NBA Rumor Roundup: German Report Claims 3 Times All-Stars Smoked Cigarettes Before Game, Insider Reveals Boston Celtics Are 10 Times Best All-Star Landing Spot, and more

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The NBA rumor mill is set to heat up after a market pause following the Donovan Mitchell trade. The three-time All-Star is heading to the Cleveland Cavaliers, despite earlier reports suggesting he was bound for the New York Knicks.

The Boston Celtics could be the team to watch for the rest of the offseason. Especially after Danilo Gallinari injured his ACL while playing for Italy in the FIBA ​​World Cup Qualifiers. The Celtics could seek backup options in free agency by adding veteran star Carmelo Anthony.

Meanwhile, a German report said Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic was spotted smoking cigarettes and drinking Coca-Cola ahead of Slovenia’s recent game against Germany.

Here are the latest NBA rumors as of September 3, 2022.


Insider Reveals 10 Times NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony’s Best Landing Spots

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns, 2021-22 NBA season.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns, 2021-22 NBA season.

According to Bally Sports’ Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson, the Boston Celtics have expressed interest in signing free agent Carmelo Anthony. The Celtics have suffered a blow as newly signed Danilo Gallinari suffered an ACL injury while on international duty.

Carmelo Anthony had a desire to be in New York to be close to his son, Kiyan Anthony’s progress. Youngest Anthony is entering his second year at Christ The King High School in Queens, NY. Carmelo Anthony has a residence in Manhattan. twitter.com/scoopb/status/…

Robinson listed four other teams as potential contenders for Anthony in descending order. It included the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors.

In a follow-up report, Robinson also mentioned that Anthony’s interest remains in a meeting with the Knicks. This will help her bond with her son, who is entering his second year at Christ The King High School in Queens.


New York Knicks could look for trade options like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander after missing out on Donovan Mitchell

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 2021-22 NBA season.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 2021-22 NBA season.

The New York Knicks have failed miserably in their pursuit of Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell. They had the aces and were favorites for a long time, until the Cleveland Cavaliers swooped in with an offer that the Jazz accepted.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks are going after the next “disgruntled star” in the trading bloc. The report listed OKC Thunder point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as a potential candidate.

“The Knicks will be looking for the next disgruntled player to head to the trade block with the previously mentioned Oklahoma City point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.” – @NYPost_Berman https://t.co/uqgYiBkkzN


German report claims Luka Doncic smoked cigarettes and drank Coca-Cola before Germany game

Slovenia vs Lithuania, FIBA ​​EuroBasket 2022 Group B.
Slovenia vs Lithuania, FIBA ​​EuroBasket 2022 Group B.

Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic has stayed in top form all summer. The three-time All-Star has appeared in international matches for Slovenia. His performances have been top-notch so far and his side have recorded only one defeat during this streak. He came against Germany in the FIBA ​​World Cup Qualifiers. Doncic and company lost the match 90-71.

German website Suddeutsche Zeitung has made a shocking claim. It was claimed that Doncic smoked cigarettes, drank Coca-Cola and played cards the day before the match. However, if the report was true, it didn’t seem to impact Doncic’s performance as he dropped a game-high 23 points.


The New York Knicks wanted to wait until October to sign RJ Barrett for an extension

New York Knicks vs. Washington Wizards, 2021-22 NBA season.
New York Knicks vs. Washington Wizards, 2021-22 NBA season.

The New York Knicks extending RJ Barrett’s contract played a major role in bringing the Cleveland Cavaliers in to trade for Donovan Mitchell. The Cavaliers reportedly pulled out of Mitchell’s draft, but Barrett’s overtime halted talks between the Knicks and Utah Jazz. This paved the way for Cleveland to pursue the three-time All-Star.

New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett is finalizing a four-year rookie extension that could be worth up to $120 million, his agent Bill Duffy of @BDA_Sports + @WME_Sports told ESPN, complicating the commercial pursuit of Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell’s offseason franchise. https://t.co/6KkGm4ch8o

Marc Berman of the New York Post recently reported that the Knicks wanted to wait until October to sign Barrett for an extension. Their preference was to trade him for Mitchell.

The Jazz, however, declined several packages built around Barrett. The Knicks eventually decided to move up the schedule for his extension and signed him to a four-year, $120 million deal.


Miami Heat never made an offer for Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell and Bam Adebayo greet each other during a Utah Jazz vs. Miami Heat game in 2021-22.
Donovan Mitchell and Bam Adebayo greet each other during a Utah Jazz vs. Miami Heat game in 2021-22.

The Miami Heat would be among the teams interested in Donovan Mitchell. However, according to an NBA insider John Gambadoro, the Heat never made an offer for the Utah Jazz star. Miami never had the aces to make a deal.

They would have lost a lot of depth had they traded for Mitchell. The Jazz wanted at least three unprotected firsts and several pick trades to go along with hard-hitting young players.


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