‘NBA This Week’: Is Jimmy Butler available? Will Carmelo Anthony waive his no-trade clause? Can Spurs challenge Warriors in series? And plenty more NBA discussion

We’re coming up on the All-Star break so what better time to take some stock of the NBA than right now? We know that the Warriors are having another ridiculously good season, but there’s plenty of other stories around the league.

On the “NBA This Week,” we talked to some terrific guests about everything that’s going on around the league right now. We interviewed K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Sekou Smith of NBA.com and NBA TV, and Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post.

Link to interview with K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune.

Link to interview with Sekou Smith, NBA.com and NBA TV.

Link to interview with Tim Bontemps, Washington Post.

Link to the “NBA This Week” page.

Among the topics:

–What’s going on with the Chicago Bulls, and is it possible they make a move before the trading deadline. Could the Bulls be ready to part with Jimmy Butler? What’s going on with Rajon Rondo, and could there possibly be any takers for him? Does Fred Hoiberg have control of this team?

There’s nobody better to answer those questions than Johnson, who was around when a guy named Michael Jordan played for Chicago. By the way, the Bulls are in the Bay Area on Wednesday to play the Warriors.

–Is it possible Carmelo Anthony would waive his no-trade clause and allow the Knicks to trade him. If so, we wonder if the Cleveland Cavaliers are a better team than they are now if you substituted Anthony for Kevin Love. Is that something that would be a realistic dice roll for everyone?

We also talk to Smith about the perception of the Golden State Warriors back east, and whether they’ve truly arrived in terms of publicity and popularity. And what would happen if Draymond Green were on another team? Would be an even better player … or would he take a step back not playing with three other superstars? Smith also talks about Warriors coach Steve Kerr and San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, who have spoken out often about the current state of political affairs.

–Bontemps joined us from Seattle, where he was watching two of the best point guards in the country in Washington’s Markelle Fultz and UCLA’s Lonzo Ball. We put Bontemps on the spot, asking him which team he’d pick to finish as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference and likely be Golden State’s first-round opponent.

–We also talked about Briante Weber, whom the Warriors just signed to a 10-day contract.






About Steinmetz

Matt Steinmetz is a veteran San Francisco Bay Area sports journalist. He covered the Golden State Warriors for the Bay Area News Group for more than a decade before becoming a television analyst with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Steinmetz can be heard on "Steiny & Guru" on 95.7-FM The Game in San Francisco, from 12-3.
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