When I saw Christopher Reina’s report at RealGM about the Hawks “reaching out” to Earl Boykins, it didn’t make sense on a few levels.
For one, from everything I’ve heard the Hawks aren’t really interested in adding another guard. Also, Boykins doesn’t really seem to fit into L.D.’s “interchangeable parts” philosophy. And why would the Hawks add a veteran point guard when they are trying to bring along Teague?
But I figured maybe the Hawks wanted to bring Boykins to camp as some kind of insurance, so I checked it out. I was told there’s nothing to it, that it’s a “crazy rumor” and that the Hawks are still focused on adding a big man. So it looks like Boykins won’t even get a camp invite from the Hawks.
– There should be a resolution to the Pape Sy situation this week. He’s looking for a buyout from Le Havre of the top French league.
“I like his size,” L.D. said. “He’s really strong on the drive. I don’t know if he’s been watching NBA players already but he’s already doing things that NBA players do. We will try to get him in here for camp.”
– ESPN.com’s Ric Bucher reports that Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets are likely to part ways. The Nuggets have offered Anthony a three-year, $65 million extension, and Bucher said Anthony is contemplating signing the extension and then asking for a trade or not signing the extension and forcing the Nuggets to trade him by the February deadline.
The interesting thing about Anthony is how despite his elite scoring ability he doesn’t rate highly in some advanced statistics. David Berri is the latest stats guy to break it down, concluding that Anthony produces only 1.44 wins above an average small forward largely because he’s “not a particularly efficient scorer” and that “other than an ability to get to the free throw line, Melo is not outstanding with respect to any other aspect of the game.”
(In case you are wondering, Anthony produced .145 win shares per 48 minutes in 2009-10 compared to .112 for Marvin.)
Marc Stein on ESPN just said: “New York is where [Melo] wants to end up.” But do my blog people think Melo would be worth the money plus the assets it would take for the Hawks to acquire him?