Merry Christmas! There aren't many things better than NBA action on Christmas Day.
The Miami Heat took care of business out in Los Angeles, defeating the Lakers 101-95. Dwyane Wade was the main catalyst of Miami's offense, as he led the way with 23 points and 7 assists. Although Chris Bosh started the game by missing his first six shots, he caught fire in the second and third quarters, and finished the game with a double-double of 23 points and 11 boards. LeBron James' statline wouldn't "wow" the casual NBA fan (19 points, 8 rebounds), but he threw down two thunderous dunks that brought the Staples Center crowd to their feet. Dwyane Wade was in a giving mood this Christmas, as both of the huge James jams were assisted by Wade. Pau Gasol had a double-double (13 points, 13 rebounds), while Nick Young added 20 points off the bench in the losing effort.
Carmelo Anthony - It doesn't seem like the Knicks are actively shopping Carmelo Anthony, but they should be. Multiple reports have hinted at the reality that Carmelo could leave New York this summer in free agency. The Knicks, currently perched in the 12th seed in the East (8-18), are in trouble, not only for this season, but for the foreseeable future. If the current situation holds, it would take a miracle to keep Melo from dashing out of the Big Apple this summer.
Best Fit? - Cleveland Cavaliers. It's probably a long shot, considering the Knicks haven't (at least publicly) admitted to wanting to deal Carmelo. Cleveland knows that they need another star alongside Kyrie Irving if they ever want to be mentioned in the same conversation with the NBA Championship contenders. It's clear that the Cavaliers want to make a splash, and take the next step in the Eastern Conference. They've been rumored as one of the top landing spots for future free agent LeBron James, but that's far from a guarantee. Carmelo Anthony isn't LeBron James, but he would surely be a prominent wingman to Kyrie, and would likely boost them into consistent playoff contention, year after year.
Luol Deng - Deng's contract expires after the 2013-2014 season. Next season they are already tied down with Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, and Carlos Boozer to the tune of 55.8 million dollars. The Bulls would have to pay a luxury tax if they were to sign Deng long term, while other teams would be willing to pay Deng the same amount, if not more than what Chicago could realistically pay him. It has been proposed that the Bulls should trade Deng to get as many assets in return as they can since Deng's exit from Chicago this summer is anticipated.
With the holiday’s approaching, some NBA players have been in a giving mood while others have been feeling less than festive.
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