Sports Illustrated NBA writer Chris Mannix joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about the Carmelo Anthony trade to the Knicks and the possibility the Celtics may make a deal before Thursday's trade deadline.
Mannix felt that the Anthony trade -- which saw the Knicks give up Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick -- was a "no-brainer" for New York.
"You cannot hold up a deal of this magnitude because you think 24-year-old Timofey Mozgov is going to be a franchise center," Mannix said. "He is not a franchise change player the way Carmelo Anthony is. The only real assets I thought the Knicks gave up in this trade were Danilo Gallinari and a first-round pick. And when you break it down, Carmelo is essentially replacing Gallinari and that first-round pick is going to be somewhere in the late teens, early twenties by 2014."
Mannix does feel that the Knicks are now positioned to be a significant factor in the Eastern Conference in the coming years, but cautions those who believe that they will be a threat in 2011.
"I think they are going to be -- at times -- a disaster" said Mannix. "Remember, they just gutted their team of three starters and now they are incorporating a ball-stopping small forward on a team that already has a ball-stopping power forward. Mike D'Antoni is going to have a nightmarish time for the rest of the year trying to incorporate those guys."
A recent ESPN report suggested that the Celtics were interested in a possible deal for Houston's Shane Battier, but Mannix quickly downplayed it.
"You just can't get him. It was almost comical when I read that," said Mannix of the Battier rumor. "Everybody knows that Shane Battier would be great, he comes off the bench and is unselfish. The guy is a brilliant, perfect fit for every contending team in the league. But the simple fact is that the Celtics have zero assets to get him. Even if they offered up Jermaine O'Neal, Avery Bradley and a first-round pick it wouldn't be enough to get Shane Battier … the second I checked in with people in Houston I was scoffed at."
As for who the Celtics might be able to land before Thursday's trade deadline, Mannix pointed to a key member of Boston's 2008 title team.
"No question that they need a back-up small forward, and if the Marquis Daniels injury is as bad as we think, and he's not going to be back this year -- which we still really don't know at this stage -- I would have a hard time seeing Boston winning a championship," Mannix said. "They need to have a quality backup in that spot, like they've had over the last few years … I think right now what Boston is looking at is what they have done the last couple of years, where they see what the buyout situation sort of looks like. And one name to keep an eye on is James Posey out in Indiana. The change to Frank Vogel as head coach out there has totally made Posey irrelevant. In the past, I was told Posey was not interested in securing a buyout. But that could change if he continues not to play. If they could work out a decent deal with James Posey it's possible that he could wind up back in Boston."
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Kirk and Dino gave their thoughts on the next move in Brady vs Goodell.
Tom gave his thoughts on what he saw yesterday in Judge Berman's courtroom.
Jay Feely explains why he was in court with Tom Brady on Monday, and what was said in the robing room with Judge Berman.
Tyler Seguin was partying all summer in Toronto. Former Toronto Maple Leafs CEO Richard Peddie tattled on him. Also, Marshawn Lynch continues to be awkward, as he sells Skittles on cable TV.
Shannon Sharpe was on First Take yesterday comparing Brady's alleged deflating of footballs, to Alex Rodriguez' admitted use of steroids.
We discuss the latest from Judge Berman in the deflategate case, and what it might mean.
We close out the Dale and Holley program with some of the best sound of the day that you may have missed.
We discuss the NFL's insistence and inconsistency when they continue to rely on the term 'integrity' throughout this deflategate process.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
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Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined this week by special guests Jim Callis of MLB.com and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com to discuss what new GM Dave Dombrowski will do with his new prospect system. Also, do the Sox really have the best Farm system in baseball? Finally, Ken travels to Lowell to chat with Spinners' catcher Austin Rei and manager Joe Oliver.
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