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RealGM Radio: On The Atlantic Division With Kharpertian, Weiss

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) focuses on the Atlantic Division with Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game (@uuords) and Jared Weiss of CLSN Radio and CelticsBlog (@CLNS_JaredWeiss). 

The three work through an eventful off-season in terms of players and coaches alike from the Jason Kidd fiasco to the major New York / Dallas trade that brought Jose Calderon to the Knicks.

In addition, they also preview the upcoming season including ranking the teams in the division 1-5 and predicting how many of them will make the playoffs.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Knicks Sign Orlando Sanchez

The New York Knicks have signed Orlando Sanchez to a camp deal.

Sanchez played collegiately at St. John's.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jim Dolan Spending Less Time Around Knicks, Not Involved In Free Agency

Jim Dolan says he has taken a step back as owner of the New York Knicks, ceding control of basketball operations to Phil Jackson and Steve Mills.

“I am definitely spending less time with the Knicks,” Dolan said.

“I’ll be fine. I have a tremendous amount of confidence in Phil and Steve, and that is the part that I would say is definitely much better from last year. With the two of them in there, I’m confident they’re going to find a way. And there won’t be anything for me to do.

“It was always my intention to have other people do it. But it was also my intention that the other people would win. We didn’t always do that. A good executive, when things aren’t going well, gets down and finds out what’s going wrong and tries to fix it.”

An early test for Dolan and the new front office came in July when Carmelo Anthony faced free agency and the Knicks made other roster moves.

“I simply said, ‘If you need me, call me,' ” Dolan recalled about Jackson, pausing for half a beat. “He did not call me.”

“Jim’s told me he’s been really glad that he hasn’t had to delve into it,” Jackson added.

Jackson did approach Dolan when the Knicks were in negotiations with Steve Kerr to become the team's coach. Kerr ultimately took the job with the Golden State Warriors.

“I wanted to know how flexible he was in that territory, and he was,” Jackson said.

Via Scott Cacciola/New York Times

Knicks Sign Langston Galloway, Travis Wear

The New York Knicks have signed Langston Galloway and Travis Wear.

Both Galloway and Wear played for the Knicks in the NBA Summer League.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Carmelo Never Wants To Deal With Free Agency Again

Carmelo Anthony never wants to deal with the free agency process again after signing a five-year, $124 million deal.

“I plan on ending my career here, so it wasn’t for me to go out there and try to strike a two-year deal and then have to go through this situation in two years. I’m not doing that ever again. I would never do that again. I would advise no one to ever do that,” Anthony said. “I experienced it and it’s behind me.”

Anthony noted a move also would have meant restarting his brand from scratch.

“I just felt if I was to leave, I would have to … build that foundation up once again, and it took me a while to build that foundation and to get it up and going to where it’s at right now,” Anthony said.

Via Fred Kerber/New York Post

Carmelo Hopes To Become Pioneer As Athlete In Digital Media

Carmelo Anthony has ambitious plans as a businessman. 

Anthony and business partner Stuart Goldfarb, former VP of NBC, launched Melo7 Tech Partners this summer. The company invests in startup firms specializing in digital media, Internet consumer ventures and technology-based operations.

“I want to brand myself as the digital athlete,” Anthony said Thursday at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit in Manhattan. “Nobody really took that place. There’ve been athletes that came before me that were doing what I’m doing and there are going to be people after me that are doing what I’m doing.

“But I really want to be the pioneer for that digital athlete, and when it comes to tech I want to be the face of that space,” said Anthony.

Anthony has noted how Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and David Beckham have become known worldwide for their business interests.

“At the end of the day, we all know what’s my day job: basketball,” Anthony said. “That’s what my brand is built on, but I’m trying to take my brand to the next level, make it bigger, make it stronger.”

Via Fred Kerber/New York Post

Knicks Hire Assistant Coach With Close Ties To Kevin Durant

The New York Knicks hired Brian Keefe on Tuesday as an assistant coach.

A source says Keefe is very close with Kevin Durant, who will become a free agent in 2016.

Keefe spent seven seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the first two as a developmental coach before being promoted to assistant coach.

“He’s Durant’s guy,’’ the league source said. 

During last season, Durant noted Keefe had put him in his place regarding body language and attitude.

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Knicks Hire Jim Cleamons, Rasheed Hazzard, Brian Keefe, Joshua Longstaff For Coaching Staff

The New York Knicks added Jim Cleamons, Rasheed Hazzard and Brian Keefe and Joshua Longstaf to their coaching staff on Wednesday.

Per team policy, terms of the deals will not be disclosed.

Kurt Rambis will also serve as an assistant coach on Derek Fisher's staff.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Thanasis Antetokounmpo Turned Down Significant Money In Europe To Remain In D-League

Thanasis Antetokounmpo chose to play in the D-League for just $25,000 while turning down significant financial offers in Europe.

Antetokounmpo wants to play in the NBA and believes playing for the New York Knicks' D-League affiliate will help accomplish that goal.

According to agent Tim Lotsos, Varese offered Antetokounmpo a two-year deal worth $550,000 with an opt-out to join the NBA after one year. Olympiakos in Greece and Sevilla in Spain also offered him deals.

“Amazing isn’t it?,’’ Lotsos told The Post in a phone call from Greece. “To my surprise, he passed on it. He’s very ambitious and determined to make the NBA. It’s a big sacrifice. It could’ve really put him ahead of schedule in his career. I didn’t try to force him. I wanted him to make his own decision.’’

Last season, before Thanasis was drafted, Antetokounmpo played in the D-League.

“He spoke with Steve Mills and Phil Jackson,’’ Lotsos said. “He felt he’s in their plans in the future. They don’t have room for him on the roster, but they supported the idea of keeping [him] within the system and working and improving. He felt they do have a plan for him but they didn’t guarantee anything for next year.’’

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Carmelo: Leaving Knicks 'Was Close'

Carmelo Anthony decided to re-sign with the New York Knicks in July after strongly considering joining the Chicago Bulls.

“It was close, it was close. I don’t even like to talk about that no more,” said Anthony. “This is home. There is no place like New York. Although the other situations were very intriguing, there is no place like New York.”

Anthony's college coach, Jim Boeheim, thought he should have left the Knicks for the Bulls to have a better shot at winning a championship.

“I haven’t heard that. I know [Boeheim] says some crazy stuff. That’s my guy. He’s been the same way for 40 years. But at the end of the day, man, with what we’re trying to create here in New York, it’s a new culture and a new identity and we’re trying to create that,” Anthony said. “As far as me staying here, a lot went into that decision. At the end of the day, I did have to believe in Phil (Jackson), I did have to believe in my teammates. So that’s all that matters.”

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post

New York Knicks Archives

Thanasis Antetokounmpo Joining Knicks' D-League Affiliate After Considering Europe Deals

Thanasis Antetokounmpo has decided upon playing next season with the Knicks’ affiliate in Westchester, sources told RealGM.

Knicks To Hire Jim Cleamons As Assistant Coach

The Knicks will hire Jim Cleamons as an assistant coach on the staff of Derek Fisher.

Phil Jackson Buys $4.85M Midtown Manhattan Apartment

There were questions on how often Phil Jackson would be in New York as has long kept residences in Manhattan Beach and Montana.

Knicks Guarantee Contract Of Quincy Acy For 14-15

Quincy Acy will earn $912,000 next season.

Carmelo Anthony To Receive $62M Annual Salary Advance Over Five-Year Deal

Carmelo Anthony will not receive half of his $124 million deal this year but will get it annually in salary advancements.

Carmelo Anthony Appearing To Lose Weight

Carmelo Anthony posted a picture on his Instagram that showed an apparent weight loss.

Mark Warkentien Signs New Deal To Remain In Knicks' Front Office

Mark Warkentien has signed a new deal with the Knicks after nearly taking a similar position with the Grizzlies.

Knicks Acquire Acy, Outlaw From Kings For Ellington, Tyler, 2nd Round Pick

The Kings are expected to release Jeremy Tyler and use the stretch provision on Wayne Ellington.

Knicks Trying To Clear Roster Spot By Trading Ellington, Prigioni

The Knicks are attempting to trade Wayne Ellington and Pablo Prigioni to create a roster spot.

Ujiri: Luckily For Raptors Kyle Lowry To Knicks Trade Didn't Happen

The Raptors were at a crossroads in early December after trading Rudy Gay and keeping Kyle Lowry long-term seemed unlikely.

Report: Knicks Offered Amar'e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Jr. To Wolves For Kevin Love

The Timberwolves reportedly declined the Knicks' offer.

Carmelo Struggled To Choose Between Knicks, Bulls

Carmelo Anthony believes the Knicks aren't too far away from becoming a contender.

Shannon Brown Released By Knicks

Shannon Brown was released by the Knicks on Wednesday.

Andrew Bynum May Sit Out 14-15 Season, Knicks Interested In Him If Healthy

Andrew Bynum is considering sitting out the entire 14-15 NBA season in order to undergo the Regenokine knee therapy procedure.

Jackson: Lakers Were Looking For Long-Term Coach In Hiring D'Antoni

In an update to Phil Jackson's autobiography, he outlines how talks to return to the Lakers in November of 2012 unraveled.

Carmelo Has No-Trade Clause In $124M Deal With Knicks

Carmelo Anthony's contract with the Knicks is worth $124,064,681 over five seasons. Anthony also has a no-trade clause and a 15-percent trade kicker.

Jason Smith Signing With Knicks On One-Year, $3.3M Deal

Jason Smith has signed a one-year contract with the Knicks worth the taxpayer midlevel exception of $3.3 million, league sources told RealGM.

Jackson Believes Bargnani Will Bring Value In Knicks' New System

While Phil Jackson attempted to trade Andrea Bargnani this offseason, he believes he can have value on the floor this season for the Knicks.

Carmelo Took $6M Less In Salary, Re-Signs With Knicks For $123M

Carmelo Anthony will create about $2 million in additional cap space in 2015.

Chris Andersen Agrees To Re-Sign With Heat After Late Push From Knicks

Chris Andersen has agreed to re-sign with the Heat on a multiyear deal.
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