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Bulls Were Increasingly Confident Of Carmelo Chances Even Before Cap News

The Chicago Bulls were already feeling increasingly optimistic of their chances of acquiring Carmelo Anthony this offseason, according to sources, and the projected increase in salary cap for 14-15 improves their odds.

The Bulls would have to use their amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer, as well as moving other veteran salary to make Anthony a competitive offer.

The Houston Rockets are also confident that they can create space for Anthony.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Phil Jackson Vowed Changes In Speech To Knicks

Phil Jackson and Jim Dolan addressed the New York Knicks' locker room after the team's season finale, and Jackson made it clear that there will be changes in the offseason.

“Phil was honest; he said it was a disappointing season,” one Knicks player said. “He told us that there will be changes in the locker room and that not all of us will be back."

Jackson also told the Knicks they should be grateful for the job Mike Woodson has done.

Jackson is expected to try to re-sign Carmelo Anthony, but the statuses of Tyson Chandler, Iman Shumpert, Amar'e Stoudemire and others is unclear.

Via Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Pau Gasol To Receive Interest From Knicks In Free Agency

The New York Knicks will be interested in Pau Gasol in free agency, according to a source.

Gasol won two championships under Knicks president Phil Jackson and would not receive anything close to the $19.3 million per year that he made with the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

Gasol would have to accept the Knicks' taxpayer's midlevel exception of approximately $3.2 million.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Carmelo More Concerned About Winning Than Money

Carmelo Anthony will enter free agency after not reaching the playoffs for the first time in his NBA career. Anthony has been with the New York Knicks since February of 2011.

"I want to come back. I want to come back. But I also want to win," said Anthony.

"At this point in my career, I'm not concerned about the money," said Anthony.

The Knicks can offer five seasons and $129 million to Anthony.

"I'm not at the point in my career where I want to rebuild."

Via Ian Begley/ESPN

Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Heat, Warriors Finish In Top-5 In Efficiency Differential

The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. 

The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.

Click here for the full list.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Mike Woodson: I'm The Only Guy For Knicks' Job

The New York Knicks were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday in a down season in the Eastern Conference, leading to uncertainty in the future of Mike Woodson.

"I'm pleased and happy to have been given this opportunity. And if they bring me back, I'm gonna make damn sure that this doesn't happen again next season," Woodson said.

Woodson said he deserves to coach the final season on his current contract.

"Am I the guy for the job? I'm the only guy for this job. I've always said that. I don't mean that in a braggadocios way. But I feel good about what I do as a coach. And I know the system works."

Via Chris Herring/Wall Street Journal

Knicks Sign Lamar Odom To Two-Year Deal

The New York Knicks signed Lamar Odom just 45 minutes before the deadline on a two-year deal.

The Knicks will have an option on Odom's contract for the 14-15 season.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Smith Reiterates Personal Belief Anthony Will Re-Sign With Knicks

J.R. Smith reiterated that "in my heart" he does not believe Carmelo Anthony will leave the New York Knicks in free agency.

Smith has played eight seasons with Anthony, five on the Denver Nuggets and the past three on the Knicks.

Anthony has said he will consider everything that happened this season and around the Knicks in his decision.

Anthony is expected to receive interest from several teams, reportedly including the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, among others.

Via Ian Begley/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony To Rehab Small Tear In Shoulder

Carmelo Anthony was diagnosed with a small tear in his labrum and no surgery is required.

Anthony will sit out the New York Knicks' final two games of the season and will begin rehabilitation.

Anthony will be re-evaluated in one month.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Amar'e Stoudemire Open To Possibility Of Playing For Israeli Club Once NBA Deal Ends

Amar'e Stoudemire says he is open to the possibility of leaving the NBA when his contract ends after next season in order to play for Hapoel Jerusalem, the Israeli club he partially owns.

“We’ll see,’’ Stoudemire said. “You can’t rule anything out. The future is unknown and so if I have an opportunity to [play in Israel] and am still in great health, it would be great. I have one more year left on my deal and we’ll go from there.’’

Ori Allon, head of Hapoel's ownership group, has discussed the chance with Stoudemire before.

“We’ve discussed it in the past,’’ Allon said. “It would be tremendous and unbelievable but it’s still early. I think it’s a real possibility, but he played very well this season so it’s up to him.’’

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

New York Knicks Archives

Clarence Gaines Jr. Expected To Join Knicks' Front Office

Clarence Gaines Jr. was a longtime scout with the Bulls.

Lamar Odom, Knicks Close To Deal With Team Option For Next Season

Lamar Odom is expected to sign with the Knicks this week, barring any unforeseen snags.

Lakers, Knicks, Celtics Miss Playoffs In Same Season For First Time

The Lakers last missed the playoffs in 2005.

Amar'e: Knicks Might Be Best Team In NBA On Paper

The Knicks won't make the playoffs for the first time since Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony were acquired.

Thibodeau: Carmelo Doesn't Get Enough Credit As A Very Good Passer

Tom Thibodeau agreed that Carmelo Anthony's reputation as a selfish ballstopper is overstated.

Anthony Praises Thibodeau's Coaching, Compares System To Popovich

The Bulls and Lakers are expected to be potential suitors for Carmelo Anthony.

Knicks Considering Signing Lamar Odom

The Knicks are weighing whether to sign Lamar Odom before the end of the regular season.

Shumpert Forcing Turnover On 18.5 Percent Of Opponent ISOs

The Knicks have a defensive rating of 102.5 with Iman Shumpert on the floor compared to 111 without him.

Exec: Surprised Knicks Didn't Do More Homework On Bargnani

Andrea Bargnani is averaging 13.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting, but his defense and rebounding are a liability.

J.R. Smith Sets NBA Record For Three-Point Attempts At 22

J.R. Smith set a Knicks' franchise record for three-pointers made.

Carmelo Will Try To Play Through Shoulder Injury

Carmelo Anthony had a season-high nine turnovers in Friday's game and scored 10 points on 5-for-14 shooting.

Study Finds Isiah Thomas As Best Drafting GM Since 1989

Isiah Thomas had a Net Expected Wins Average of +1.7 per pick, with Tracy McGrady, David Lee and Trevor Ariza standing out.

Phil Jackson Acknowledges Carmelo Carrying Heavy Burden

Phil Jackson has already made it clear that he would like Carmelo Anthony to re-sign in the offseason.

Derek Fisher: Coaching Knicks, Even Coaching In General Not On Radar

Derek Fisher has consistently stated he will retire after this season.

Oak Hill Received Six-Figure Royalty Check From Nike For Carmelo Jersey

Nike released an Oak Hill jersey with Carmelo Anthony's name and No. 22 on the back soon after he entered the NBA.

Tim Hardaway Jr. Diagnosed With Sprained Ankle After X-Rays

The Knicks termed Tim Hardaway Jr.'s injury as a sprained ankle.

Carmelo Anthony Hurts Left Hand, X-Rays Negative

Carmelo Anthony injured his left hand and underwent X-rays after the Knicks' win over the Warriors on Sunday.

Source: Kevin Love Likes Idea Of Playing In LA, New York, Chicago

Kevin Love can become a free agent in 2015.

Steve Kerr Could Become Candidate For Warriors If Jackson Leaves

Joe Lacob is known to have been interested in Steve Kerr in the past.

Phil Jackson: We're In A Talent Hunt

Phil Jackson was in attendance for the Knicks' 127-96 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
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