Friday, November 16, 2018

Carmelo Anthony: Four potential landing spots after parting ways with Rockets

Carmelo Anthony’s brief time with the Houston Rockets is over. The team announced Thursday that it was “working toward a resolution” to part ways after signing Anthony as a free agent this summer.

Anthony appeared in just 10 games for the Rockets and averaged career-lows of 13.4 points and 29.4 minutes. With his tenure in Houston over, speculation naturally turns to potential landing spots for the 10-time All-Star.

Options could be limited for Anthony. He still wants to play big minutes, but he likely won’t find many roles that offer that type of playing time. Anthony’s shooting has diminished in recent years, further complicating his ability to find a role in today’s NBA.

However, contending teams will always have a need for proven scoring depth off the bench. Should he finally be willing to play a reserve role, Anthony will have suitors. Let’s break down the potential landing spots ….

Golden State Warriors: At first glance, it would seem like a patented “best team signs ring-chasing veteran” move. Perhaps it would be, but the two-time defending champs can afford to take such a risk.

Beyond the surface, though, Anthony could actually fill a need for shooting and scoring off the bench. It seems silly to think of Golden State needing more shooting, but it’s actually a bit top-heavy in that regard. Beyond the star trio of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, the Warriors lack shooting depth, especially off the bench.

Anthony shot only 40.5% overall and 32.8% from 3-point range with the Rockets. If he shoots closer to his career averages of 44.9% and 34.7%, Anthony could help make Golden State’s road to a three-peat even easier.

Philadelphia 76ers: Perhaps the best basketball fit for Anthony’s skill set, the 76ers are reportedly “kicking the tires on the idea” of bringing Anthony in.

The 76ers showed they’re all-in for a championship push with the acquisition of Jimmy Butler. They know they’re not a complete product, though, and additional shooting is a top priority, especially since they sacrificed some by trading Robert Covington and Dario Saric to get Butler. 

As with a potential Warriors pairing, Anthony would need to regain top form as a shooter to be the type of impact addition the 76ers would need him to be. However, his career numbers suggest he could help improve Philadelphia’s 20th-ranked 3-point shooting.

Los Angeles Lakers: With the Lakers back in title-hunting mode, the connection to another available star —albeit an aging one — is inevitable. Add in Anthony’s long-time friendship with LeBron James, and it’s practically certain.

The Lakers are in need of more help on defense than offense, but Anthony could still fill a need for supplementary scoring. Josh Hart leads the second unit, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Lance Stephenson have been inconsistent. Any scoring from Tyson Chandler is a bonus. Anthony could be a potent additional option next to Hart and also add flexibility off the bench.

Already a mash-up of big personalities, the Los Angeles locker room would seemingly have little trouble integrating another in Anthony. The Lakers would need to make some moves at the back end of the roster to add Anthony.

New Orleans Pelicans: They aren’t as flashy as the other names on this list, but the Pelicans could be a better basketball fit for Anthony, one that could provide a boost in a needed spot for a promising young team with hopes of advancing further in the playoffs.

Elfrid Payton has been out with an ankle injury for nearly three weeks. Without him, New Orleans has had a tough time finding playmaking when Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday are off the floor. With Anthony leading the second unit, he could assume the lead role off the bench and allow coach Alvin Gentry to rest Davis and Holiday at the same time.

The Pelicans’ fast-paced offense would seem to be ill-suited for Anthony. But as the top option on the reserve unit, Anthony would be able to slow things down whenever he wanted and use his versatility on the wing or the low block, places he has excelled before.

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Packers coach explains why he didn’t go for it with Aaron Rodgers on critical fourth down

With just under four and a half minutes left to play against the Seahawks on Thursday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy had to make one of the biggest decisions of the game. 

With the Packers trailing 27-24 and facing a fourth-and-2 from their own 33-yard line, McCarthy had the option of keeping Aaron Rodgers on the field to go for it or he could punt. 

Of course, this is Mike McCarthy we’re talking about, so you probably already know what he did. The Packers ended up punting the ball to the Seahawks, who then proceeded to melt away the final 4:11 of the game to give Seattle a 27-24 win

With the Packers trailing by three points and only holding one timeout, the choice here seemed pretty simple: You put the ball in Rodgers’ hands with the expectation that he can get two yards. If you’re going to gamble, it makes sense to gamble on one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Rodgers had thrown for 332 yards up to that point and the Packers were averaging an impressive 7.5 yards per play. 

Instead, McCarty decided to gamble on his defense, which was a weird decision for two reasons: The Packers hadn’t been able to stop the run the entire game, and they were going to have to

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Why Les Miles Left $5 Million of His LSU Buyout on the Table

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4 winners and 3 losers from another Packers-Seahawks classic

The Seattle Seahawks had their backs against the wall and playoff hopes on the line Thursday night. Then in the fourth quarter, they put together a 75-yard touchdown drive to steal a 27-24 win against the Green Bay Packers.

Aaron Rodgers finished the night with 332 passing yards and two touchdowns. But when he had a chance to drive the field for a game-tying field or go-ahead touchdown, the Seahawks defense held to preserve the win.

Now, the Seahawks are 5-5 and in the thick of the NFC Wild Card race. Green Bay fell to 4-5-1 on the year with all five losses coming in road games. It’ll be an uphill climb for the Packers to get back in the competitive NFC North race with the Vikings and Bears battling for the top spot.

Here are four winners and three losers from Thursday:

Winner: The Seahawks running backs

The Seahawks’ rookie first-round pick, Rashaad Penny, had a breakout game last week against the Rams, and he looked the part again in Week 11. Early in the game, he dazzled with a 30-yard run that left many Packers defenders looking silly:

Penny was banged up on the run, though. He finished with only eight carries for 46 yards, but that cleared the way

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Injuries, a suspension and more Melo-drama: Unpacking Houston’s odd opening month

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HOUSTON — Just before the season opener tipped off, James Harden joined Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta in the middle of the Toyota Center court for what was billed as an MVP presentation. Harden’s trophy was there, but after a video celebrating his MVP campaign played, Fertitta focused his intense energy on spinning things forward.

Microphone in hand, Fertitta hyped up Houston’s hopes to claim a championship trophy — an accomplishment he has said the Rockets were “a hamstring away” from last season, referring to the injury that sidelined Chris Paul for the last two games of the Western Conference finals after Houston took a 3-2 series lead against the champion Golden State Warriors.

“We’re a better team this year!” Fertitta yelled to the crowd, a bold rally cry that ran contrary to conventional wisdom: The Rockets actually took a significant step backward during the offseason.

A few hours later, the Rockets were run off their own floor by the New Orleans Pelicans, suffering a loss more lopsided than any Houston had during the 2017-18 regular

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LSU Tigers, Les Miles reach $1.5 million buyout agreement

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Former football coach Les Miles on Thursday reached a settlement with LSU for a one-time, lump-sum payment of $1.5 million on his remaining guarantee from the school.

LSU still owed Miles $6.5 million in guaranteed salary after firing him in September 2016. He hasn’t coached since.

At the time of his dismissal, Miles was owed about $9 million, to be paid in monthly installments until 2023. But Thursday’s agreement absolves LSU of any remaining funds owed to Miles, who coached the Tigers from 2005 to 2016 and went 114-34 while leading LSU to a national championship in 2007.

Sources told ESPN on Thursday that Miles met with Kansas athletic director Jeff Long last week to discuss the Jayhawks’ job for 2019. Long and Miles know one another from their time at the University of Michigan in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Kansas announced Nov. 4 that David Beaty would not return as coach.

The Jayhawks (3-7) face No. 6 Oklahoma on Saturday.

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said he had discussed a settlement with Miles’ representatives for several weeks.

“It’s time for both parties to move forward,” Alleva said in a prepared statement. “One of the challenges of the buyout that was in place was there just wasn’t a lot of incentive to move on to other things. We were looking to provide that, and Coach Miles and his representatives also were ready.”

A message left for Miles’ agent, George Bass, was not immediately returned.

Miles, who turned 65 on Saturday, is 141-55 in 15-plus seasons as a head coach at LSU and Oklahoma State.

Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks LIVE SCORE UPDATES & FANTASY STATS (11/14/18) | NFL Scores Week 11

The NFC North Green Bay Packers (4-4-1), led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, meet the NFC West Seattle Seahawks (4-5), led by quarterback Russell Wilson, in a Week 11 NFL football game on Thursday, November 15, 2018 (11/15/18) at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.

Here are our picks and predictions for the game.

We’ll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game. Check the scoreboard above and click on the stats link.

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Here’s what you need to know:

Who: Packers vs. Seahawks

What: NFL, Week 11

When: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

Where: CenturyLink Field

Time: 8:20 p.m. Eastern


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Line: Seahawks -2.5 (Over/under: 49)

Packers notes: QB AARON RODGERS threw 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.1 rating last week. Passed for 311 yards in last meeting. Has 10 pass TDs vs. 2 INTs for 101.5 rating in 7 career starts vs. Sea. In his past 4 on road, has 1,252 pass yards (313 per game) with 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 98.5 rating. Is 1 of 2 QBs in 2018 (DREW BREES) with 15+ TD passes (17) less than 2 INTs (1). Has 7 TD passes vs. 0 INTs for 114.1 rating in his past 2 Thursday games. * RB AARON JONES had career-high 172 scrimmage yards (145 rush, 27 rec.) 2 rush TDs,

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Chris Cuomo: Trump promised to do better than anyone, but he’s fallen short

CNN’s Chris Cuomo discusses President Donald Trump’s efforts to support US troops after cancelling a visit to a WW1 American cemetery in France during a ceremony celebrating the 100 year mark since the Armistice that saw the end of World War 1.#CNN #News

Don Lemon slams Florida recount efforts: Figure it out

CNN’s Don Lemon criticizes machine recount efforts in Florida after 3 counties failed to meet the deadline. #CNN #News

Tammy Duckworth: Trump failed in supporting troops

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) said that President Donald Trump has “failed miserably when it comes to supporting our troops and their families.” #CNN #News