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 3 years ago '04        #10781
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Kenyon to have surgery on his ankle and wants to come back next season
 3 years ago '04        #10782
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Odom officially a Knick
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Ian Begley

NEW YORK -- The Knicks have signed forward Lamar Odom, the team announced on Wednesday.

A league source told ESPN New York that Odom's contract is guaranteed for the remainder of the season and contains a non-guaranteed option for next season. It will be up to the Knicks to exercise the option.

This gives the team an opportunity to work Odom out and determine his fitness before committing to him for the 2014-15 season.

ESPN.com's Marc Stein previously reported that the Knicks, at the behest of new team president Phil Jackson, had been looking into the possibility of signing Odom for the past few weeks.

Jackson coached Odom for five seasons in Los Angeles. Odom won two championships under Jackson and the 2010-11 Sixth Man Award.

He was traded from the Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks after Jackson's final season as Lakers coach in 2010-11 and has since struggled to approach the same level of production he regularly managed under Jackson.

Odom's health is uncertain at this point. The 34-year-old's short stint playing in Spain ended due to a back injury.

The Queens native has spent time in New York since returning from Spain where he played for Laboral Kutxa Baskonia in the Spanish ACB for just two games.

Odom last stint in the NBA was in 2012-13 with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers and Lakers had expressed interest in signing Odom at various points this season after a tumultuous summer off the floor that included his eventual divorce from reality TV star Khloe Kardashian.

During the 2013 offseason, Odom also was arrested on a DUI charge and reportedly suffered from substance-abuse issues.

Both the Clippers and Lakers ultimately passed on signing Odom, leading the veteran to make his return in Spain.
 3 years ago '06        #10784
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lets how bad Odom's back is

i think he's rinsed though.
 3 years ago '04        #10785
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Berman

J.R. Smith sang the praises of the Knicks’ new signee, Lamar Odom, the troubled power forward from Queens who was officially signed Wednesday for the final game of the regular season in Phil Jackson’s first personnel move as team president.

The idea is for the Knicks to try out Odom across the next couple of months to see if he’s worth bringing to training camp. Odom will make a pro-rated $8,500 for the one game — 1/170th of the league’s veteran’s minimum.

More importantly, the former Christ The King star signed for a second non-guaranteed year. If the Knicks deem Odom not worth keeping for reasons stemming from his alleged drug issues, that salary figure of $1.3 million for next season can be thrown into a summer trade if need be for salary-cap reasons to make the mathematics work.

“Lamar’s a great player,’’ Smith said after the Knicks finished their season with a 95-92 win over the Raptors at the Garden. “A championship-caliber game, brings so much intangibles to the game. He’s a glue guy to the championship teams. I’m happy to have him.’’

Odom played five seasons for Jackson with the Lakers and won two titles. Arrested for DUI last summer, he didn’t play this season, other than a brief two-game stint in Spain before he was derailed by back issues. In November, he met in November with the Clippers, with whom he played last season, but they passed.

The 6-foot-10 Odom, who recently split with his wife, Khloe Kardashian, holds career averages of 13.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.7 a.ssists and 33.4 minutes in 961 games (684 starts) over 14 seasons with the Clippers, Heat, Lakers and Mavericks. He appeared in two games for Baskonia (Spain) this season and last played in the NBA for the Clippers during the 2012-13 season, averaging 4.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 a.ssists over 19.7 minutes in 82 games.

As Jackson still feels out the Knicks’ landscape, he brought in a former Bulls ally in Clarence Gaines Jr. last week to be his “eyes and ears,’’ according to an NBA source.

Gaines Jr., whose father was Clarence “Big House’’ Gaines, the legendary Winston-Salem State basketball coach, does not yet have an official capacity and is just helping Jackson out for now, the source said. He could be named to the front office, but not to supplant Knicks general manager Steve Mills. Gaines could help with the expected Knicks coaching search.

Gaines was Jerry Krause’s right-hand man as a Bulls scout when Jackson coached there. Gaines has been hanging around the team for several days and with the front-office staff, including Mark Warkentien, Mark Hughes and Allan Houston.

“Phil’s not comfortable with a lot of people but he’s very comfortable with him,’’ the source said of Gaines. “There’s some good people in the front office and I don’t think he’s intending to clean house.’’’

Kenyon Martin said he will have left-ankle surgery soon, indicating it would be a “clean-up.’’

Martin missed the final two months but said he wants to return next season as a Knick.

“I’ve got a lot of basketball left and I hope it will be here,’’ he said.
 3 years ago '04        #10786
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Mike Woodson said he still hopes to talk to Phil Jackson about remaining as head coach next season, but wouldn’t say if he will help the Knicks team president conduct exit meetings Thursday and Friday with the players.

Woodson said he’d like to find out his status “soon” and he likely will in the next 48 hours.

Woodson is not expected to be retained to finish the final year of his contract and almost a.ssuredly coached his final game Wednesday in a 95-92 win over Toronto, going out on a four-game winning streak. That Woodson said he “won’t comment’’ on whether he’ll join Jackson for the exit meetings spoke volumes about his tenuous status.

Despite guiding the Knicks to a 37-45 record this season, Woodson showed his swashbuckling side when he said, before Wednesday’s game, he still thinks he’s “the only guy’’ for this job.

“If they bring me back, I’m going to make damn sure this doesn’t happen again,’’ Woodson said. “I hope [I’ll know] soon. There’s been enough said about my job all year from you guys. Hopefully soon I’ll know my destination on where I’m going to be.’’

Woodson has one year left on his pact at about $3.3 million. The Knicks’ failure to make the playoffs after last season’s 54-28 gem has him on the firing line, especially with the notion Jackson wants to bring in a new coach to mold in his image.

As Jackson left the Garden Wednesday night, he waved to a small group of media waiting for him at his van but declined to answer questions.

J.R. Smith came to Woodson’s defense after the game.

“I think he’s in a tough situation, a situation he’s been in all year,’’ Smith said. “Not knowing his place or where he’s going to be, whether going to be here or not here. I hate it has to be him because he’s a great person and great coach. I don’t know what it is last year from this year. You get so many praises then so many [slights], it’s amazing.’’

Woodson thinks he should come back because of all the injuries that peppered this disastrous season.

“I said this couple of weeks ago, I’m the only guy for this job and I don’t say that in a braggadocio way,’’ Woodson said. “I’ve always said that. I feel good about what I do as a coach. I know the system works.”

Woodson was a terrific 18-6 as interim coach in 2012 taking over for Mike D’Antoni. He led the Knicks to their first Atlantic Division title since 1993-94 last season, but they fell to the Pacers in the second round of the playoffs. According to sources, Knicks owner James Dolan wasn’t pleased with Woodson’s coaching performance against Indiana.

This season, Woodson can be blamed for the spate of losses in the final minute — a predictable late-game offense that certainly didn’t allow Carmelo Anthony to become a late-game hero. Woodson was also pilloried in January for failing to call a timeout in the final seconds of a loss to Washington to set up a final possession.

“Last season was last season,’’ Woodson said when asked if his 2012-13 record should be a factor. “Totally different personnel. I don’t know how much it will play. I’m not sitting here begging, saying that it should play a major role in me staying here. I can’t make that decision. That’s got to come from the top.’’

If Jackson hires a coach with no experience such as Steve Kerr, a former Suns general manager with whom he is close, it would be a gamble. But Woodson also has not been out of the second round in his head-coaching career and his offense doesn’t resemble Jackson’s selfless attack, instead often resorting to isolation plays for Anthony and Smith.

However, credit Woodson for making Anthony a much-better rebounder and defender. At his first practice as head coach, he huddled with Anthony to read him the riot act regarding being a better all-around player, according to a league source.

“I don’t need to ask,’’ Woodson said about his future. “As a coach, I put myself in position to do the right thing and I think I have done the right thing unfortunately we had some misfortune in terms of injuries. I never used that once as an excuse. Eventually when that time comes, they’ll let me know what they want to do.’’

Woodson was asked if he’d consider staying with the franchise in a different role and said it depended what the position was.

Jackson has no pattern of dealing with coaching firings or hirings as he is in his first month as a team president. A league source familiar with Jackson’s thinking said he would be more “deliberate’’ than not.

Woodson said he doesn’t have timetable for a sit-down with Jackson, but it could come Thursday or Friday.

“We’ve had our little chats,’’ Woodson said. “Again the big chat will be my job security, where I’m going to be. That will eventually come, I’m sure.’’
 3 years ago '04        #10787
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Carmelo Anthony said after his exit meeting with Knicks president Phil Jackson he definitely “wants to stay,’’ that the “grass isn’t always greener on the other side,’’ but competing for a title is still the No. 1 priority in his free-agent decision.

Anthony said he spoke with Jackson for 12 minutes and came away extremely impressed with his communication skills, though he admitted Jackson didn’t map out the plan for the franchise yet.

“I want to come back,” Anthony said Thursday at the Tarrytown practice facility. “I want to come back. If me wanting to be here, if we can put ourselves in a position to compete at a high level over the course of five years, whatever that contract will be, I’m willing to stay here. I never once said I wanted to leave. I always said I want to explore options and see what’s out there.”

In a surprising development, Anthony also gave his strongest endorsement this season of lame duck coach Mike Woodson, saying he’d give him “a recommendation’’ if that’s what it would take for Woodson to return next season.

“Mike Woodson has become a guy I can talk to, almost a father figure, a friend, a guy I can bounce stuff off of,” Anthony said. “I’ve been a guy he’s talked to about multiple things. When that time comes, if it’s ready for me to step up and take the next step, [of answering whether] Mike Woodson needs to stay or go, I don’t think it will come down to that, but I would back him. If he needs my recommendation, here or anywhere else, I’d back him. I have nothing bad to say about Mike Woodson. For me as a player, I had some of my best years under Mike Woodson.’’

Anthony said he enjoyed immensely his conversation with Jackson.

“There was some insight,’’ Anthony said. “Phil always comes with some kind of knowledge. Which is always good. We didn’t get into detail any specifics about anything. We went on a recap of the season. We didn’t get into details about anything specific. His knowledge and wisdom is something I can sit down and listen to all day long. He’s very philosophical. He has a scenario. He has an answer for every scenario. He makes everything clear. Just the way he talks and his delivery and message for me something I can listen to all day.”

Still, Anthony said winning is the only thing.

“At this point of my career, it’s about winning — Nothing else really matters,” he said. “That’s not going to change. That’s still going to be my mindset. It is my mindset. That’s going to be my No. 1 thing.’’

Anthony is hoping Jackson’s plan is not to tank next season in preparation for 2015.

“I’m not at a point where I want to rebuild,’’ Anthony said. “If we can work with the pieces we have and Phil brings his knowledge of running a basketball program to this, we can have a lot of talk.’’

Asked about teams that could be closer to a title such as Chicago and Houston, Melo said, “Other teams that’s out there, the best situation, you never know. Sometimes the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.”

Anthony said of missing the playoffs: “It’s embarrassing. For me. I can’t even put that into words. I can’t describe the feeling.’’

He also said he began rehab for his right shoulder labrum tear on Wednesday.
 3 years ago '06        #10788
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i'm thinking we might get a 2nd round pick this year for some cash
 3 years ago '04        #10789
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 Parkchester said:
i'm thinking we might get a 2nd round pick this year for some cash
i got my money on a late 1st but yeah, 2 2nd rounders might be a better chance


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 3 years ago '04        #10790
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Marc J. Spears

LOS ANGELES – Pau Gasol felt nostalgic in what he admitted might have been his last day with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. He's also excited about his impending free agency and is open to a reunion with former Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who now runs the New York Knicks' front office.

"I'm happy for him and the position that he got," Gasol said. "I'm always going to be a big fan and a friend. I would listen."

Gasol completed his seventh season with the Lakers averaging 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in 60 games. He won two titles with the Lakers under Jackson, but the latter part of his tenure in L.A. has been clouded by constant trade speculation, including a near-deal to the Houston Rockets. He also didn't fit with coach Mike D'Antoni's offense and had two straight disappointing seasons.

Despite the struggle in recent years, Gasol seemed very much at peace during his postseason media briefing on Thursday. The main reason is because he can help decide his own future as a free agent this offseason.

"This year is a little different," Gasol said. "Every time I said [he felt sentimental] is because I didn't know if I was going to be traded. That has been kind of a theme for the last three years. But this year that possibility is out of the question. Now it's because I will be in charge of my future, my destiny and I have to listen to the different possibilities that I will have on the table."

Gasol said he would "listen closely" to the possibility of returning to the Lakers. The biggest reason he'd consider returning is to continue playing with Kobe Bryant.

Gasol, however, also said he had "misunderstandings" with D'Antoni the past two years and was uncertain if the status of the coach would affect his decision. D'Antoni has one more year and a team option remaining on his Lakers contract, but his future with the organization is in question. The Lakers might also want to part ways with Gasol to save money for better free agent classes in 2015 and 2016.

"The last few years I've kept on my mind that this could be my last day here," Gasol said. " 'Let me try to enjoy it. Let me try to make the best out of it.' That has kind of been my mindset the last couple of years. This could be my last day, maybe."

Jackson coached Gasol with the Lakers from 2007-10. Since being hired as the Knicks' president, Jackson has signed former Lakers forward Lamar Odom to a contract and met with former Lakers forward Metta World Peace. The Knicks would be interested in Gasol in free agency, a source said.

Gasol, 33, made $19.3 million in the final year of his contract and isn't expected to get anything close to the type of salary again. Joining the Knicks would likely come with a massive pay cut since the most they can offer – without a sign-and-trade deal – is the taxpayer's midlevel exception, expected to be worth about $3.2 million.

With the Knicks expected to play Jackson's triangle offense and more of a half-court, such a style of play could be attractive to Gasol. Gasol, however, also said he wanted to play on a championship-caliber team and the Knicks didn't make the playoffs this season with Carmelo Anthony.

"I want to enjoy the moment and not be too stressed about it, even though at some point I'm going to have to make a decision," said Gasol, who is improving from his recent bout with vertigo. "It will be exciting. I look at this as an opportunity. For the first, and maybe only time, I will be a free agent where I can choose. It's exciting. It's nothing that I've experienced in the NBA."

Gasol offered his polite goodbyes to the media and Lakers fans as he had in recent years at the end of the season. Thursday's, however, might have been a true farewell.

"I'm very grateful to be a part of this franchise and the city," Gasol said. "I will always be part of this franchise and this city no matter what. If I don't come back, that's how I feel about it. I'm thankful for everything I experienced in this city, the fans, the media, everyone."
 04-18-2014, 01:00 AM         #10791
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 Born_Loser said:
i got my money on a late 1st but yeah, 2 2nd rounders might be a better chance
Any idea who from?
 3 years ago '04        #10792
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 Kitsch said:
Any idea who from?
Just a guess but maybe Charlotte (Phil/MJ connection) or even Phoenix since they own the pacers pick
 04-18-2014, 04:06 AM         #10793
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Just a guess but maybe Charlotte (Phil/MJ connection) or even Phoenix since they own the pacers pick
 3 years ago '07        #10794
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Would be nice to get pau and get rid of tyson and bargs smh I really dont even know why they signed him





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 3 years ago '06        #10795
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 Funeral James said:
Would be nice to get pau and get rid of tyson and bargs smh I really dont even know why they signed him

lets hope Phil can get rid of them for some picks
 3 years ago '04        #10796
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Knicks coach Mike Woodson and Phil Jackson were ironing out a time to meet early next week to discuss his future, according to an NBA source familiar with the situation.

Woodson was not invited to be part of the exit meetings with the Knicks’ 14 players that occurred Thursday and Friday, with Jackson and general manager Steve Mills running them. It was a strong indicator Woodson wouldn’t be asked back.

Woodson has not been told he’s not coming back, the source said. However, The Post has reported Steve Kerr already expects to be Woodson’s successor.

Jackson has kept his distance from Woodson since taking over in March and didn’t travel with the team or attend practices. But Jackson likely would want to pick Woodson’s brain regarding the roster and what went wrong. ESPN New York reported Woodson, if he has no chance to save his job, preferred to have his agent talk with Jackson. But Woodson has been convinced otherwise, the NBA source said.

“He didn’t want to be interfering,’’ one person close to Jackson said on why Jackson stayed away. “It was too late to change anything. What was he going to do, say ‘Here’s the triangle’ for the last five games?”

Woodson has one year and $3.4M left on his pact after Mills exercised his option in training camp to ease the bitterness of GM Glen Grunwald’s firing and ensure he wasn’t viewed a lame duck.

Woodson is expected to be let go next week but the sitdown will be Woodson’s chance to state his case after the Knicks finished the season on a 16-5 run to finish 37-45 – a 17-game fall over last season.

His Knicks record in 2 ½ seasons is 109-79.

”I think it’s been enough said about my job all year with you guys,” Woodson said Wednesday before the season finale. “Hopefully, soon I’ll know my destination in terms of where I’m going to be.”

Lakers big man Pau Gasol will be a free agent this summer and said he wouldn’t mind a reunion with his former coach, Jackson. However, it seems impossible unless Gasol is willing to take the Knicks’ $3.1 million mini-midlevel exception. The Knicks, under new collective bargaining agreement policy, are in a luxury-tax bracket that doesn’t allow them to obtain a free agent through a sign-and-trade.

“I’m happy for [Jackson] and the position that he got,” Gasol said. “I’m always going to be a big fan and a friend. I would listen.”

Gasol said he’s unsure if he wants to re-sign with the Lakers, admitting Mike D’Antoni’s offense didn’t fit him
 3 years ago '04        #10797
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After Marv Albert saw the back page of The Post on Friday, he said he clipped out the picture of Steve Kerr and hung it on his wall. Of course, the former Knicks legendary broadcaster was cracking wise, but his fondness for Phil Jackson’s potential new head coach is sincere.

Albert has been Kerr’s broadcast partner on and off for eight years at TNT, with Kerr’s stint as Suns general manager sandwiched between his time on TV. Albert and Kerr will call the Game 1 of the Wizards-Bulls series in Chicago on Sunday and will be together in Brooklyn for a Raptors-Nets game next weekend.

How much longer they remain TNT’s top duo is up in the air, with Kerr emerging as the clear favorite to replace Mike Woodson and coach the Knicks. A source told The Post’s George Willis he “absolutely expects’’ to get an offer, and with that offer, “he’s definitely going to take it,” the source said.

“I want him to be happy,’’ Albert told The Post. “We hate losing him. He’s been tremendous on the air. He’s a good friend and we hate to lose him — if that’s the case. It’s still up in the air. I think he’d be great in whatever he does.

“[Coaching is] what he wants to do eventually. He’s talked about it the last two years. He wants to be a head coach.’’

Woodson is the Knicks head coach and his situation won’t be resolved until next week, according to NBA sources.

One source close to Kerr said of his candidacy: “I’ll tell you right now, nothing is going on right now” as the Woodson situation plays out.

Another league source said he’d be “surprised’’ if Kerr didn’t inherit the job with Jackson serving as his coaching mentor, ready to install the much-talked-about triangle offense. Kerr won three titles with the Bulls in the 1990’s and two more with the Spurs as a 3-point shooting point guard. Former Knick Jim Cleamons, a Bucks a.ssistant, may be a fit for Kerr’s staff, as he won nine titles with Jackson.

In between his TNT stints, Kerr spent three seasons as the Suns GM while Amar’e Stoudemire’s starred in Phoenix.

“He did very well as general manager, getting to the conference finals, but decided to come back to TV,’’ Albert said.

“He’ll do very well whatever he does. You can’t tell if he’ll be a good coach from TV commentary, except that he’s very smart, has a great way with people. He’s so respected from being with five championship teams and very instrumental because he hit huge shots.’’

“He has a great sense of humor and I need somebody like that. He’s easygoing and has got that rare combo of being up on everything, every player, every move, taking that to another level.

Albert and Kerr also have teamed to do NCAA Tournament games the past three years, and Albert is always surprised how well Kerr is received by current college players.

“They come up to him and challenge him to 3-point contests, wherever we are,’’ Albert said. “Everybody is always so enamored with Steve because of his skill.’’

An alarming statistic for the Knicks is Jackson’s former players have not fared well as head coaches. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the six head coaches who played for Jackson are a combined 186-360. None of them has a winning record.

One of those coaches is Darrell Walker, who now is Woodson’s top a.ssistant. The others are Bill Cartwright, Brian Shaw, Larry Krystkowiak, Lindsey Hunter and Pete Myers.

But along with Shaw, Kerr’s the only one who has kept close with Jackson.

“Steve has a great relationship with Phil and [Spurs coach Gregg] Popovich and he kept the strong relationship,” Albert said. Like I said, he’s one of the great guys.’’

Some in the league were skeptical Kerr would want to live in New York after having a place in San Diego. But Albert disputed the notion.

“It’s not a factor,’’ Albert said. “He’s so adaptable. His wife loves New York. She would have not have a problem. He loves the city. He’s the type of person comfortable anywhere.’’

Albert, who had a falling out with the Knicks, called the team’s two championship seasons on the radio when Jackson was on the roster.

Asked if he was surprised Jackson would work for owner James Dolan, Albert said: “Nothing surprises me anymore. I had a feeling he wouldn’t look to coach because he had nothing more to prove. But he’s always loved New York City.’’
 3 years ago '04        #10798
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bite on my hoes, like Marv Albert
 3 years ago '04        #10799
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Ian Begley

Is Pau Gasol coming to the Garden?

The Laker center told Yahoo! Sports that he’d be willing to listen if Knicks president Phil Jackson wants to talk to him about coming to New York.

"I'm happy for him and the position that he got," Gasol said, according to Yahoo!. "I'm always going to be a big fan and a friend. I would listen."

Gasol and Jackson have history. The former All-Star big man won two NBA titles under Jackson.

He will become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career on July 1.

And, as ESPNLA’s Dave McMenamin notes, “the Lakers currently employing a coach whose style doesn't suit [Gasol's] game. [With] the team in the middle of a rebuild, the big man doesn't know how much he wants to remain a Laker.”

Gasol said the following to reporters in Los Angeles on Thursday:

"I'm going to listen closely to what the Lakers will have to offer and say about the team's situation and position at the time. We know what it is today, but we don't know what it is going to be July 1. See how the draft is going to play out, who they are going to end up drafting. Things like that that can have an impact or an effect on the structure of the team."

Jackson probably won't have much financial flexibility this summer. Even if the Knicks don’t re-sign Carmelo Anthony, they figure to be over the salary cap thanks to contracts for Amar’e Stoudemire ($23.4 million in 2014-15), Tyson Chandler ($14.6 million) and Andrea Bargnani ($11.5 million).

If the Knicks are over the salary cap, they’d have veteran’s minimum contracts to offer free agents. They may also have the non-tax payer mid-level salary exception. That exception allows teams to sign any free agent to a deal with a starting salary of up to $5.3 million.

It should be noted that Jackson has already shown that he’s interested in bringing former players to the Knicks. His first personnel move was to add Lamar Odom to a two-year contract with an unguaranteed second year.
 04-19-2014, 11:07 AM         #10800
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I want Tyson gone, I'm sure the Mavs would want him.
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