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As the Knicks enter the playoffs as a favorite for the first time since 2001, many Knicks' supporters and detractors alike have harped on the narrative that their playoff hopes are doomed because of their affiliation with Carmelo Anthony. While Anthony is an elite talent and a tremendous player, the narrative goes, he is simply not a "winner" and can't get it done in the playoffs. As evidence, they cite the fact that in his nine seasons in the league, his teams have only gotten out of the first round once.

While the notion of employing team-based results as a definitive basis for analyzing an individual player's success and achievements (particularly the results in the small sample of a short playoff series) has many logical and statistical shortcomings, this narrative has gained so much traction that it was worth looking at. Here is a summary and analysis of each playoff season of Carmelo Anthony's nine-year career.

Summary

2003-2004In Carmelo's rookie season, the Nuggets went 43-39 and grabbed the #8 seed. They would lose to the #1 seed Timberwolves, a team that won 58 games and went on to lose to the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.

2004-2005The next season, the Nuggets would improve by winning 49 games and moving up to the #7 seed. They would lose in 5 games to the 59-win and eventual NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs.

2005-2006Denver took a step back in wins (44) but it was good enough to win their first division title since 1988. They would face the 47-win Clippers and lose once again in 5 games.

2006-2007The Nuggets would stand pat by winning 45 games. Once again they drew the eventual champion Spurs (58 regular season wins) in the first round and lost in 5 games; the Spurs would drop only 4 games the entire playoffs.

2007-2008The Nuggets would win 50 games for the first time in 20 years but in a stacked Western Conference, that was only good enough for the #8 seed. The Nuggets were swept in the first round by the 57-win Lakers, who would win the West before going on to lose to the Boston Celtics in The Finals.

2008-2009The Nuggets would improve to win 54 games and the division title. They defeated the Hornets (49 wins) in the first round and the Mavericks (50 wins) in the second round -- both in 5 games -- before losing to the eventual champs, the Lakers (65 wins), in 6 games in the Western Conference Finals.

2009-2010The Nuggets success continued, as they won 53 games and captured their third division title in five years. As the #4 seed in the West, the Nuggets would play the Utah Jazz (who also won 53 games) and lost to them in 6 games.

2010-2011After being traded to the Knicks, Carmelo’s new team would finish the season with 42 wins, grab the #6 seed and face the Boston Celtics (56 wins). The Knicks would get swept by the Celtics who would lose to the Eastern Conference champion Heat in the second round.

2011-2012In a lockout-shortened season, the Knicks went 36-30 and got the #7 seed in the Eastern Conference. They would lose in 5 games to the eventual NBA Champion Miami Heat (46 wins).

In nine seasons, Carmelo Anthony’s teams have lost to the eventual Conference Champion five times, four of which occurred in the first Round. They lost to the eventual NBA Champion four times. In only 3 of the 9 seasons did his team lose to a team that failed to reach at least the Conference Finals (2006, 2010 and 2011).

Analysis

  1. In nine NBA seasons, Carmelo Anthony's teams have made the playoffs all nine times. While it's true that in 8 of those seasons, his team lost in the first round, in 7 of the 8 instances, they faced a team that had won more regular season games (the lone exception being in 2009-10 when the Nuggets and Jazz had identical records).
  2. In nine seasons, Carmelo Anthony's teams have lost to the eventual Conference Champion six times, five of which occurred in the first Round. They lost to the eventual NBA Champion four times. In only 2 of the 9 seasons did his team lose to a team that failed to reach at least the Conference Finals (2006 and 2010).
  3. Only two times has Carmelo Anthony played a team in the playoffs with a worse regular season record than his own (2009 - first and second Round). His team won both matchups. With the exception of 2010 (when the Nuggets and Jazz had the same record), his playoff losses have all come against teams that outperformed his team over the course of the regular season and then outperformed them -again head-to-head in a playoff series.
  4. In the eight first round series that his teams lost, their opponent won, on average, nine more games than his team. In five of those situations, the W/L differential was greater than 10 games and a series win would have been a major upset. Of the three remaining first round losses, one was to the #1 seed Lakers, who won seven more games than the Nuggets in the regular season and would win the NBA Title that year. The other two first round losses were to teams that won three more games and the same number of games, respectively. Those series were thus winnable, but victory was by no means guaranteed.
  5. In the other two "winnable" series of his career (2009 when they outperformed the Hornets and Mavericks by 5 and 4 games, respectively), Carmelo's teams won in 5 games both times. They then faced the #1 seed, 65-win Lakers (11 more than Denver) and lost in 6 games before the Lakers would go on to win the Finals in 5 games.
Conclusion

While some would try to point to the fact that Carmelo Anthony's teams have not had a lot of success in the playoffs as a remarkable blight on his record, it is nothing of the sort. It is instead the confirmation of a long-understood truth: while having a single elite player on your roster will usually make you good enough to win 45+ games and make the playoffs, it's not enough to contend for a title. While it would have been great to see Carmelo raise his game in the playoffs and help his teams achieve upsets by beating comparably superior teams, such an expectation is not reasonable. He has played on primarily good but not great teams with good but not great players.

If the Knicks lose in this year's Eastern Conference playoffs to any team other than the Miami Heat, it would represent the first time in Carmelo Anthony's career that his team would suffer a playoff loss to an inferior opponent (i.e. a team with fewer regular season victories than Carmelo's). Such an outcome would thus be a disappointing aberration in a playoff career in which his teams have always had a level of success commensurate with reasonable expectations.

I've been saying this forever and I'm happy that the breakdown has been made very clear here. But some Knicks fans don't care about this if the Knicks lose in the first round. We've said from day 1 that Melo gets no excuses this year. He has to make a strong playoff run. He's at the absolute TOP of his game and he has a lot to prove. No one will care if his teammates get hurt around him like in recent years. Or if his coach is forced to sit out due to illness. This is Melo's year to take a major step forward and silence his critics.

End of story.

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Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) and guard Damian Lillard (0) talk during a break in the action against the Golden State Warriors in the second half of game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. (Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports)
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) and guard Damian Lillard (0) talk during a break in the action against the Golden State Warriors in the second half of game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. (Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports)

It has been reported that Carmelo Anthony no longer wants to play for the Knicks, and the Blazers believe the All-Star forward could play for them next season

Portland, which was supposed to act as a third or fourth team in a potential deal involving the Knicks and Rockets, now could possibly land Anthony, according to Trail Blazers guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum

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Melo to the Rockets? 00:03:01
The DNL panel debates the likely hood that Carmelo Anthony will be traded to the Houston Rockets this offseason

Carmelo Anthony does not seek a return to the Knicks next season and has no interest in discussing a future with the team, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Anthony "has made it clear to [the Knicks]: I want to go to Houston, I am not interested in talking to you about being reincorporated back into this New York roster," Wojnarowski said on ESPN.

Blazers guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are still looking to make a push for the All-Star and believe Anthony is "interested" in considering Portland as a potential option. Lillard told Rip City Radio that he thinks Anthony coming to the Blazers is a "real possibility."

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 (Joe Camporeale)
(Joe Camporeale)

Knicks president Steve Mills says that he will allow general manager Scott Perry to make more decisions in determining the makeup of the organization's staff.

"We're going to rebuild what the front office of the Knicks looks like,'' Mills said, according to the New York Post. "I feel really good about a lot of the people we have working for us. But we also know there's room for us to grow and get better if we want to be a first-class organization, and Scott will have the freedom to meet with everyone in our organization.

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Carmelo Anthony is reportedly no longer interested in playing for the Knicks, and wants to get a trade to the Rockets finalized. (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Carmelo Anthony is reportedly no longer interested in playing for the Knicks, and wants to get a trade to the Rockets finalized. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Carmelo Anthony reportedly has no interest in returning to the Knicks, and is seeking a trade to the Houston Rockets.

Elsewhere,The Yankees beat the Twins and immediately after made a trade to aid in their playoff run, the Giants may have the top secondary in the NFL and the Mets drop another game to the Cardinals. 

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DNL: Confidence in the Knicks? 00:03:33
The guys debate whether they have more confidence in the Knicks with Steve Mills and Scott Perry running the show instead of Phil Jackson.

The Daily News Live panel debates whether they have more confidence in the Knicks with Steve Mills and Scott Perry running the show instead of Phil Jackson.


 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

Knicks president Steve Mills justified G Tim Hardaway Jr.'s pricey contract saying the team had to be "aggressive," per Newsday's Al Iannazzone. 

Many bashed the Knicks for giving Hardaway a four-year, $71 million contract being that he has never been a starter in his career, and spent time in the Hawks' development system. However, Mills defended the deal saying they couldn't pass up on a young guard with his potential.

"We watched him, in our opinion, grow over his time in the player development program that they had in Atlanta," Mills said. "So we decided he was a target."

"We felt like there are not that many opportunities in free agency that you have the opportunity to go after a 25-year-old. We made the decision that if you want to pry a restricted free agent away from the incumbent team, you have to be aggressive. So we made a decision to be aggressive."

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Perry and Mills on joint vision 00:04:41
Knicks GM Scott Perry, coach Jeff Hornacek and president Steve Mills share their vision for the team under the new front office structure.

Knicks president Steve Mills and new GM Scott Perry highlighted the team's young core and stressed the importance of defense during Perry's introductory press conference on Monday.

Mills singled out Kristaps Porzingis, the recently-signed Tim Hardaway, Jr., first-round pick Frank Ntilikina, and Willy Hernangomez as the Knicks' young core.

"Player development will be a focus of our organization," said Mills, who noted that he and Perry will "work in tandem in making sure we have a first-class operation."

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GEICO SportsNite: Melo 00:03:06
Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry talk about the future of the organization, including the role of Carmelo Anthony.

Carmelo Anthony will not be bought out and "could easily be a part of" the Knicks next year, team president Steve Mills said on Monday.

Mills said the team wanted to "slow down and regroup" regarding a potential trade of Anthony after hiring new GM Scott Perry last week.

"We've been in contact with his reps and other teams," Mills said, adding that "If there's an opportunity that works for Melo and works for us" the team will consider trading him.

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Carmelo Anthony expects trade talks to resume this week. (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Carmelo Anthony expects trade talks to resume this week. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Carmelo Anthony expects trade talks to resume at some point this week. 

Elsewhere, Steven Matz was knocked around for the second straight time, the Yankees split a four-game series with the Boston Red Sox and Jeremy Lin says the Nets are going to make the playoffs. 

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Madison Square Garden (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Madison Square Garden (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Former Madison Square Garden broadcaster Bob Wolff died Saturday at 96 years old.

Wolff broadcasted New York Knicks and New York Rangers games, among other events, for over 50 years.

His memorable calls include Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, two Knicks NBA titles and the NFL championship game in 1958 between the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts.

Wolff began broadcasting games in 1939 and was indicted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995.

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Apr 7, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. The Hawks won 114-100. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Apr 7, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. The Hawks won 114-100. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

In this week's edition of Steve Serby's Q&A, guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. expressed optimism about his second stint with the Knicks.

Hardaway, 25, said he "has faith in everybody" and believes many of the players could be All-Stars, including himself. After beginning his career as a Knick, Hardaway, spent the last two seasons playing for the Atlanta Hawks and said he wants people to know that things have changed since then. 

"I would tell 'em they're getting a different ballplayer than what they saw previous years," he said. "I definitely grew as a ballplayer, grew as a man on and off the floor. … I just want them to know that they're gonna get the best of Tim Hardaway Jr. 24/7, 365 days of the year, and they won't regret it.

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Scott Perry and Melo drama 00:01:31
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR reacts to the news that the Knicks have hired a GM and halted Carmelo trade talks.

The Knicks and former Kings vice president of basketball operations Scott Perry have agreed to a five-year deal for Perry to become their new GM, the Knicks announced Friday.

The Knicks will send a 2019 second round draft pick and cash considerations to the Kings in exchange for hiring Perry as their GM, reports Sam Amick of USA Today.

The move came just after the Knicks reportedly settled on Steve Mills as their next team president, according to The Record's Steve Popper.

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 (Joe Camporeale)
(Joe Camporeale)

The Knicks have named Steve Mills their new team president, the team announced Friday.

Mills had been running the day-to-day operations of the Knicks in an interim capacity since the team parted ways with Phil Jackson.

It was clear that the Knicks wanted Mills in charge after ex-Cavs GM David Griffin removed his name from consideration due to disagreements over his role if he were to take the job. Griffin wanted say over all basketball decisions, and was looking to bring his own staff in with him. 

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Stefan Bondy on Knicks' moves 00:04:45
Stefan Bondy joins Daily News Live to discuss the Knicks promoting Steve Mills to president and possibly moving Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks and Rockets are nearing a deal involving Carmelo Anthony. (Frank Franklin II/AP)
The Knicks and Rockets are nearing a deal involving Carmelo Anthony. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Knicks are close to trading Carmelo Anthony to the Houston Rockets

Elsewhere, the Nets are interested in JaMychal Green,Bryce Harper says that New York is too hectic of a city for him and Amed Rosario went 0-for-4 in the Triple-A All-Star Game 

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 (Joe Camporeale)
(Joe Camporeale)

ESPYs host, future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning, took some shots at the Knicks in his monologue Wednesday night.

Manning didn't have just one joke about the Knicks, but rather several that focused on their debacles from the Charles Oakley incident to Phil Jackson's firing.

"Kristaps Porzingis couldn't believe how dysfunctional it is at Madison Square Garden, and that dude grew up in Latvia," Manning said. "What a terrible year for the Knicks: They had to escort a former legend out of the builidng for acting like a crazy person, and then there was that whole thing with Charles Oakley.

"Phil Jackson's Knicks are the most embarrassing thing to happen to New York sports, and that includes the time Mark Sanchez ran full steam up his teammate's anus and fumbled a football." 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) high fives Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) high fives Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis and Courtney Lee will both suit up for Team World in the second-ever NBA Africa Game, the league announced. 

The game, which will take place on Aug. 5 in South Africa, will pit Team World vs. Team Africa. Dirk Nowitzki and Kemba Walker will be captain Team World, while team Africa will be led by Luol Deng and Thabo Sefolosha

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 (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks are one of four teams interested in acquiring Shabazz Muhammad, reports Marc J. Spears of ESPN. 

According to Spears, the Hawks, Bucks and Nets are the three other teams pursuing the small forward. 

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press conference prior to the game with the San Antonio Spurs playing against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at the Mexico City Arena. (José Méndez )
NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press conference prior to the game with the San Antonio Spurs playing against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at the Mexico City Arena. (José Méndez )

The NBA has accepted recommendations from the competition committee to improve the speed of the game, the league announced Wednesday. 

Chief among them is that teams will now only have two timeouts over the final three minutes of the game instead of three timeouts over the final two minutes. The maximum number of timeouts has been reduced to 14 per game, while the 20-second timeout has been eliminated, as each timeout will last 75 seconds. In overtime, teams will be limited to two timeouts.

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Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson speaks to guard Eric Bledsoe (2) during the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. The Phoenix Suns defeated the Sacramento Kings 105-103. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson speaks to guard Eric Bledsoe (2) during the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. The Phoenix Suns defeated the Sacramento Kings 105-103. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

With the Knicks looking to add a guard to mentor rookie Frank Ntilikina, the team has reached out to the Suns about Eric Bledsoeaccording to Marc Berman of the New York Post

Bledsoe, 27, has two years and $29 million left on his contract with Phoenix.

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Jan 28, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) handles the ball as Florida State Seminoles guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes (22) defends during the first half of a game at the Carrier Dome. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 28, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) handles the ball as Florida State Seminoles guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes (22) defends during the first half of a game at the Carrier Dome. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks have invited former Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes to training camp, according to the Florida State Seminoles website.

Rathan-Mayes played six games in the Knicks' summer league program, averaging six points, 3.5 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game.

"I'm super-excited to be going to training camp with the New York Knicks," he said, according to the website. "It's an amazing opportunity to be a part of a special franchise."

Rathan-Mayes had the fourth-most assists in school history and scored 1,236 points in 100 games over three seasons.

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Dec 17, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton (5) guards New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) in the fourth quarter at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 127-114. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 17, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton (5) guards New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) in the fourth quarter at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 127-114. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks' new deal with G Ron Baker is worth $8.9 million over two years and includes a player option, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Baker announced the deal on Twitter late last month. 

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Rockets C Nene added more fuel to Knicks F Carmelo Anthony possibly joining him in Houston after posting an intriguing Instagram picture, per the NY Post's Kyle Schnitzer. 

The post, which has since been deleted, shows Anthony in a Rockets uniform with Nene alluding to a reunion with his former Denver Nuggets teammate. 

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The New York Knicks have decided to move forward with Steve Mills (right) as their president. (Julie Jacobson)
The New York Knicks have decided to move forward with Steve Mills (right) as their president. (Julie Jacobson)

 the Knicks plan to move forward with Steve Mills as their team president.

Elsewhere, Jay Bruce disagrees with Terry Collins, Aaron Judge wins the Home Run Derby, and the MLB All-Star Game is tonight. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Hardaway Jr. 00:02:28
Michelle Yu and Stefan Bondy discuss the Knicks' acquisition of Tim Hardaway Jr. and potential forthcoming offseason moves.

Knicks are still a mess 00:03:30
After David Griffin withdrew from consideration to be the Knicks' GM, the Daily News Live panel emphasizes the team's dire situation.

Knicks SG Tim Hardaway, Jr., who agreed to a four-year deal worth $71 million last week, wants Carmelo Anthony to remain on the team.

Former Knicks president Phil Jackson had been attempting to trade Anthony prior to parting ways with the organization, and the Knicks are reportedly still trying to trade him even with Jackson gone.

"Yes, we definitely want him back -- no question," Hardaway Jr. said on Monday, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. "Just having that veteran leader out there on the floor, a go-to guy who can get you a bucket any given moment of the game, it's great. It's great to have that. You want to have that. It'll be tough for him to leave. But like I say, he has to do what's best for him and his family."

Some in Anthony's camp, including his wife, La La, have suggested that he wants to remain with the Knicks or be traded somewhere close in order to remain in close proximity to his son.

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Griffin rejects Knicks 00:01:19
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about former Cavs GM David Griffin removing himself from the Knicks opening.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about former Cavs GM David Griffin being out of the running for a Knicks job.

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Griffin won't join Knicks 00:04:20
ESPN Knicks Reporter Ian Begley joins the show to discuss why former Cavs GM David Griffin removed himself from Knicks GM consideration

Former Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin took his name out of the New York Knicks' front-office search, according to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears.

Griffin, who spent three years as the Cavs' GM before he and the team parted ways in June, reportedly took his name off New York's list when he and the Knicks organization could not agree on a role.

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 (Tony Dejak/AP)
(Tony Dejak/AP)

Former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin withdrew his name from the team's search for a new president. 

Elsewhere, the Mets are shutout, the Yankees drop their first-half finale, the Nets acquire a foward from the Raptors and a pair of Yankees prepare for the Home Run Derby. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Melo a target? 00:01:03
The Houston Rockets extend James Harden for $228 million and eye adding Carmelo Anthony via trade.

The Houston Rockets signed guard James Harden to a four-year contract extension for about $160 million Saturday, and now reportedly are turning to their attention to acquiring the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony.

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Houston Cougars guard Damyean Dotson shoots the ball. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Cougars guard Damyean Dotson shoots the ball. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks second-round pick Damyean Dotson hopes he can have a significant role in New York's backcourt as a rookie.

The 23-year-old Dotson recorded 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists in Thursday's summer-league win over the Miami Heat, which delighted head coach Jeff Hornacek.

"Damyean can really shoot the ball,'' Hornacek said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "He's athletic. The games sometimes gets a little fast when he's thinking what's the next [step] when he should shoot the ball. That's all stuff we can work with him on. He showed he can really stroke it from deep. Shooting is huge, another weapon we can get on the court. He gets an open look, it's a good chance he'll make it.''

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Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is fouled by New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony as he goes in for a lay up during the second half at Philips Arena. (Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is fouled by New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony as he goes in for a lay up during the second half at Philips Arena. (Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports)

Tim Hardaway Jr. will be returning to the Knicks, as the Hawks are not matching New York's 4 year, $71 million offer sheet that was signed on Thursday evening.

Hardaway, 25-years-old, had a breakout season in 2016-17, as he averaged 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He averaged nearly 18 points per game down the stretch of the season, while showing improved energy on the defensive end of the floor.

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Daily News Live: Knicks' plans 00:03:43
The DNL panel addresses the chaos surrounding the Knicks' enormous $71 million offer sheet to Tim Hardaway Jr. in free agency.

The DNL panel addresses the chaos surrounding the Knicks' enormous $71 million offer sheet to Tim Hardaway Jr. in free agency.


JRSportBrief: Hardaway to Knicks 00:01:28
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR reacts to the New York Knicks signing Tim Hardaway Jr. to an offer sheet.

Restricted Free Agent Tim Hardaway, Jr. of the Atlanta Hawks has agreed on a four-year, $71 million offer sheet with the Knicks, according to ESPN.

The Hawks have two days to match the Knicks' offer for Hardaway, Jr. but are unlikely to do so, reports Frank Isola of the NY Daily News.

Hardaway, 25, has spent the last two seasons with the Hawks after playing the first two seasons of his career with the Knicks. 

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Dwight Buycks (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Dwight Buycks (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Knicks have expressed interest in signing guard Dwight Buycks, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

The 28-year-old Buycks, who hasn't played in the NBA since the 2014-15 season, spent the past two years playing in the Chinese Basketball Association.

He averaged 3.1 points in 14 games with the Toronto Raptors in the 2013-14 season and 8.7 points in six games with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2014-15 season.

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New York Knicks forward Marshall Plumlee (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Marshall Plumlee (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Knicks waived center Marshall Plumlee on Friday, the team announced.

Plumlee, 24, averaged 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 8.1 minutes per game in 21 games as a rookie last year.

A 7-foot, 250-pound big man, Plumlee signed with the Knicks after he went undrafted in 2016. He averaged 8.3 points and 8.6 rebounds as a senior at Duke in the 2015-16 season.

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Daily News Live: Knicks 00:04:06
Taylor Rooks, Willie Colon, John Harper and Bob Raissman discuss whether New York has become an undesirable landing spot for NBA free agents

 (Joe Camporeale)
(Joe Camporeale)

The Knicks current odds to win the 2018 NBA championship is set at 150/1, per Bovada LV. 

Only seven teams have worse odds than the Knicks including Atlantic Division rival Brooklyn Nets, who have the worst odds at 500/1. 

The Knicks were at 100/1 odds as of June 12. However, considering they have not made any moves in the free agency pool, the odds fell. 

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May 2, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart (36) controls the ball on a breakaway during the fourth quarter in game two of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Washington Wizards at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
May 2, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart (36) controls the ball on a breakaway during the fourth quarter in game two of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Washington Wizards at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

The Knicks have shown interest in trading for Celtics' G Marcus Smart, per the NY Post's Marc Berman. 

With the Celtics trying to clear cap space from Gordon Hayward, they have been attempting to move Smart who would be a $4.5 million hit this season. On the other hand, the Knicks are looking to fill the $15 million cap room they will have once PG Derrick Rose hold is off the books. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Rondo a Knick? 00:03:27
Marc Malusis and Sal Licata debate whether the Knicks should pursue Rajon Rondo after missing out on Dion Waiters.

The Knicks have spoken with free agent PG Rajon Rondoaccording to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.

The 31-year-old Rondo was released by the Bulls last Friday. He averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.1 rebounds in 69 regular season games in 2016-17. His year ended after he fractured his thumb during Game 2 of the Bulls' first round playoff series loss to the Celtics.

Rondo is reportedly also drawing interest from the Lakers.

He has averaged 10.7 points and 8.5 assists during his 12-year career that has been spent with the Celtics, Mavericks, Kings, and Bulls.

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(Brad Penner (USA Today))

Knicks 2017 first-round draft pick Frank Ntilikina signed his four-year rookie contact, the team announced Wednesday. 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) listens to forward Kyle O'Quinn (9) against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) listens to forward Kyle O'Quinn (9) against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski)

With all of the controversy surrounding Phil Jackson, Kyle O'Quinn was not surprised the Knicks let go of the team president, he told the New York Post. 

"It's tough to see anybody go, but I knew a change was going to be made,'' O'Quinn told Marc Berman of the Post. "We didn't know what. We knew something had to be done. That's what they chose to do. I wish Phil the best of course. In any organization, no matter who it is, you hate to see somebody go." 

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Knicks interested in Waiters 00:02:42
The Daily News Live panel discusses the Knicks' reported interest in Dion Waiters and assesses whether the guard would be a good fit.

Guard Dion Waiters is working on finishing a deal with the Miami Heat, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Knicks were interested in the free agent shooting Waiters, per the New York Post.

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The Knicks have interest in free agent guard Dion Waiters. (Alan Diaz)
The Knicks have interest in free agent guard Dion Waiters. (Alan Diaz)

The Knicks are reportedly interested in free-agent guard Dion Waiters. 

Elsewhere, the Mets lost to the Nationals, the Nets signed Otto Porter Jr., Ilya Kovulchuck will remain in the KHL, and the the Yankees drop a game to the Blue Jays. 

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(Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Free agent guard George Hill has agreed to a three-year, $57 million deal with the Sacramento Kings, according to Shams Charnia of The Vertical.

The Knicks reached out to Hill over the weekend, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

ESPN's Ian Begley had reported Hill had become New York's top target this offseason.

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The Knicks announced they signed Vanderbilt C Luke Kornet to a two-way contract, per MSG Networks. 

Signing him as an undrafted free agent, Kornet is currently with the Knicks' Summer League team in Las Vegas. In two games, he is averaging six points and 3.5 rebounds. 

The 7-foot-1 center worked out for the Knicks prior to the 2017 NBA Draft where he said things went well.

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JRSportBrief: Melo to move on? 00:01:22
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR discusses if Carmelo Anthony is finally ready to move on from the Knicks.

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony is reportedly open to waiving his no-trade clause to join either the Rockets or Cavaliers, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarkowski. 

Houston has become the latest candidate to land Anthony as their acquisition of PG Chris Paul has sparked his interest. Paul and Anthony are close friends, and with G James Harden in the mix, there is intrigue. 

The Rockets have had discussions with the Knicks about possible trade scenarios, one involving F Ryan Anderson, but New York isn't keen on picking up the $61.3 million he is owed over the next three years. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:04:11
Stefan Bondy discusses rumors about the Knicks' next president, Carmelo Anthony waiving his no-trade clause and Frank Ntilikina's status.

Guard Derrick Rose will meet with the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Knicks still remain interested in bringing back Rose and have previously reached out to the guard, according to according to ESPN's Ian Begley

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New York Knicks shooting guard Justin Holiday drives against Miami Heat shooting guard Josh Richardson during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks shooting guard Justin Holiday drives against Miami Heat shooting guard Josh Richardson during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Former New York Knicks guard Justin Holiday agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal with the Chicago Bulls, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

Holiday, 28, returns to Chicago after he was traded along with Derrick Rose to New York last offseason. In 82 games, Holiday averaged 7.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

The Knicks never made a competitive offer to try to re-sign Holiday, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

He has averaged 5.7 points in 203 games with five teams since he entered the league in the 2012-13 season.

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