By waiving veteran Shannon Brown last month, the Knicks freed up their fifteenth and final roster spot, likely opening the door for the official signing of second-rounder Cleanthony Early.

After acquiring a handful of valuable young assets from the Mavericks earlier in the offseason, it makes sense that New York desires to see a return on such an investment. As the thirty-fourth overall selection in this year's NBA Draft, there's no doubt Early stands to make an impact relatively soon. As Phil Jackson optimistically looks ahead, the future for his team is now.

Of course, if and when they do sign the Witchita State product to a contract, the Knicks will once again employ the maximum fifteen players. The team now has the flexibility to sign Early, but what if Jackson and co. want more?

With a plethora of guards already on the roster, Brown proved to be the odd man out. His mediocre showing at NBA Summer League likely didn't do much to help his cause, either. But what's more, he was one of two Knickerbockers with a non-guaranteed contract for this upcoming season. This certainly added to the likelihood of his impending release.

Who's the other player with a non-guaranteed contract? That would be known other than big man Jeremy Tyler, whose own respective showing at NBA Summer League garnered more praise than Brown's, to say the least. Between the two, keeping Tyler is a smart move. He's young, has shown a bit of promise already, and as a defensive-minded big, is able to provide New York with something they've lacked consistently in the past.

Alas, for now, Tyler is safe. He edged out Brown, but how much longer will such comfort last?

As reported by TKB last month, the Knicks have until mid-September to ultimately decide whether or not they'd like to hold onto Tyler and his potential $948,000 contract. At this reasonably cheaper rate, there's little risk to keeping Tyler around. It's just a matter of whether or not Jackson and co. foresee better options coming along.

Tyler proved to be a capable big man in the triangle offense in Las Vegas by looking to open things up for his teammates and expanding his court-vision. But nevertheless, he isn't one of Jackson's guys. Instead, the 23 year old is the easiest to cut, should New York's otherwise full roster stand in the way of the thirteen-time NBA champion bringing another familiar player aboard. Tyler may simply not be to his liking.

There's plenty to like about Tyler, however, and so much still to be seen. The potential is there. Still, as he heads into his fourth NBA season, it's safe to say youngster hasn't exactly hit his stride. There's still plenty of time for him to find a rhythm, but the Knicks simply may not want to wait much longer if it means they miss out on someone else worth taking a chance on. For what's it's worth, the team was reportedly rebuffed by Summer League participant Cameron Moore, who opted to sign overseas after receiving just a camp invite from New York. 

At this point in the offseason, one has to wonder, who, if anyone at all worthwhile, is still available. Would such a player be considered a better option than Tyler at this point? Would Jackson prefer to sign Thanasis Antetokounmpo, his own draft selection, instead?

It may be beneficial to hold on to Tyler initially, then trade/waive him later down the road, should something come up. The Knicks don't have much to lose. Nevertheless, his contract still makes him the most vulnerable.

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Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. dances after hitting a 3-pointer during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. dances after hitting a 3-pointer during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

After signing a four-year, $71 million offer sheet to join the Knicks, guard Tim Hardaway Jr. was still surprised that New York offered him such a significant deal, according to ESPN's Pablo Torre.

"Tim Hardaway Jr.'s first words after signing that contract: 'Man, that's crazy,' " Torre said, according to NBC Sports' Dan Feldman.

The Knicks' offer was approximately $25 million more than what Hardaway was projected to earn, according to SB Nation's Phil Veasley. Knicks president Steve Mills said the team needed to be "aggressive" when pursuing Hardaway, a restricted free agent with the Atlanta Hawks, because he felt Hardaway had a lot of potential.

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving handles the ball during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the Finals for the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving handles the ball during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the Finals for the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Knicks are among six teams who have already made an offer to the Cleveland Cavaliers for guard Kyrie Irving, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Approximately 20 teams, according to Wojnarowski, have inquired about Irving since he reportedly requested to be traded out of Cleveland, however the Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat are the only teams to make an offer for the 25-year-old former No. 1 pick.

The Knicks and Cavaliers have been in trade talks that focused on swapping Irving for Carmelo Anthony with a potential third team being involved, however the Cavaliers, according to Wojnarowski, are seeking a return of young players and draft picks similar to what the Denver Nuggets acquired from the Knicks in exchange for Anthony in 2011.

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Loud Mouths: Melo trade veto 00:05:43
Jon Hein and Marc Malusis discuss the reports that the Knicks' star forward Carmelo Anthony would veto a trade to the Cavaliers.

PG Kyrie Irving is reportedly seeking a trade to the Knicks.

The Bayonne, New Jersey native wants "very badly wants to be a New York Knick," ESPN's Pablo Torre said on Thursday. "Kyrie Irving wants to come home."

Irving is also willing to be traded to San Antonio, Miami or Minnesota, reports the Daily News. He requested a trade from Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.

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Where will Carmelo be traded to? 00:03:07
The DNL panel debates where they think Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will be traded to in light of the Kyrie Irving trade request.

GEICO Sportsnite: Rose to Cavs 00:00:39
Former Knicks point guard Derrick Rose signs with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year deal reportedly worth $2.1 million.

Former New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose signed a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

Rose, who completed his physical on Monday, according to Charania, spoke with LeBron James throughout the process, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 28-year-old Rose, who underwent surgery in April to repair a torn meniscus, earned $21 million with New York last season. He averaged 18 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 64 games.

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The Cavaliers have signed Derrick Rose to a one-year deal. (Carlos Osorio)
The Cavaliers have signed Derrick Rose to a one-year deal. (Carlos Osorio)

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed Derrick Rose 

Elsewhere, the Yankee continue to pursue Sonny Gray, and the Mets continue their winning ways.

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Kyrie coming to the Knicks? 00:03:31
The guys discuss the likelihood of Kyrie Irving being traded to the Knicks in light of the recent rumors of his desire to leave Cleveland.

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) defends Indiana Pacers' Paul George (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) defends Indiana Pacers' Paul George (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder are 'circling each other' regarding a potential trade, reports Bill Simmons of The Ringer.

Simmons notes that Thunder assistant GM Troy Weaver recruited Anthony to Syracuse.

Anthony, who is willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Cavaliers or Rockets, is reportedly uninterested in returning to the Knicks, who briefly paused trade talks after hiring new GM Scott Perry and had hoped to speak to Anthony about remaining in New York.

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JRSportBrief: Kyrie-Kristaps? 00:01:23
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR discusses why it'll be difficult for the Knicks to land the Cavs' Kyrie Irving.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR discusses why it'll be difficult for the Knicks to land the Cavs' Kyrie Irving.

The 25-year-old Irving requested a trade from the Cavs last week, listing the Knicks, Spurs, Timberwolves, and Heat as his preferred destinations.

The Knicks were reportedly in serious discussions with the Cavs on Friday about sending Carmelo Anthony to Cleveland as part of a deal for Irving.

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Houston Cougars guard Damyean Dotson (21) reacts after making a basket during the first half against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Hofheinz Pavilion. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Cougars guard Damyean Dotson (21) reacts after making a basket during the first half against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Hofheinz Pavilion. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks and second-round pick Damyean Dotson have agreed to a three-year deal, according to multiple reports. 

Fred Kerber of the New York Post reports Dotson is guaranteed about $2.2 million during the first two years, while the third year is a team option. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:00:24
The Knicks named Gerald Madkins, formerly with the L.A. Clippers, as Assistant Gneral Manager.

The New York Knicks will hire Gerald Madkins to become their new assistant general manager, The Undefeated's Marc Spears reports.

Madkins, who previously worked in the Los Angeles Clippers organization, was being pursued by the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings, according to the Los Angeles Times' Broderick Turner. He spent four seasons as a Knicks scout before he spent time as the Clippers' director of basketball operations and assistant GM.

Madkins had worked with new Knicks GM Scott Perry when they were in the Seattle SuperSonics organization. He played three years in the NBA in the 1990s. In 48 career games with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, he averaged 1.7 points and 1.4 assists per game.

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GEICO SportsNite: Bernard King 00:01:35
SNY's Taylor Rooks talks with Knicks legend Bernard King about the state of the franchise and whether the team should acquire Kyrie Irving.

New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Denver. The Nuggets won 127-114. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Denver. The Nuggets won 127-114. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis believes New York gives him the best opportunity to win, per The Post's Marc Berman. 

The quote came from a question posed by a camper rather than a reporter. Porzingis attended a Latvian basketball camp of about 250 kids, and he told the group why he doesn't want to leave the Knicks. 

"I feel that it is the best place to win. And if you win in New York, you are king," Porzingis said in his native language. "For the last two years, I have had so many positive emotions here that this is where I want to stay and that this is where I want to win."

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Could Irving come to New York? 00:02:05
Jeane Coakley welcomes Ian Begley to discuss Kyrie Irving's trade request and if the Knicks might be a potential landing spot

Kyrie Irving requests trade 00:04:19
After news broke that Kyrie Irving has requested a trade, the guys discuss if this news gives the Knicks an opening to move Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks and Cavaliers are in serious trade talks focusing on swapping F Carmelo Anthony and PG Kryie Irving with a potential third team involved, reports Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz

ESPN's Ian Begley reports the Knicks are not willing to deal F Kristaps Porzingis, but they would be willing to send future first-round picks with Anthony for Irving. 

According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Irving has requested a trade from the Cavs, and the Knicks are one of his preferred destinations, along with the Spurs, Timberwolves, and Heat.

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New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) defends Indiana Pacers' Paul George (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) defends Indiana Pacers' Paul George (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Carmelo Anthony is willing to waive his $8.1 million trade kicker in order to help facilitate a trade to the Rockets, according to ESPN.

A clause in Anthony's contract stipulates that his salary goes up 15 percent if he's traded. Waiving that clause would potentially make it easier for a trade partner to match contracts.

Annthony does not seek a return to the Knicks next season and has no interest in discussing a future with the team, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported earlier this week.

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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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As much as the thought of Damian LillardC.J. McCollum, and Carmelo Anthony may sound enticing for the Blazers, it's hard to imagine a deal working out for a couple reasons. 

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Former New York Knicks player Walt Frazier prior to the game between the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks at EnergySolutions Arena. (Russell Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)
Former New York Knicks player Walt Frazier prior to the game between the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks at EnergySolutions Arena. (Russell Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Knicks Hall of Famer Walt "Clyde" Frazier said he was "shocked" by Phil Jackson's firing and hopes forward Carmelo Anthony doesn't hold a grudge against the franchise amid the displeasure with the organization.

In an interview with ESPN's Ian Begley, Frazier said he feels bad that the Knicks, who went 31-51 and missed the postseason for the fourth straight seasons and the 10th time in the past 13 years, have to go through a rebuilding process.

"It seems like every two or three years we start from scratch," Frazier said.

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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson during the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson during the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

Former New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose is in serious talks to join the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year deal and also met with the Los Angeles Lakers for three hours, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst.

Rose, who underwent surgery in April to repair a torn meniscus, expressed his desire to remain a Knick to former team president Phil Jackson and his agent, B.J. Armstrong, in June.

However the Knicks are not among the three teams with whom Rose is considering signing, according to the New York Post's Fred Kerber. Rose reportedly met with the Milwaukee Bucks in early July.

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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)

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)

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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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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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)

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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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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