Former Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy still lives in Houston and has a good read on that franchise. And Van Gundy, recently named a Team USA coach for the Americas Tournament and World Cup qualifiers, isn’t sure Carmelo Anthony is “a natural fit” for a Houston team trying to dethrone the Warriors.
In Las Vegas working the summer league final four Sunday and Monday for ESPN, Van Gundy told The Post in a phone interview the Rockets need more defense, not more offense, after the Chris Paul bonanza.
“I think they have a lot on their plate integrating Paul and [James] Harden,” Van Gundy said. “They’re not going to be better offensively than they were last year. They were the second-best team in the league offensively. I thought they had defined roles everyone knew. [Coach] Mike D’Antoni did a fabulous job getting them to play on a consistent basis. The Chris Paul trade, there’s going to be some ups and downs, but they’re better equipped to win in the playoffs. Particularly if Harden has a bad night, they still have a superior player to play through. Their improvement is going to have to be defensively. So I’m interested in the Carmelo thing. I don’t necessarily see it as a natural fit.’’
The Knicks and Rockets have halted talks on the four-team trade with the arrival of general manager Scott Perry, who wants a chance to sit down with Anthony to pick his brain.
Source: Marc Berman of the New York Post
Brandon Jennings to play Next Season in China
Guard Brandon Jennings, who spent last season playing for the Knicks and Wizards, tells ESPN’s Marc Spears that he has accepted a one-year, $1.5 million deal to play for China Shanxi.
Source: Marc Spears of ESPN
Sources: Knicks Agree to Deal with Ramon Sessions
Free agent guard Ramon Sessions is finalizing a one-year deal with the New York Knicks, league sources tell The Vertical.
Sessions, Knicks have agreed on a one-year, $2.3M minimum deal.
Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical
Sources: Warriors Re-Sign Center JaVale McGee
The Golden State Warriors are re-signing center JaVale McGee to a one-year contract, sources told ESPN.
The deal is for the veteran’s minimum, the sources said. Golden State now has 15 guaranteed contracts, making their roster complete.
Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN