Today is the trade deadline for the NBA, which marks one of the most interesting days for some of the up and coming or elite teams in the league as they look to add some key players to their roster. Both the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks are among the top teams in the East, and it is expected that both franchises will try to make a splash to revamp their rosters in hopes of keeping up with the Miami Heat. However, the past couple of years, both teams have been very quiet around this time, and neither have not made major trade the last couple of years.
The New York Knicks are looking like a playoff-caliber team in the Eastern Conference sitting in the #2 seed. However, the team looked to have run out of fuel as the All-Star break came closer. Sure Carmelo Anthony is playing out of his mind right now and is 2nd in the league in scoring and perhaps is having his best year as a pro, but Melo wouldn’t mind some help in the scoring department. The Knicks organization necessarily need to make a big move. Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby are both expected to return from injuries giving the Knicks another defensive and offensive tool. Wallace was probably the 2nd most productive player on the team before he went down with a foot injury. Those players alone should be all the key additions the Knicks would need to compete in the East. If the Knicks were to make a move I think it would only be if Camby or Wallace were unable to stay healthy. One name to throw out there would be Kenyon Martin. Martin was not signed by any team this year, however, he can still be productive coming off the bench for a team like the Knicks.
Across the river, it appears to be a little more interesting for the Brooklyn squad. Once again the Dwight Howard rumors have emerged, however, it does not seem to bother Brook Lopez. On Sunday night Lopez made his first All-Star appearance for the East team. If there’s a move the Nets should make it would be to acquire a player who will mesh well with Lopez. There have been on-going talks with the Nets and Charlotte Bobcats about a potential trade involving Bobcats shooting guard Ben Gordon. Even though the Nets could use another player that can knock down the 3-ball, I think they should think big and when I mean big I’m not talking about Hawks’ forward Josh Smith. Here’s a name that’s been under the radar, how about a trade of Kris Humphries and Marshon Brooks to the Bulls for Carlos Boozer. Deron Williams and Boozer played 7 years together in Utah, and reuniting those two together will be awesome. Both Boozer and Williams’ family are close and hung out together during All-Star break, not to mention they were one of the best tandems at execution the pick-n roll. It is unlikely that those 2 players alone will be enough for Chicago to unload Boozer.
For now, there are no trades to report, but rest assured by the end of the day, some team will be giving the league different looks going as the push towards the playoffs begins.
Sports Notes: (baseball): spring training is here! The Yankees open up Spring Training baseball as they battle the new-look Toronto Blue Jays Sunday afternoon. There have been many reports that the Yankees have engaged in serious talks with second basemen Robinson Cano. With Jeter towards the end of his career and A-Rod expecting to miss the 1st half of the season, Yankee management is looking towards the future and are trying keep Cano in pinstripes. If there was a deal in place for Cano, it could be perhaps be for 8 years around the $200 million dollar range. Cano is entering the last year of his current contract.