If you’re a New York Knicks fan who is already tired of the Joel Embiid trade rumors, buckle up because it’s just the beginning. As soon as training camp starts, more fuel from the James Harden saga will be added to the fire.
Yahoo Sports’ Vincent Goodwill reported the Knicks and Heat are “keeping an eye” on how the Embiid situation will unfold. However, more interestingly, Goodwill said people around the league believe a complete rebuild is what Daryl Morey desires.
"Embiid has said all the right things publicly, but there has to be some residual fatigue in his entire 76ers experience. Morey is responsible for only the past few years, but in totality, many around the league believe Embiid will ask out sooner rather than later — and that a full rebuild is what Morey is covertly hoping for."
If that’s true, Morey is on the right path. Before Harden doubled down on his trade request, Embiid said he was hopeful the guard would be in Philadelphia for the 2023-24 season. Embiid has been his usual troll self on social media, but other than that, he’s been quiet about his future with the Sixers. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
The battle for Embiid won’t be easy for the Knicks if he were made available, but Leon Rose has been preparing for that moment to happen finally.
In other news, before the 2023 FIBA World Cup, Tyrese Haliburton had a special message for United States teammate Josh Hart.
In the two games Haliburton played against New York last season, he averaged 15 points, 8.5 assists, and 2.0 rebounds, shooting 39.3% from the field and 27.3% from three. Haliburton did get hurt late in the third quarter against the Knicks in New York’s 119-113 win over Indiana on Jan. 11.
Haliburton and new teammate Obi Toppin will play the Knicks on Dec. 30, Feb. 1, and Feb. 10, so he’ll have to wait a while to go “crazy” against New York. Jalen Brunson probably had a thing or two to say about that.
More Knicks news
- NBA insider Marc Stein reported Leon Rose and William Wesley attended Joel Embiid’s wedding (subscription required) earlier this summer in the Hamptons. Stein wrote, “while true that Rose and Wesley used to represent Embiid as player agents, it has been suggested that their attendance was not nothing.”
- SNY’s Ian Begley reported the Knicks filed a lawsuit against the Raptors and several members of the organization on Monday “for allegedly stealing proprietary information.” Toronto responded to the lawsuit and said it “strongly denies any involvement in the matters alleged.”
- Team USA wrapped up exhibition play with a 5-0 record after Sunday’s win over Germany. Next up for Jalen Brunson, Josh Hart, and the United States is the team’s first group play game on Saturday against New Zealand at the 2023 FIBA World Cup.
- As a guest on the “To Inspire” podcast, Heat center Bam Adebayo didn’t hold back his thoughts about load management.
- On the “From the Point Podcast by Trae Young,” Lonzo Ball confirmed he’ll be out for the entirety of the 2023-24 season. Ball said that while his recovery from the cartilage transplant surgery he underwent in March is going well, he feels bad for Chicago’s front office.