranked throughout the rest of this week.

The sixth-ranked shooting guard in the 2012-13 season, Smith is listed behind Dwyane Wade, James Harden, Manu Ginobli, Kobe Bryant, Bradley Beal and Louis Williams, who rank first through sixth, respectively.

Tags: Bradley Beal, danny green, Dwyane Wade, j.r. smith, jamal crawford, James Harden, joe johnson, kevin martin, Klay Thompson, Knicks, Kobe Bryant, Louis Williams, Manu Ginobli, Monta Ellis, paul pierce, Sam Spiegelman
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The addition of Andrea Bargnani and Metta World Peace has New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony excited about the upcoming season, but not enough that he can commit to the team long-term.

Anthony, 29, can opt out of his contract following the 2013-14 season. He has been rumored to be a target of the Los Angeles Lakers, where the franchise will look to rebuild and reemerge after the loss of Dwight Howard.

When asked whether the Knicks? offseason transactions have affected his decision to stay with the Knicks beyond next season, Anthony said he could not comment.

Tags: andrea bargnani, Carmelo Anthony, chris bosh, Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, j.r. smith, jason terry, kevin garnett, Knicks, LeBron James, metta world peace, paul pierce, Sam Spiegelman
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On Wednesday night, the Nets were defeated by the Miami Heat by a final score of 105-85.

The Skinny: Miami?s ?Big Three? started red hot from the field, hitting on seven of their first 10 shots to establish a 10-point advantage. The Nets made a small dent into the lead, but the Heat shot 5-for-5 from three-point range in the quarter to maintain a 10-point lead after one.

Miami kept knocking down threes, but the Nets? second unit, led by Andray Blatche, provided an energy boost to get within six. Brook Lopez began heating up from the outside to help cut the lead to two, and he then found Gerald Wallace down low for a layup on the next possession to tie the game. The teams traded buckets in the closing seconds to head into the break all tied up. The Nets outscored the Heat 29-19 in the second quarter.

Tags: brook lopez, Brooklyn Nets, Chris Bosh, deron williams, dwyane wade, heat, joe johnson, lebron james, miami heat, Nets, nets, rapid recap
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Tonight at 8 p.m., the Nets have a tough test as they host the Eastern Conference?s top team, the Miami Heat, at Barclays Center.

The Nets lost both previous matchups to the Heat, but both games were played at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

Brooklyn will attempt to keep its eight-game home winning streak alive, but it certainly won?t be easy. Miami has won 12 straight games in the series, including six-straight on the Nets home floor.

Tags: dwyane wade, eastern conference, heat, lebron james, NBA, Nets, nets, pregame primer
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Jim Mancari, SNYNets.com

Even right after defeating the Orlando Magic Monday night, the Nets were already looking forward to their matchup with the top-seed in the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat.

The Heat have won the previous two matchups against the Nets, but Deron Williams said things have changed since that time.

Tags: brook lopez, Brooklyn, Chris Bosh, Columns, deron williams, dwyane wade, heat, keith bogans, lebron james, miami heat, nets, nets heat, pj carlesimo
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To me, Chris Bosh has always been the key to this whole thing. Reports are coming out that the Cavs and Raptors are talking sign and trade.

But when has this not been the case? It hasn't been the case because? it was reported earlier that Bosh to Miami was a "done deal." In this game there is no such thing.

Ultimately, it comes down to this. If Bosh wants major money he has to accept a sign and trade. In order for him to go to Cleveland, there has to be a salary match, meaning the Cavs strip themselves of players on their roster. Are the Raptors really pumped about a Jamison/Mo Williams situation for example? Maybe if Isiah Thomas were running them (sorry Zeke)...but logically I can't see that. Do the Raptors want Michael Beasley? Not from what I'm gathering.

Tags: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Text, Where 2010 happens
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The idea that Wes has been boxed out of the inner circle is something that has been talked about for the last week or so. People I've spoken to have said similar things about Wes pushing Chicago. I've talked to another person who said that Maverick Carter will be in town Wednesday. I can't say for sure if it's for personal reasons, or for a meeting with either the Knicks or Nets...will keep digging.

The key to this whole thing as been the decision of Chris Bosh. Do the Cavs have what it takes to deal with Toronto? Does Bosh get paid and head for Ohio? Or does he head to South Beach with Wade? Does he join Wade in Chicago?

Tags: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Text, Where 2010 happens
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Via Newsday
Though easily dismissed as mere posturing, Dwyane Wade did send the Knicks positive signals during their meeting with him on Friday.A source with direct knowledge of the meeting said that when the Knicks told Wade they would build their team around him, he responded, "Just get me one player and I'll get you a ring."
Could they have that player early in the week?
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Yesterday, the Knicks? brass told LeBron he?d likely earn $1 billion if he chose New York. (See the Exclusive Presentation). Why? Huge market, classic team, wide media reach and large (rich) fan base.

They?ll tell Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade the same. Another Interbrand study (commissioned by the Knicks) claims Wade could expect to earn $425 million as a Knick

Interesting that Forbes notes that the Nets were omitted from the brand study. But frankly, the reason is simple, the Knicks get a head start before the Nets play in Brooklyn. It would have to have some impact.
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I've been checking out his blog lately and it continues to impress. BT insists that no one knows where they are going as of yet. But here are his predictions for the upcoming summer, followed by mine.

"...Since everyone else is secondary, grab a dart, and fire away!

Lebron James: 3 year extension with the Cavs, followed by a similar deal with the Knicks?or Nets

Tags: 2010 prospects, Amar'e Stoudemire, Brandon Tierney, Carlos Boozer, David Lee, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Where 2010 happens
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Good post here by our friend Dave from NYSportsSpace who analyzes why he's not keen on the Knicks signing D-Wade.

"...1) A future with persistent injury problems - This is the most frightening and disconcerting reason. I love the way that Wade plays the game. He dives after loose balls as much as anyone, isn't afraid of drawing contact, and is generally balls deep in every possession, The question lies, though: Can he sustain this style of play for the next 3, 5, or 7 years? No matter how good a guy keeps himself in shape, once you hit the 27-28 year old threshold you cannot play like Dwyane does without frequently getting injured. It's impossible. He has a history of injuries too, only playing 50 games in the '07 and '08 seasons due to shoulder and knee issues. Would you make an investment in a car used in a demolition derby? What if this car was able to dunk on Yao Ming? What if you bought a T-Mobile Sidekick as a result of these high flying antics?...more."
We know Wade to NY isn't happening. At least, it doesn't appear to be in the plans, and I agree that the back end of Wade's next contract could present times where injuries could creep up. It's hard to question how good Wade is right now. Wade and a big man in NY would certainly make the Knicks a top 4 seed and compete with the league's elite, but the chances of that ever happening seem very slight.
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Via CBSsportsline
"...Sources say that the Knicks? likely fallback option if they don?t get LeBron is Atlanta?s Joe Johnson ? but that strategy comes with a caveat. On one hand, Donnie Walsh is too smart to overpay for a player like Johnson who probably isn?t quite deserving of the max. Then again, the Hawks will pay Johnson the max to stay, so if anybody else wants him, the max is what it will take. Johnson said recently that he?d sacrifice to pair up with another elite player, meaning he?d take less than the max. But there?s no reason for him to take less under any other circumstance.

? For similar reasons, Walsh will have to decide whether Chris Bosh is worthy of a max deal if he strikes out on LeBron. Sources familiar with Walsh?s thinking are convinced that he does not regard Bosh as being on the same level as James and Wade, who will be the only two clear-cut max players on the market. ?That?s the fallacy with the max,? one prominent agent said. ?It allows you to buy Chris Bosh for the same price as LeBron James.? In fact, another person familiar with Walsh?s strategy said if it came down to deciding whether to keep David Lee or sign Bosh to a max deal, Walsh would choose Lee. ?There are questions about whether Bosh is the kind of player who can carry a team by himself,? the person said. ?He certainly hasn?t done it in Toronto...?

Several things here. One, everyone knows the "myth" of Bosh being a max player. Bosh is riding Olympic momentum. As he relates to Wade and Lebron, he is less than a max player. I don't love the idea of Bosh and Johnson, myself. I'd add more pieces this summer and set my sites on 2011. They can be a playoff team next year if the roster is tweaked and more talent is added. I'd sign one of them, for a potential partnership when the team finally gets rid of Eddy Curry, aka the last remaining reminder of the Isiah Era.

Tags: David Lee, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Where 2010 happens
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Finger point to Frank T for the look...

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In a lot of ways, Donnie Walsh's job seems to have become harder as it's gone along.

When the team hired Walsh to be President of Basketball Operations on April 2, 2008, it was in the midst of the worst run in franchise history. They weren't even competing most nights, and the level of basketball was so bad the filth made you want to take a shower when you got home after going to Madison Square Garden. That is, if you were the one who drew the short straw for those free tickets.

I remember as Walsh sat in the stands for the rest of the season evaluating the players and situation that he was now a part of, that Knicks fans wondered if this was the man who was going to make things better.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, David Lee, Donnie Walsh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Where 2010 happens
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Read the "5-0n-5 questions" here.
"...3. Which sophomore would you rather have: Michael Beasley or Danilo Gallinari?

Abbott: Beasley might be one of the only potential future MVPs who can be had on the cheap. But Gallinari is one of the biggest and best spot-up shooters in NBA history, and he plays some D, too. Any team could use a guy like that. Another question: What's more likely to go haywire: Gallinari's back or Beasley's judgment?

Broussard: Beasley. His talent is greater than Gallinari's and though he's got a long way to go, he's showing signs of maturity. Gallinari's a great shooter, but Beasley's got more versatility.

Tags: Danilo Gallinari, Dwyane Wade, Mike D'Antoni
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Via? NY Post:

"...Magic Johnson said he believes LeBron James will decide to leave Cleveland to play for the Knicks -- but urges Knicks team president Donnie Walsh to lure "The King" by first signing a marquee free agent such as Chris Bosh or Amare Stoudemire.

The Hall of Fame point guard/businessman, asked by The Post for his gut feeling on LeBron in 2010, said: "I think he's going to go to New York.

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Via Miami Herald-
"...Dwyane Wade doubts that he'll be teammates with LeBron James, but acknowledged on Wednesday that such a pairing isn't impossible.

"It's something we've talked about, of course," Wade said. "No question, it's a long shot. He's put in position in Cleveland where he has the opportunity to compete for a championship now. I'm in Miami, where I've won a championship and this is where I love to be. So it's not like we're both looking over our shoulders saying we want to get out of here. So it's a long shot. But at the end of the day, it is a shot."

The Cavaliers will travel to Miami to play the Heat on Thursday night in a highly-anticipated game.

Tags: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Where 2010 happens
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Now, I've been away from workable computer all day (thanks Sprint/Dell) and I just saw Biggie's link to the Weekend Dime. They describe Lebron's suitors and mention some intell that I dropped several hours ago from my blackberry. Now, let's just say that I did not get what I heard from an agent or an exec, I don't have ESPN's corporate card, but I got mine from a serious mole.

"... New York

There is no greater evidence to convey how far the Knicks have fallen than the fact that ESPN hasn't chosen to televise a single game from MSG in more than three years.

Tags: Danilo Gallinari, David Lee, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Where 2010 happens
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Via Daily Dime:
"...You've heard tons about the infamous memo dispatched by the league office in July warning teams that the salary cap for the 2010-11 season could drop from the current $57.7 million all the way down to somewhere between $50.4 million and $53.6 million.

What hasn't been widely publicized is that more teams than not, at this early stage, expect next season's cap to wind up closer to the higher figure.

The NBA's public position on the matter has not changed. Commissioner David Stern re-iterated again last week in briefings with reporters leading into opening night that his number-crunchers continue to forecast overall league revenue in 2009-10 to decline from 2.5 to 5 percent.

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As I?m writing this article I have a smile on my face. For what you might ask? Due to the fact that we are mere hours away from the New York Knicks starting another one of their always interesting seasons. Tonight they head down to Miami to play the always-hated Miami Heat. First lets take a look at the starting lineups:

New York: Chris Duhon (PG), Wilson Chandler (SG), Jared Jeffries (SF), Al Harrington (PF), David Lee (C).

This is the best starting lineup that coach D'Antoni could throw out there. In previous seasons the thought of Jeffries in the starting lineup would make me cringe. However, due to his limited success in the pre-season combined with our need to showcase him for a possible trade it was a great move. Now to the Miami Heat?

Tags: David Lee, Dwyane Wade, Erik Spoelstra, Wilson Chandler
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ESPN.com contributors voted on where the top four free agents of 2010 (Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudamire, and Chris Bosh) will land. ?Just more speculation, really, but ESPN's prognostications are obviously going to be more accurate than everybody?else's,?right?Out of 52 voters, 35 said he would stay in Cleveland (how shocking?) and the Knicks came in second with 8 votes. ?Miami got 3, New Jersey got 2, and Boston got 1.

"Despite the cards Cleveland holds, some still see New York as King James' destiny. And they might have a leg to stand on, thanks to LeBron himself, as he has become the master of the mixed message. That was heard again most recently in his interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols, in which he avoided the opportunity to express loyalty to Cleveland and pointedly said his heart was in his hometown of Akron:

Tags: 2009 Season, Amar'e Stoudemire, David Lee, Donnie Walsh, Dwyane Wade, Eddy Curry, Where 2010 happens
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It's tough to really feel bad for Dwyane Wade, based on the fact that he's been playing games with the Heat in terms of next summer. But, in his defense, the selection of Michael Beasley was a terrible one for the organization. Granted, he was clearly the second best talent in last year's draft, but the problems that Beasley's going through now are nothing new.

I was at the rookie symposium, which took place at Doral Arrowood in Rye Brook, NY,? last year on different business, when two players were punished for marijuana. Rumors were that Beasley was hiding in the bathroom when the other two players Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers were caught in the room.

And I was told from staffers that Beasley was offering to pay employees to take him off campus to search for nocturnal entertainment.

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The shrewedest move of the offseason may have been the Nets shedding Vince Carter's contract. As the team looks forward to the 2010 free agency period, they may be more attractive than the Knicks.

Or so says Fred Kerber:

"...The Knicks have appeal, especially with the whole New York package, Wade claimed. But don't discount the Nets -- at least for other free agents.

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Nice pull by Vincent Mallozzi, who got some great quotes from Dwyane Wade regarding free agency:
"...Wade, who played for Mike D?Antoni on the United States Olympic basketball team in Beijing ? D?Antoni served as an assistant to Mike Krzyzewski ? is confident the Knicks coach will revive a once proud franchise that has become a laughingstock.

?It?s a great system that Coach D?Antoni runs; it gives players a lot of free rein, a lot of freedom to utilize their skills,? Wade said. ?I don?t want to say too many nice things about Coach D?Antoni?s style of play because every time I do, people take it as if I?m coming to the Knicks.

?But eventually, everything will even out around the league, and the Knicks will be back soon...?

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Mitch Lawrence of the Daily News?details the month that was for our slowly-sliding Knickerbockers. ?As he?accurately?points out, February was unkind to the Knicks as far as exposing the team's inability to slow down the other team's best players - a deficiency that is hard to overcome or compensate for.

"Starting with?Kobe Bryant's masterpiece at the Garden and ending 26 days later with?Dwyane Wade's fourth-quarter brilliance inMiami, February turned out to be a month to remember for a few?NBAsuperstars who had the good fortune to come across the?Knicks.

"Wade's 46-point outburst...served as the perfect bookend to Bryant's 61-point, record-breaking night....Sandwiched in between, the Knicks' defensive shortcomings were exposed.

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