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Chandler Never Thought Carmelo Would Leave Knicks

Tyson Chandler never thought Carmelo Anthony would leave the New York Knicks in the offseason.

The Dallas Mavericks were one of the teams who pursued Anthony in free agency, along with the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets.

Chandler was recently asked if he tried to recruit Anthony to the Mavericks.

“It wasn’t strong,” Chandler said with a laugh. “I didn’t ever think he was coming. I didn’t think Carmelo was ever leaving New York. I talked to him because it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t. But I never thought he was going anywhere. I thought if anywhere he was going it was to the Lakers. But when the Lakers didn’t have a strong enough roster to tempt him.”

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post

D.J. Mbenga Signs With Knicks

The New York Knicks have signed D.J. Mbenga.

Mbenga, 7-0, 240-pounds, holds career averages of 1.8 points and 1.5 rebounds over 6.7 minutes in 234 games (four starts) over seven seasons with Dallas, Golden State, L.A. Lakers and New Orleans. The Democratic Republic of Congo-native, who won two NBA titles with the Lakers (2009 & 2010) and last played in the NBA for New Orleans in 2010-11. He spent the last two seasons playing overseas in China (2012) and the Philippines (2013) after beginning his professional career in Belgium (2001-04).

Via RealGM Staff Report

Carmelo Anthony Wants To Play For USA In 2016 Olympics

Carmelo Anthony is open to playing for Team USA in what would be his fourth and final Olympic games in 2016.

“If I do play, that’ll be my final one,” Anthony said. “That will be four Olympics for me. I want to play. I want to play. I haven’t talked to nobody about it yet. I heard (Kevin Durant) said he wanted to play. I know LeBron (James) said that’s too far ahead, which it is. A couple of years from now, you never know what’s going to happen. I would love the chance to get back out there.”

After earning a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Anthony helped the national team capture gold in Beijing and London.

Via Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Carmelo Considers Himself NBA's 'Most Underrated Superstar'

Carmelo Anthony re-signed with the New York Knicks this past offseason amid interest from several top NBA clubs.

But Anthony feels he's underappreciated. 

“I think I’m the most underrated superstar that’s out there, but that doesn’t matter to me,” Anthony told ESPN, according to a story posted Wednesday on its websites. “I know what I’m capable of doing. I know the grind and the hard work I put into this. I know how consistent I’ve been over my career. To do it day in and day out and night in and night out on a very consistent basis year in year out, I know what I can do and I know the work I’ve put in.

“So as far as caring about if I’m underrated as a superstar, and getting the respect I deserve, I don’t worry about that. In due time, if everything goes well, I will get it.”

Asked if he is bothered that he is not recognized as being in the same class as Kevin Durant and LeBron James, Anthony replied: “I know, personally, I’m there. It doesn’t bother me. These (critics) are all people that maybe never accomplish anything, that just sit back and write articles all day long about what they see. They’re kind of living through us out there on the basketball court. “I don’t worry about me being put up there. I know night in and night out I’m gonna go out there and put my work in regardless of win loss or draw. I’m still going to go out there and be the best player I can be.”

Via Peter Botte/New York Daily News

Sources: Knicks Not Discussing Extension With Shumpert

The New York Knicks and Iman Shumpert's representatives have not had contact about a contract extension, according to sources.

The Knicks have about four weeks to start talks with Shumpert, but they are content to to let him become a restricted free agent next summer.

The Knicks explored trades for Shumpert in the offseason but could not find equal value for their 2011 first round pick.

Via Ian Begley/ESPN

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 and business partner Stuart Goldfarb, former VP of NBC, launched Melo7 Tech Partners this summer.

Knicks Hire Assistant Coach With Close Ties To Kevin Durant

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

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

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

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

Phil Jackson and Steve Mills have conveyed to Thanasis Antetokounmpo that he's in the Knicks' plans.

Carmelo: Leaving Knicks 'Was Close'

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

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.
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