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Knicks’ Leon Rose plays it safe with media, Mitchell trade: ‘We’re thrilled with where we are’ Hawks trade Harkless, second-round pick to Thunder for Vit Krejci Lonzo Ball says ‘I can’t run’ or jump; Bulls’ Donovan has to plan for extended absence Deandre Ayton says he hasn’t spoken to coach Williams since Game 7 Report: Lakers would have traded both first-round picks for Irving, Mitchell

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Leon Rose continues to reinsure.

With the New York media, he was reinsured from the very arrival – he does not meet with them. Instead, he again addressed this week to the MSG network – owned by Knicks Governor James Dolan – so he doesn’t have to face tough questions or defend decisions.

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He also reinsured himself in Donovan Mitchell trade talks without going all-in to get the All-Star out of Utah. Mitchell is in Cleveland now and over the next 12-24 months we will see if it was the right thing to be careful. Here is Rose’s explanation of the situation in that MSG interview (hat tip Stefan Bondi of the New York Daily News).

“We went through this process and at the end of the day we made the decision to stay put. And we’re excited about where we are. Looking at the summer, we are fine with what happened.”

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Like any grandmaster this time of year, Rose said he likes his team and its chances this season.

“One of our main goals was to create internal stability. Signed R. J. Barrett, the first player expansion since Charlie Ward. We have kept Mitchell Robinson. He is a player who has developed over the past few years and we are very lucky to have been able to keep him. This summer we have the number one point guard among free agents. Jalen Brunson. Therefore, we are very good about the summer.”

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In interviews, Rose has also defended Tom Thibodeau and his decisions as a coach, despite rumors that he is in a hot seat. Rose said there was no pressure on Tibs.

The Knicks should be better this season with Brunson, plus Barrett should take it one step further. New York’s problem is that much of the East has gotten better – Cleveland, Atlanta, Washington, and more – and that roster is likely still keeping the Knicks fighting to get into the game.

Rose deserves credit for being patient, trying to build a culture and a foundation, and not just throw Dolan’s money at an aging superstar. He didn’t do anything stupid, which is a step forward in New York. But he, too, has not done anything bold yet, he was just playing it safe.

At some point, Rose and Knicks will have to put in their chips and go all-in. But as long as they are reinsured.

The Atlanta Hawks just saved some money by getting under the luxury tax. The Oklahoma City Thunder were selected in the second round due to contract issues.

Hawks exchanged Mo Harkless and a second round pick in favor of The Thunder for Vit Krejci announced by the teams (Shams Charania of The Athletic was the first).

This would save Atlanta just over $3 million, moving them from above the luxury tax line to $1.3 million below it. While the almighty dollar was the primary motivation at ATL, the Hawks also took on the development project. Krayci showed great promise as a rookie, playing in 30 games and averaging 6.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per night before undergoing a knee endoscopy in April.

Krayci was on the verge of making the team in Oklahoma City, and now the Thunder are picking a guy they could have turned down anyway in the second round.

Harkless, 29, is on an expiring $4.6 million contract, which fits in nicely with the Thunder’s handicapped exemption. Chet HolmgrenFoot injury at the end of the season.

The Thunder are expected to waive Harkless and buy him out, making him a free agent. However, they could keep him and see if another trade could get them another round two pick.

Officially, Lonzo Ball will be out 4-6 weeks after he had a knee endoscopy this week.

However, this is his second operation on his left knee this year – he had surgery on his meniscus in January, after which he was never able to return to the court – and there are fears that Ball could again miss significant time. And coach Billy Donovan has no choice but to schedule an extended absence.

On Tuesday, Ball spoke to reporters on Zoom, and his words were too optimistic. Rob Schaefer reported on the call for NBC Sports Chicago.:

“Literally, I really can’t run. I can’t run or jump. There is a range of 30 to 60 degrees when my knee is bent that I have no strength and I can’t catch myself. Until I can do what I can’t play,” Ball said. “I went to rehab and got better, but I couldn’t go outside and run full speed or jump. So surgery is the next step.”

The symptoms are something that Ball says he has never experienced, and doctors are “a little surprised,” he says.

It’s not good when doctors are surprised. Ball said the doctors don’t see anything on the MRI, but there’s clearly something wrong, so they’re going to find the problem and fix it.

Ball was diligent in recovery from the very beginning, the problem was knee pain. Something was wrong after the first operation. Whatever it is.

In 4-6 weeks, Ball will be back in early November, but you know they’ll be too careful with him after last year. Coach Billy Donovan was honest – he should be planning a season without Ball.

The Bulls need Ball in the deep and complex East. It provides protection, accelerates the pace in transitions and takes care of the rock. There are other players in Chicago who can do the same individually. Alex Caruso can protect Coby White pushing the transition, Goran Dragic taking care of the ball – but the Bulls are missing one player who can do it all. At least they don’t have it until Ball gets back.

Whenever it was.

In Game 7 against the Mavericks last May, the Suns coach Monty Williams center bench Deandre Ayton, who ended up playing just 17 minutes in a crushing loss to Phoenix. When asked about it after the game, Williams said, “This is an internal matter.”

According to Ayton, Ayton and Williams have not spoken since.

Yes. Remember, that…


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