Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer
Masahiro Tanaka vs. Yankee newcomer Chris Carter
Masahiro Tanaka vs. Yankee newcomer Chris Carter
The Clippers had recently shown interest in Knicks SG Courtney Lee but one team that had been in touch with the Knicks didn't get the impression that Lee would be moved. Another team in contact with NYK said the club is looking for a first-round pick - just like every other team - and had discussed packaging Kyle O'Quinn and Brandon Jennings together in a deal.
The Timberwolves and Knicks, by the way, remain in active discussions for a possible Derrick Rose deal, according to sources.
In talks with Minnesota on a potential Derrick Rose deal, the Knicks had been seeking multiple players or a player and a draft pick in return, sources said. Point guard Ricky Rubio is the obvious candidate because he and Rose could be traded in a one-for-one deal. The organization has also held Rubio in high regard for some time. It be interesting to see if Knicks pull back on their insistence for a multiple-player or player-and-a-pick return as the 3 pm deadline approaches.
The Jets were by far the worst team in the NFL at featuring the tight end in their passing game. With a new coordinator, changes are surely coming.
Nets' and Wizards' trade of Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough for Andrew Nicholson, guard Marcus Thornton and 2017 protected first round draft pick officially goes through. Wizards add much-needed bench scoring and unload Nicholson's salary. Nets gain a first-round pick and veteran stretch scoring forward in Nicholson. "Bojan is a very good shooter and a talented overall scorer whose versatility gives us an added dimension as we gear up for the stretch run," said Washington president Ernie Grunfeld. "He is a proven starter that will provide us an added boost off the bench and allow us to be creative with our lineups."
I don't know if this has anything to do with Minnesota's trade talks with the Knicks for Derrick Rose, but it will fuel conspiracy theories: Ricky Rubio started following Kristaps Porzingis on Instagram recently. Also, Knicks rookie Willy Hernangomez bacatipned with Rubio, a friend of his, over the All-Star break.
Discussions surrounding a potential trade of Derrick Rose continued between the Knicks and the Timberwolves on Wednesday, according to a source. It is unclear what, specifically, Minnesota would offer the Knicks in a potential swap for Rose. Although according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Timberwolves are motivated to move Ricky Rubio because team president and coach Tom Thibodeau sees rookie Kris Dunn as the franchise's point guard of the future.
Did the Wizards boost their bench with Bojan Bogdanovic? What did the Nets net? Kevin Pelton grades the trade.
Derrick Rose isn't the only player to draw interest from opposing teams looking to make a trade. Kyle O'Quinn and Brandon Jennings both being asked about in recent days, sources say. O'Quinn has played well this season and is on a team-friendly contract. Jennings is in the final year of his contract and has proved durable this season after missing nearly 12 months with an Achilles injury.
Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, who had an intentional walk called-off by manager Joe Girardi in July of last year after he threw a ball that sailed over catcher Brian McCann's head and hit the backstop, told me this about implementing dugout signals for intentional walks: "I had an issue with that last year, where I overthrew the ball [vs. Brandon Crawford on July 23, 2016] and the other team could've scored. So it does make it easier in those terms. It avoids those situations, but it does take away a little drama."
Carmelo Anthony on Knicks management: "Those guys understand and know how I'm feeling, what's on my mind, and what I would like to see happen." Anthony has said in the past that he's dedicated to New York and said Wednesday that he doesn't feel the need to keep talking about his devotion to the Knicks and the city.
Derrick Rose sat out the final portion of a scrimmage today but he participated in all of practice prior to that, per the Knicks.
$153M man Jacoby Ellsbury says he plans on talking to Joe Girardi about the manager's thoughts on possibly batting either Brett Garner or Ellsbury toward the bottom of the order.
Carmelo Anthony said he was feeling relaxed as the trade deadline approached: "If something is going to happen it's going to happen. I haven't heard anything as of right now, so that's not something that I'm concerned about."
Carmelo Anthony says he still hasn't heard from Knicks management about any possible trades and reiterates that he expects to be with the team for their first game after the deadline.
An interesting idea to speed up the game from Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Borrowing from the NFL, Girardi said he would have small listening devices for batters to receive signs. For pitchers and catchers, they could use them to change signals.
Brandon Jennings said he took a break from social media over the past few days, in part, because of some crazy responses from Knicks fans. (I'm thinking of doing the same.)
Jeff Hornacek said yesterday that Courtney Lee was too ill to fly to NY in time for Tuesday's practice but he's expected to play Thursday.
Joakim Noah (hamstring) and Courtney Lee (illness) did not practice today. Carmelo Anthony is practicing today.
Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Holliday, Chris Carter, Brett Gardner and Chase Headley were hitting in the batting cages inside the Yankees complex. A Yankees coach said Ellsbury's swing "already looks better than last year".
Lanzando en el bullpen por los Yankees, Luis Cessa, Michael Pineda, Bryan Mitchell y Tyler Clippard.
Interesting perspective from Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka on implementing a dugout signal for intentional walks: "Perhaps it will take away some of the drama out of baseball. But, if you are just talking from the standpoint of a pitcher, it's an advantage because there is no chance of the ball being overthrown over the catcher's head or anything like that. Also, last year, Gary Sánchez almost hit a home run off an intentional walk, so it avoids that situation too. But also, intentional walks are something that can throw a pitcher off rhythm a little bit. When you are pitching out, the balls that you are throwing are light tosses. And then all of a sudden you have to go back into the game and throw 100 percent to the next batter. So perhaps not having to do that will keep you in rhythm."
Derek Jeter had his captain's dinner with Yankees prospects last night, "He was everything I thought Derek Jeter would be," prospect Justus Sheffield said.
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