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Phil Jackson Has Distanced Himself From Lakers

Feb 1, 2015 1:19 AM

Phil Jackson, as well as Derek Fisher, insist that they have closed the chapter on their former team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jackson was nearly re-hired by the Lakers during the 2012-13 season.

“It’s been four years [since I was there], so I’ve kind of just divorced myself from them,’’ Jackson said.

Fisher added he will not really feel anything extra when facing the Lakers.

“Not necessarily,’’ Fisher said.

Brian Lewis/New York Post

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Knicks Assign Cleanthony Early To Westchester

Jan 30, 2015 12:35 PM

The New York Knicks have assigned Cleanthony Early to the Westchester Knicks of the NBA D-League.

It marks Early's first assignment of the season.

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Knicks To Sign Lance Thomas For Remainder Of Season

Jan 29, 2015 2:10 PM

The New York Knicks will sign Lance Thomas to a contract for the remainder of the season when his current 10-day deal expires.

Thomas was originally acquired via trade in early January and was then waived. Thomas has been on two 10-day contracts with the Knicks.

Thomas has averaged 11.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 25.8 minutes per game in six appearances with the Knicks.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Lance Thomas, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lou Amundson Agrees To Sign With Knicks For Remainder Of Season

Jan 29, 2015 11:14 AM

The New York Knicks have reached agreement with Lou Amundson on a deal for the remainder of the season, a league source told RealGM.

Amundson has been on two 10-day contracts with the Knicks.

The Knicks acquired Amundson in a trade earlier this month with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder before he was waived.

Amundson has averaged 4.7 points and 6.5 rebounds in 23.2 minutes over six games with the Knicks, supplying Derek Fisher's lineup with energy and a mindset formed by several postseason runs over his NBA career.

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Kevin Durant Willing To Consider Knicks In 2016

Jan 29, 2015 11:01 AM

The New York Knicks will be in play for Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent in 2016.

“No question about it,” says a person close to Durant. “Kevin loves Carmelo (Anthony). It could work in New York. But never rule out the Thunder.”

Durant is also close to Derek Fisher, a former teammate with the Thunder.


Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Kevin Durant, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Langston Galloway, Knicks Agree Upon Two-Year Contract

Jan 27, 2015 12:59 PM

Langston Galloway and the New York Knicks have agreed upon a two-year contract, a league source tells RealGM.

Galloway's deal is partially guaranteed for next season.

Galloway has averaged 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 28 minutes per game in eight appearanes with the Knicks.

Galloway went undrafted out of Saint Joseph's in 2014.

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Langston Galloway, Knicks In Talks On Deal

Jan 26, 2015 6:46 PM

The New York Knicks held negotiations with Langston Galloway on a new contract Monday, with multiple NBA teams prepared to engage if he's set free, league sources told RealGM.

Galloway is on his second 10-day contract with the Knicks, ending Monday night.

The two sides failed to reach an agreement through then, and they'll carry over discussions to Tuesday.

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Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry Headline 2015 NBA All-Star Starters

Jan 22, 2015 7:05 PM

Stephen Curry was the leading vote-getter for the NBA 2015 All-Star Game, beating LeBron James.

Western Conference Starters
Stephen Curry, Warriors
Kobe Bryant, Lakers
Anthony Davis, Pelicans
Marc Gasol, Grizzlies
Blake Griffin, Clippers

Eastern Conference Starters
John Wall, Wizards
Kyle Lowry, Raptors
LeBron James, Cavaliers
Carmelo Anthony, Knicks
Pau Gasol, Bulls

Voting Results

Western Conference Frontcourt

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, 1,369,911
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, 795,121
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, 700,615
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, 546,817
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, 545,226
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, 498,131
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, 465,334
Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, 348,275
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, 292,557
Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings, 144,702
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, 132,150
DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, 117,816
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder, 107,223
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, 99,039
Tyson Chandler, Dallas Mavericks, 98,654

Western Conference Backcourt

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, 1,513,324
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, 1,152,402
James Harden, Houston Rockets, 1,069,368
Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, 551,167
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, 365,417
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, 314,254
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, 248,758
Rajon Rondo, Dallas Mavericks, 219,506
Jeremy Lin, Los Angeles Lakers, 216,246
Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies, 103,015

Eastern Conference Frontcourt

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, 1,470,483
Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls, 974,177
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, 647,005
Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards, 570,005
Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, 542,006
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, 386,208
Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors, 231,741
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls, 203,718
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic, 129,293
Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks, 121,938
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, 114,955
Al Jefferson, Charlotte Hornets, 110,980
Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn Nets, 106,820
Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls, 103,645
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, 86,717

Eastern Conference Backcourt

John Wall, Washington Wizards, 886,368
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, 805,290
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, 789,839
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, 535,873
Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, 455,756
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, 379,994
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, 159,123
Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks, 83,900
Lou Williams, Toronto Raptors, 82,135
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, 55,014

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Carmelo: Tanking Is Bad Mentality

Jan 22, 2015 11:00 AM

The New York Knicks have won two straight games for the first time since Nov. 2, but they still have the NBA's worst record.

Carmelo Anthony is opposed to tanking the season for a higher draft pick.

"I don't know how to have that mindset," Anthony said Wednesday night after the Knicks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 98-91 to improve to 7-36. "Having that mindset as a basketball player, as a competitor, it's just hard to do unless you don't care about the game, what happens and your performance. To say that we're going to go out there and we want to lose a basketball game, I think that's a bad mentality to have."

Anthony has been playing this season with knee soreness that will likely eventually require surgery.

"I think the most important thing is just a matter of how much work I've been able to put in with my overall body these two weeks," Anthony said before the game. "So that's kind of what's getting me through right now, not having to compensate my knee, and everything else is feeling good."

Ian Begley/ESPN

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion

Jan 21, 2015 11:15 AM

The average NBA franchise valuation is now a record $1.1 billion.

There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

The Los Angeles Lakers lead the way at $2.6 billion, up 93% over last year. 

The value of the New York Knicks shot up 79% to $2.5 billion, ranking the team second overall.

Rounding out the top five are the Chicago Bulls ($2 billion), Boston Celtics ($1.7 billion) and Los Angeles Clippers ($1.6 billion).

6. Brooklyn Nets: $1.5 billion
7. Golden State Warriors: $1.3 billion
8. Houston Rockets: $1.25 billion
9. Miami Heat: $1.175 billion
10. Dallas Mavericks: $1.15 billion
11. San Antonio Spurs: $1 billion
12. Portland Trail Blazers: $940 million
13. Oklahoma City Thunder: $930 million
14. Toronto Raptors: $920 million
15. Cleveland Cavaliers: $915 million
16. Phoenix Suns: $910 million
17. Washington Wizards: $900 million
18. Orlando Magic: $875 million
19. Denver Nuggets: $855 million
20. Utah Jazz: $850 million
21. Indiana Pacers: $830 million
22. Atlanta Hawks: $825 million
23. Detroit Pistons: $810 million
24. Sacramento Kings: $800 million
25. Memphis Grizzlies: $750 million
26. Charlotte Hornets: $725 million
27. Philadelphia 76ers: $700 million
28. New Orleans Pelicans: $650 million
29. Minnesota Timberwolves: $625 million
30. Milwaukee Bucks: $600 million

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Knicks To Sign Lou Amundson, Lance Thomas To Second 10-Day Deals
The Knicks have reached agreements to sign Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas to second 10-day contracts, league sources told RealGM.

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Langston Galloway Will Sign 2nd 10-Day Contract With Knicks
Langston Galloway will remain with the Knicks for at least another 10 days, a league source tells RealGM.

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Knicks Don't Have Executive Plugged In Around NBA
The Knicks don't have anyone who regularly calls around the NBA to gauge the value of players, according to a source.

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Carmelo Anthony Concedes Knee Surgery Likely At Some Point
Carmelo Anthony hasn't played since Dec. 31.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Knicks Trying To Trade Bargnani, Calderon But Not Amar'e
The Knicks are actively attempting to trade away Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani, but Amar'e Stoudemire could be re-signed.

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Knicks Sign Lou Amundson, Lance Thomas To 10-Day Contracts
Both Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas were originally acquired as part of a three-team deal on Jan. 5, but then waived on Jan. 7.

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Carmelo Treating Surgery As Last Resort, Looking To London, ASG
Phil Jackson said Saturday that surgery is a possibility for Carmelo Anthony, who has missed eight straight games with soreness in his left knee.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Phil Jackson Takes Blame For Knicks' Struggles
Phil Jackson thought the Knicks would be a playoff team this season, but they instead have the worst record in the NBA at 5-35.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Lance Thomas To Sign 10-Day Deal With Knicks
The Knicks have reached agreement with Lance Thomas on a 10-day contract, league sources told RealGM.

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Lou Amundson Could Re-Sign With Knicks On 10-Day Contract
Lou Amundson was acquired this week from the Cavaliers and then waived.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Carmelo: Everything Starts Now With Trusting Phil's Plan
Carmelo Anthony hasn't spoken to Phil Jackson since the trade.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Lance Thomas To Be Waived By Knicks
Lance Thomas is known as a good locker-room guy with limited skills.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Knicks Sign Langston Galloway From D-League
Langston Galloway will debut for the Knicks on Wednesday.

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Knicks Likely To Make Another Run At Reggie Jackson
The Thunder have been adamant about keeping Reggie Jackson, who will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Knicks Could Next Attempt To Trade Jose Calderon
Phil Jackson is stripping down the Knicks' roster and Jose Calderon has two seasons remaining on his deal.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Knicks Encouraging Carmelo Anthony To Rest Injured Knee
Carmelo Anthony has been resisting the idea and has wanted to keep playing.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Dion Waiters Traded To Thunder, Cavs Acquire Shumpert, J.R. Smith
Dion Waiters has been traded to the Thunder, while J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert are now Cavaliers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Carmelo Anthony Could Eventually Sit Remainder Of Season
Carmelo Anthony has been playing with soreness in his left knee since the second game of the season.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Knicks Allow Carmelo Anthony To Decide Playing Status With Injured Knee
Carmelo Anthony has received expansive treatment on his knee.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Derek Fisher Focused On Bigger Picture
Carmelo Anthony described Derek Fisher as "always cool, calm and collected, regardless of what the situation is."

Andrew Keh/New York Times