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Saving the Skyhook Podcast #8

Last night myself and staff writer Sam Kuperman ran the two man game for Saving the Skyhook Podcast #8.

We kicked off the show discussing the Raymond Felton drama, then moved on to potential destinations

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Kyle Lowry Headed to the Big Apple?

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The New York Knicks are looking for guard help. The Toronto Raptors are seeking to rid themselves of Kyle Lowry‘s expiring contract. Thus, the two teams have discussed a potential trade that would send Lowry to the Big Apple in exchange for Raymond Felton and one another player – possibly Tim Hardaway Jr., according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

The Knicks are reportedly unsatisfied with the play of Felton and are looking to upgrade at the point guard position. The 29-year-old, however, will be out 2-3 weeks with a hamstring ailment that he suffered in Wednesday night’s win over the Chicago Bulls. This was a pre-exisiting injury after missing four games late last month with the same issue.

After shipping Rudy Gay off to Sacramento last week, it appears Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri is trying to tear his team down in order to build it back up. Lowry, 27, is averaging 14.6 points and 6.7 assists in over 36 minutes per contest this season, numbers that would all lead the Knicks’ point guards if he joined the squad.

Yet, while the Knicks seem like the frontrunners for Lowry’s services, it does not appear they are the only team interested in the Villanova product.

It will be interesting to see who wins the Kyle Lowry sweepstakes, and what New York is willing to give up for the help they need.

Update (2:40 P.M. ET):

Ian Begley of ESPN NY has reported that Iman Shumpert‘s name has come up in trade talks.

Update (3:00 P.M. ET):

Howard Beck of Bleacher Report reports that the Raptors interest in Shumpert is very low.

Update (4:15 P.M. ET):

Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Knicks are thinking about adding their 2018 first-round pick to the deal.

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Steep Grade Ahead: Coaches, Players and the Folly of Summative Assessment

Photo by Ed Uthman on Flickr

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Grades. Basketball fans love to give them. We like to grade trades and drafts and a team’s offseason

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Reaction: Carmelo to the Knicks

The trade we’ve been talking about for a millennium finally went down last night, as Carmelo Anthony got his wish and is now a member of the New York Knicks. Some are saying that the Knicks gave up too much to get him, while others believe that there way no way they could pass on a talent like Carmelo.

What do we think? Well, here’s what the STS crew had to say following last night’s deal:

James Holas – This trade makes me think of the classic Kenny Roger’s joint that’s now the anthem for every wanna be poker player: “You gotta knooow, when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em/Know when to walk away. Know when to run!” Continue Reading

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NBA Roundtable: Mavs, Knicks, and Who is the Best PG in the NBA?

NBA fans, welcome to a new weekly feature here on Saving the Skyhook, as we’ve gathered up a couple of writers from around the FanSided NBA network to participate in a discussion on the hot topics around the league. Each week we will invite writers to join us to give their thoughts on certain topics, which allows a variety of opinions on the big happenings in the Association. Continue Reading