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(Sam Sharpe/USA Today Sports Images)

After agreeing to terms with Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee, the New York Knicks are trying to create more cap space by trading one of its players, ESPN's Ian Begley reports.

The Knicks have approximately $8.5 million in cap space after the two signings, according to Begley. He writes:

If the Knicks choose not to renounce Lance Thomas and keep their qualifying offer to Langston Galloway, as expected, they would have about $4.6 million in space. This number, though, presumes they rescind cap holds to their remaining free agents, including Derrick Williams, Sasha Vujacic, Lou Amundson and Kevin Seraphin.

Noah agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal, while Lee agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract. Carmelo Anthony will earn $24.5 million next season, Kristaps Porzingis $4.3 million and Derrick Rose $21.3 million, according to Basketball-Reference.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Kevin Seraphin, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Lou Amundson, Sasha Vujacic
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Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings takes a shot over New York Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Raj Mehta/USA Today Sports Images)
Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings takes a shot over New York Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Raj Mehta/USA Today Sports Images)

In order to get value, an NBA team normally has to give it back. Unfortunately for the Knicks, as Thursday's trade deadline approaches, the likes of Jose Calderon, Kyle O'Quinn and Kevin Seraphin would appear to be the team's most movable assets. How desirable such pieces are to opposing teams remains to be seen.

For better or worse, these are the pieces the Knicks have. While that might not be ideal, the Pistons appear very inclined to deal Brandon Jennings, and New York has been monitoring him for months. Though Jennings is still coming into his own again following an Achilles injury, he does boast career averages of 16 points, six assists and a 35 percent clip from deep. Playing just 18 minutes per contest this season, Jennings is doing so mostly between Detroit's budding point guard star Reggie Jackson.

All of this makes him expendable to a large extent, and the Knicks stand to benefit. The Pistons may value the pieces New York has to offer as potential key contributors for a steady playoff run ahead. Calderon would provide veteran leadership, and the frontline pieces could perhaps add value more so than Jennings at this point. Two of the three aforementioned pieces, perhaps with a future second-round pick to sweeten things, might just do the trick. 

Tags: Jose Calderon, Kevin Seraphin, Kyle O'Quinn, Keith Schlosser
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 (Jason Getz)
(Jason Getz)

Kristaps Porzingis and Kevin Seraphin will both be available for the Knicks on Wednesday night against the Jazz, the team said.

Lance Thomas (sore left knee) will not be available.

Porzingis left Monday night's game against the 76ers in the fourth quarter and missed all of overtime. 

Seraphin was out on Monday due to a bruised right rib.

Tags: Kevin Seraphin, Kristaps Porzingis
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

F Carmelo Anthony will be available for Monday afternoon's game against the 76ers, the Knicks announced (Jan. 18).

Head coach Derek Fisher said Anthony will start and that his minutes will not be restricted.

Anthony had missed the last two games due to a sprained right ankle he suffered on Tuesday against the Celtics.

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New York Knicks point guard Jerian Grant (13) dribbles the ball around Orlando Magic shooting guard Mario Hezonja (23) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)
New York Knicks point guard Jerian Grant (13) dribbles the ball around Orlando Magic shooting guard Mario Hezonja (23) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)

As the Knicks wrestle with a sub-.500 record, finding a consistent level of competitiveness has been a key objective. Thus far, it's been somewhat of a struggle. While they manage to compete against very talented contending teams, New York has difficulty putting up such an effort on a nightly basis, and is sometimes unable to take care of the victories that should come easier.

This was once again the case on Monday night, as the Knicks let the Orlando Magic run circles around them offensively all night long. Their defensive effort was feeble at best. While the Knicks managed to hover close all night long with a strong offensive outing themselves, they couldn't get the necessary stops when they needed them.

Despite boasting one of his stronger offensive outings as a Knick thus far, defensive anchor Robin Lopez couldn't slow down Magic big man Nikola Vucevic to save his life. The center attacked the basket (and Lopez) continuously, cashing in for easy buckets. Whereas Lopez struggled, it's difficult to say whether or not Kristaps Porzingis or even Kevin Seraphin would have had more success in the situation. Vucevic was a key factor for Orlando, and it's likely his own progress was the difference between winning and losing for the Knicks. He led all scorers with 26. Here are some other observations from the loss.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Jerian Grant, Kevin Seraphin, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Robin Lopez, Keith Schlosser
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 (Russell Isabella)
(Russell Isabella)

Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said after Wednesday's loss to the Jazz that he might change the starting lineup.

The Knicks, who have lost four games in a row, have been using Kristaps Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony, Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon, and Arron Afflalo.

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Jose Calderon, Kevin Seraphin, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis drives the ball against Houston Rockets power forward Terrence Jones. (Gregory Fisher)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis drives the ball against Houston Rockets power forward Terrence Jones. (Gregory Fisher)

No Carmelo Anthony proved to be no problem for the Knicks on Sunday night. Taking on the Rockets as their star sat out with an illness, New York shot an impressive 58 percent from the field and saw five players score in double-figures. Four players dished out 4 assists. The ball movement was there, and so was the efficiency. Stepping up for Anthony, Arron Afflalo was assertive, attacking the basket and knocking down a plethora of jumpers from the corners en route to scoring 31 points. Kristaps Porzingis wasn't far behind with 20, but he was even more impressive as he crashed the boards and manned the paint. He gave the Knicks a very strong interior presence against the likes of Dwight Howard and Clint Capela.

Their offensive effort helped the Knicks jump out to a commanding lead, but their defensive effort wasn't bad, either. New York held James Harden, the league's second-leading scoring, to just 36 percent from the field. They made him work for his points, and kept him at bay pretty much until he finally began to persevere with the game on the line.

Alas, much of this would make it sound like New York went home with a victory. But this wasn't the case. The game came down to a few last minute poor decisions down the stretch, including some missed timeout opportunities, poorly run plays, and an inability to keep up the same type of effort from start to finish. Here's a look at some more observations from the game.

Tags: Aaron Afflalo, Derrick Williams, Houston Rockets, Kevin Seraphin, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony moves the ball during the third quarter against the Miami Heat. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony moves the ball during the third quarter against the Miami Heat. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

NEW YORK -- Less than a week ago, the Knicks were 8-6 and riding high after going into Oklahoma City and Houston and coming away with wins.

That seems like ancient history now after New York dropped its third straight game, falling to the Miami Heat, 97-78, at Madison Square Garden.

On Sunday, the 8-9 Knicks will face a Rockets team that they beat last Saturday. The Rockets needed 50 points from James Harden on Friday night to keep the Sixers winless with a 116-114 victory in Houston.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Kevin Seraphin, Adam Zagoria
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On Sunday, Kevin Seraphin's 12 point performance not only represented his best of the season, but also the first time he's scored in double-fingers since the Knicks' first preseason game. It was also the first time, since, that he had played more than 13 minutes in a game.

The 25 year old fought through a nagging injury in the preseason, but since regaining form, hasn't gotten the minutes such aforementioned performances suggest he needs.

This has seemingly been the case for many other Knicks so far in the early goings, such as Derrick Williams, Kyle O'Quinn, and even Robin Lopez. New York has had multiple games where Coach Derek Fisher has ushered every one of his soldiers out onto the hardwood. While it's one thing to say the season is still young and it's worthwhile figuring things out, such experiments are detrimental to the players who clearly deserve and require the minutes to be productive.

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Rivalry Check is an ongoing series in which we preview 10 of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

New Faces:?It was certainly not a busy offseason in the nation's capital, as the Wizards have added only a few role players to surround their core talent. Among the new additions is former New York Knicks forward Al Harrington, who after missing almost all of last season will attempt to add some depth to the frontcourt.

Earlier in the offseason, the Wizards addressed their backcourt. The team added veteran point guard Eric Maynor to back up John Wall. Maynor fell out of the rotation in Oklahoma City, but at times was a valuable backup for the Thunder.

Tags: al harrington, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Singleton, Emeka Okafor, eric maynor, glenn rice jr., j.r. smith, Jan Vesely, jason collins, john wall, Kevin Seraphin., Knicks, Nene Hilario, otto porter, Raymond Felton, RivalryCheck, Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker, Sam Spiegelman
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