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Elton Brand To Consider Knicks After Nearly Signing Deal Last Offseason

Apr 28, 2015 10:44 AM

Elton Brand received interest from the New York Knicks last offseason and nearly signed with the team after speaking to Phil Jackson.

“It was at the deadline, at 12:01 a.m., then we spoke that morning,’’ Brand said. “It was surprising just because of his stature. It wasn’t surprising of what he was trying to do to rebuild that team and putting in that work. But it was surprising because he is who he is. It was like being in L.A. with the Clippers and all the championships he won when I was there.”

The Knicks offered Brand the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million, but the veteran forward chose to re-sign with the Atlanta Hawks on a $2 million deal.

“It definitely went down to the wire — the pros and cons,’’ Brand said. “Growing up in Westchester a big fan. It came down to the team. The team at this stage of my career, I knew what we had here, and we had a chance to go a little further. That’s what it came down to at the time.

“I got to make a decision if I’m going to play and come back. [The Knicks] are definitely on the radar for sure. Yeah, I’m thinking about it. Moving on to something else, but I still also love to play and still feel good. I’m going to look at both options.”

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: Elton Brand, Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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LaMarcus Aldridge Expected To Be Pursued By Spurs, Mavs, Knicks, Lakers

Apr 23, 2015 11:19 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to be pursued by the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent in July.

The Spurs and Mavericks reportedly believe they have a shot to sign Aldridge.

Aldridge is a four-time All-Star having played his entire career with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Blazers can offer Aldridge more money and an extra guaranteed season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Phil Jackson: Getting 2-3 Players With Talent Changes Direction Quickly

Apr 21, 2015 11:15 AM

Phil Jackson faces another critical offseason running the New York Knicks.

While Jackson's challenge last summer was to re-sign Carmelo Anthony, he must decide what to do with a high lottery pick this year.

"We hope that it's a rejuvenation for our team," said Jackson of the Knicks' impending offseason.

Jackson reiterated that he'd consider trading the Knicks' first round pick but that he'd prefer to develop the pick into a franchise talent.

Jackson also said how quickly NBA teams can improve.

"Getting two or three players with talent changes your direction quickly," said Jackson.

Jackson is also looking forward to the rising salary cap.

"We're moving into a new direction of free agency."

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Carmelo Wants Knicks To Keep Lottery Pick

Apr 16, 2015 11:57 AM

Carmelo Anthony believes the New York Knicks should keep their high lottery pick.

The Knicks finished with the second worst record in the NBA.

Anthony explained that the Knicks have enough cap space to sign veterans in free agency.

Anthony also said he hasn't lost any faith in Phil Jackson.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Greg Monroe Expects Sit Down With Knicks At Appropriate Time

Apr 15, 2015 8:28 AM

Greg Monroe is expected to receive interest from the New York Knicks in free agency.

“We are well aware the Knicks have cap space and we will sit down with them at the appropriate time,’’ David Falk said. “Now is not the appropriate time.’’

A recent report said the two sides are "about as close to a done deal as you can get."

“It’s so silly,’’ Falk said. “It’s factually incorrect and completely unsubstantiated.

“Do I think he’d be a good fit for the Knicks? Absolutely. He’d be a good fit for 30 teams. Can he work in the triangle? Sure. He played the Princeton offense at Georgetown. He could play in the rhombus. He’d be a great fit for any system.’’

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ricky Ledo Signs With Knicks For Remainder Of Season

Apr 8, 2015 11:11 AM

The New York Knicks have signed Ricky Ledo for the remainder of the season.

Ledo was previously on a 10-day contract with the Knicks.

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Chris Copeland, Wife Stabbed Outside Manhattan Nightclub

Apr 8, 2015 10:45 AM

Chris Copeland, his wife and another woman were stabbed early Wednesday morning outside a Manhattan nightclub.

Copeland was stabbed in the abdomen, and his wife, Katrine Saltara, was stabbed in the arm and slashed across the breast and backside, according to police. 

The Pacers are in New York to play the Knicks on Wednesday night.

"We are aware that Chris Copeland was injured early this morning in New York City," Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird said in a statement. "We are still gathering information and will update when we know more. Our thoughts are with Chris and those injured."

The NYPD said the incident occurred just before 4 a.m. outside the 1Oak Club on West 17th Street. 

Police say Copeland and his wife were arguing on the street when a group interfered. Police say the argument escalated until one man pulled out a knife. Copeland suffered a knife wound to his left elbow and abdomen.

Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic of the Atlanta Hawks also were at the scene and arrested and released for obstructing the crime scene, authorities said.

ESPN

Tags: Chris Copeland, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Injury

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Knicks Prepared To Re-Sign Andrea Bargnani If He'll Accept Vet's Minimum

Apr 7, 2015 4:34 PM

The New York Knicks will consider bringing Andrea Bargnani back because of his offensive talent, but aren’t planning to use their cap space to do so.

The Knicks would surely agree to keep Bargnani on the veteran's minimum, but another team may outbid them on the free-agent market.

“He’s an extremely talented player and the injuries limited him reaching his ceiling,’’ Derek Fisher said. “Whatever the future holds, the way he’s finishing the season is not only showing us, but other teams as well, he’s a very capable player at this point and trying to prove that to everyone, including us. If he’s back, that’s great. If not, he’ll do great no matter the situation.’’

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: Andrea Bargnani, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Won't Solicit Offers For First Round Pick

Apr 2, 2015 8:16 PM

The New York Knicks will have one of the top first picks in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Phil Jackson said the Knicks will not solicit offers for the picks, but that they will "sit back and see what comes towards you."

Steve Mills said the Knicks have already received two calls from teams interested in their first round pick.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Westchester Fires Kevin Whitted As Head Coach

Mar 30, 2015 12:53 PM

The Westchester Knicks of the D-League have fired Kevin Whitted as head coach.

Craig Hodges will take over head coaching duties for the final games of the season.

The two coaches had tension throughout the season running the triangle offense with the second-worst record in the D-League.

Whitted, a first-year coach, was hired by Westchester general manager Allan Houston, his former Tennessee teammate.

 

Hodges is a Jackson disciple.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: New York Knicks, Westchester Knicks, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Ricky Ledo Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Knicks
Ricky Ledo has played in five games with the Knicks.

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Alexey Shved Sidelined 2-3 Weeks With Incomplete Fractured Rib
Alexey Shved will be reevaluated in approximately 2-3 weeks.

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Marc Gasol Hasn't Begun Considering Free Agency
Marc Gasol will be one of the most highly coveted free agents in the offseason and will receive interest from the Knicks.

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Knicks To Sign Ricky Ledo To 10-Day Contract
The Knicks will sign Ricky Ledo to a 10-day contract.

Mike Fisher/Fox Sports

Andrea Bargnani, Knicks Have Mutual Interest On Return
Ettore Messina believes that Andrea Bargnani is perfectly suited for Phil Jackson's triangle offense, noting that he's more effective in the high post.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Phil Jackson: Knicks' Season Project 'Went Awry'
Phil Jackson expects to re-sign some players who are not under contract for next season.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Knicks Interested In Re-Signing Andrea Bargnani
Phil Jackson is reportedly a believer in Andrea Bargnani's game due to his length, post defense and ability to score and pass in the triangle offense.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Derek Fisher Not Involved In Knicks' Decision To Fill 15th Roster Spot
Derek Fisher was asked about whether the Knicks will fill their 15th roster spot.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Knicks Heavily Scouting Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein
Phil Jackson and the Knicks' front office have traveled to scout several practices of the Kentucky basketball team.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Jose Calderon Suffers Strained Achilles
Jose Calderon will not dress for Saturday's home game versus Toronto.

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Phil Jackson Likely To Be Fined For Commenting On D'Angelo Russell
Phil Jackson will likely receive a fine for commenting on D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Carmelo Anthony Played Most Of Season With Partial Tear In Knee
Carmelo Anthony played most of the season with a partial tear of the left patellar tendon.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Phil Jackson Critical Of Knicks Following Loss To Cavs
The Knicks have a 10-45 record for the season.

Peter Botte/New York Daily News

Pablo Prigioni Traded By Knicks To Rockets For Two 2nd Rounders
Pablo Prigioni gives the Rockets more depth at point guard.

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Suns Focused On Goran Dragic Talks With Celtics, Rockets, Kings
Goran Dragic prefers a trade to the Heat, Lakers or Knicks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Carmelo Anthony To Miss Remainder Of Season
Carmelo Anthony will undergo knee surgery in the near future.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Suns Accept Goran Dragic's Trade Request, Will Try To Find Trade
The Lakers, Knicks and Heat are reportedly on Goran Dragic's wish list.

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Lakers, Knicks Interested In Miles Plumlee
The Lakers and Knicks are reluctant to add salary for the 15-16 season, but Miles Plumlee is set to make just $2.1 million.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Thanasis Antetokounmpo Likely To Sign With Knicks In Offseason
The Knicks have consistently had a clear plan to sign Thanasis Antetokounmpo in the 2015 offseason and the meeting last week reinforced the belief.

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Amar'e Stoudemire Leaning Toward Signing With Mavericks
The Mavericks, Clippers, Suns and Spurs are interested in Amar'e Stoudemire.

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