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The Knicks got a lot older this offseason, but that may not stop them from getting older still before or during training camp.

At the age of 38 and out of the league for the last two seasons, four-time NBA All-Star Rasheed Wallace worked out with the Knicks on Saturday at the MSG Training Center in Greensburgh, N.Y. While no deal is imminent at this point, Wallace is the one showing interest as has he declined offers from several teams this offseason.

?I have not had any official conversation with the Knicks organization,? Wallace's agent, Bill Strickland, told the New York Times. ?If something happens, I will be more of a facilitator rather than an advisor. This decision is totally up to him as to what he will or will not do.?

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy says he's dubious of the Knicks guards and of Amar'e Stoudemire's offensive capabilities and doubts the Knicks have any shot at surpassing the Miami Heat for Eastern Conference supremacy.

"Their guard situation is very uncertain," Van Gundy told SNY.tv during an exclusive interview at the Brayden Carr Foundation clinic Friday at Rutgers.

"[Iman] Shumpert when he comes back [from ACL surgery] will help them a great deal. I thought he was great defensively. But who's playing the point?"

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MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. - J.R. Smith has never been one to be coy and not speak his mind with the media.

At the Monroe Sports Center where he and his brother, fellow Knicks guard Chris Smith, were running a basketball clinic, Smith was approached about several topics and as usual, he mostly shot from the hip.

The New Jersey native and former St. Benedict's Prep star came home in February from a playing stint in China, played the final 35 games of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season with the Knicks and thought he played well enough that he decided to test free agency by declining his 2012-13 player option worth $2.5 million.

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MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Since the Knicks signed former Louisville standout and New Jersey native Chris Smith to a non-guaranteed contract on Aug. 1, people have been screaming that the only reason Smith is here is because his brother is Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith.

Chris Smith may have performed well with the Knicks' summer league in Las Vegas in July to help gain the contract and a shot in training camp next month, but no, it does not hurt that his brother is who he is and has the ear of key team executives, including Madison Square Garden Executive Chairman James Dolan.

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Carmelo Anthony, who led Syracuse to the NCAA championship in 2003, is coming home.

Anthony will return to the Carrier Dome on Oct.22, when the Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers play an exhibition at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the game will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 17 at?www.TicketMaster.com?and are available in the three levels of the Carrier Dome for between $19.50 and $39.50 (excluding courtside and premium seating).?Syracuse University students will be able to purchase a discounted lower-level ticket for $25.

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As the Knicks head towards the beginning of training camp Oct. 2 in Greenburgh, N.Y., they officially made a few tweaks to the roster on Tuesday afternoon.

The team announced on Tuesday that it has signed forwards John Shurna and Mychel Thompson, point guard Oscar Bellfield and center Henry Sims.

Shurna's agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed to SNY.tv on Monday evening that his client had come to terms with the Knicks on a one-year, partially guaranteed, which basically amounts to a training camp invite. While terms of the contracts were not disclosed, per team policy, the deals for Thompson, Bellfield and Sims likely amount to training camp invites as well.

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John Shurna, a 6-foot-9, 222-pound shooter who is Northwestern's all-time leading scorer, has signed a one-year partially guaranteed deal with the Knicks, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told SNY.tv.

Shurna averaged 20 points and 5.4 rebounds last season at Northwestern, shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc.

He could play a role similar to Steve Novak, the 3-point ace who re-signed with the Knicks in the offseason.

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So much for the Knicks finally being able to hold training camp with their full roster present and accounted for.

A team spokesman?confirmed on Friday afternoon that shooting guard Ronnie Brewer, acquired by the Knicks via free agency in late July, had a left knee arthroscopy to repair a medial mensicus tear and will be out for approximately six weeks.

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More than a month after free agent point guard Jason Kidd opted to sign with the Knicks when it looked like a return to the Mavericks was imminent, Mavs owner Mark Cuban is still holding a grudge.

In an interview on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's 'Ben and Skin Show,' Cuban addressed several topics, including how his team may be better off having not added Nets point guard Deron Williams in free agency. Cuban noted that adding the Dallas native and three-time All-Star would have created problems in terms of the salary cap and trying to put a championship-caliber team around Dirk Nowitzki.

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The NBA released its league-wide 2012-13 preseason schedule on Wednesday afternoon and as expected, the Knicks will play their five games away from Madison Square Garden.

As Phase II of the three-phase renovation of Madison Square Garden marches on through the summer and into the fall, the Knicks will play only one true road game during the preseason against the Washington Wizards on Oct. 11 at the Verizon Center.

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A record 25 current and former NBA players wore medals around their necks when the United States, Spain,?and Russia stood on the medal stand at the 2012 Summer Olympics this past Sunday in London, the NBA announced. ?The gold medal game alone featured 20 current and former players.

At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, 24 current and former NBA players were on the medal stand and 16 current and former players won medals at the 2004 Games in Athens.?Twelve NBA teams were represented on the medal stand, with the Western Conference Finals champion Oklahoma City Thunder having the most with four players. ?Three players from the Minnesota Timberwolves collected medals as did two players each from the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers,?and Knicks. ?Seven NBA teams had one Olympic medalist.

When the tournament tipped off on Sunday, July 29, rosters featured a record 41 current NBA players from 21 different NBA teams. ?Eleven of the 12 national teams competing featured at least one current NBA player, with France as the international country with the most with six.

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As Amar'e Stoudemire attempts to reinvent himself as a finesse player in the low post after 10 years as an explosive power player, his teacher is of the belief that the Knicks power forward can be very effective in this new role.

Of course Stoudemire's teacher is going to say those things, but it also doesn't hurt that the teacher just happens to be one of the best finesse big men in NBA history.

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The Knicks on Wednesday signed Chris Smith, the younger brother of shooting guard J.R. Smith and a former Louisville Cardinal.

Chris Smith tweeted pictures of himself signing the contract with Knicks GM Glen Grunwald sitting in the background.

Smith played for the Knicks summer league team in Las Vegas, averaging 5.2 points and 1.4 assists. He figures to be the fourth shooting guard on the Knicks roster.

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The Knicks announced their 2012-13 schedule on Thursday and they will tip things off at their Big Apple rival, the Brooklyn Nets, on Nov. 1 in a nationally televised game on TNT.

The next night, the Knicks will host LeBron James and the defending NBA champion Miami Heat in their home opener at MSG.

New York?s regular season home schedule is highlighted by a second visit from the Heat on Sunday, Mar. 3 and one visit by the Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, Mar. 7.

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The Knicks have solidified their point guard rotation, and they have done so by signing a 35-year-old rookie.

After a brief holdup due to FIBA logistical matters, the Knicks announced they have finally signed Argentinian-born Euroleague star Pablo Prigioni.

While terms of the deal were not disclosed, Prigioni, the starting point guard for Argentina's national team, reportedly will be under a one-year contract for the rookie minimum salary of $473, 604.

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The Knicks appear to have filled the last major hole on their roster.

In an effort to find another shooting guard to back up probable starter J.R. Smith, the Knicks have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with six-year veteran Ronnie Brewer, who most recently played with the Chicago Bulls in 2010-11 and 2011-12. The Bulls opted not to pick up Brewer's $4.37 million team option for next season, making him a free agent.

The news was first reported by NBA.com's David Aldridge, while Brewer also tweeted, "New York Knicks lets get it!!!"

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.?? Don?t worry, Knicks fans.

Raymond Felton?is motivated and in shape.

That?s what North Carolina coach?Roy Williams?told me Saturday morning at the Peach Jam where he is scouting some of the top high school prospects in the nation.

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Coming off the lockout last season, Raymond Felton admittedly came into training camp with the Portland Trail Blazers overweight and out of shape. The result was one of his poorest statistical efforts in his seven seasons as an NBA point guard.

Since the Knicks officially acquired Felton for the second time on Monday via sign-and-trade with Portland, there has been a lot of talk about Felton?s weight and conditioning.

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Jeremy Lin could have easily basked in what amounted to a hero?s welcome when he was re-introduced by the Houston Rockets on Thursday afternoon.? Instead, he showed his self-awareness, while maybe tempering the inevitable ?Linsanity? expectations.

?I still have a lot to prove and a lot to do to become established,? Lin said to a large media contingent at the Toyota Center. ?I?m the first one to admit it. The only thing I can really promise is I?m going to give it my best effort. That?s my goal and I wanna get better as a player.?

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The Knicks have not and are not expected to release a statement in the wake of declining the Houston Rockets? offer sheet to Jeremy Lin, but a former employee made his feelings about the situation known to a large audience on Wednesday afternoon.

While appearing on ?The Mike Lupica Show? on ESPN New York 98.7 FM, former Knicks head coach Larry Brown said that the Knicks declining to match Houston?s three-year, back-loaded $25.1 million offer sheet to Lin was a sound business move. Brown, currently the head coach at Southern Methodist University, went on to say he viewed Lin as a ?terrific backup.?

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SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- Steve Novak hoped Linsanity would return to New York, but he agrees that Houston's back-loaded, poison pill contract offer was "ridiculous."

"It can be looked at as a ridiculous contract in the sense that it's a $5 [million], a $5 [million] and a $15 [million over the first three years]," Novak told SNY.tv Wednesday at the Steve Novak Basketball Camp at Sleepy Hollow High School.

"It is kind of ridiculous in terms of the structure. I don't think in terms of Jeremy's value that it's ridiculous. I think everybody knows that. He's very valuable....I wasn't there when Carmelo said it but 'ridiculous contract,' I think probably means more the fact that there's a max offer being offered in the third year when the first two was a five."

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Now that Jeremy Lin is officially a Houston Rocket, the fallout has begun and it appears the one-time Knicks point guard is pulling no punches.

Soon after Lin received a phone call from Knicks General Manager Glen Grunwald informing him that the team would pass on matching the three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet from Houston, he opened up to fellow-Harvard graduate Pablo Torre of Sports Illustrated and gave some great insight into the free agency process, why he never suited up against the Miami Heat in the playoffs after knee surgery and how he feels about Knicks fans.

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Baron Davis?says the Knicks aren?t ?jealous? of?Jeremy Lin?s?contract, but admits he?s ?never seen? anything similar.

?To see a contract the way it?s been optioned out year-by-year, I?ve never seen anything like that,? Davis told MSG?s?Mike Breen?and?Walt ?Clyde? Frazier?during the Knicks-Nuggets summer league game Tuesday, won by Denver. ?That?s what [the Houston Rockets] did and they really wanted him bad so we?ll see what happens.?

If Lin ends up in Houston, as has been reported, Davis said big things will be expected of him because of his contract.

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A surreal 72-hour period has now come to this. Linsanity is heading to Texas.

The Knicks confirmed late Tuesday evening that they have declined to match the three-year, back-loaded $25.1 million offer sheet signed by Jeremy Lin with the Houston Rockets on Friday. The offer sheet made its way to the Knicks on Saturday and they had until Tuesday night at 11:59:59 p.m. to either match it or decline it. Nothing is official until that deadline passes.

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With the deadline to match the Rockets' offer sheet to Jeremy Lin coming Tuesday evening at 11:59 p.m., the Knicks announced they have acquired Raymond Felton via sign-and-trade with the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday afternoon.

The Knicks also receive one-time Knicks forward Kurt Thomas, the oldest active player in the NBA, in exchange for Jared Jeffries, Dan Gadzuric, the draft rights to Kostas Popanikolaou and Giorgos Printezis, and a protected future second-round pick.

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Is Linsanity over in New York?

That's a valid question after a stunning turn of events on Saturday evening. With the Knicks having until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. to match the three-year, back-loaded $25.1 million offer sheet given to Jeremy Lin by the Rockets, they went ahead and traded with the Portland Trail Blazers for one-time Knicks point guard Raymond Felton. The sign-and-trade deal will include a three-year, $10 million contract for Felton, who found success in New York during the 2010-11 season before being traded to the Nuggets in February of that season as part of the Carmelo Anthony blockbuster.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Jeremy Lin's high school coach remains in constant text contact with the point guard, and he says Lin is stunned by the recent turn of events.

"If in the end the Knicks?decide not to match, he will be very surprised by that," Peter Diepenbrock?of Palo Alto High School told SNY.tv.

Asked if Lin, the author of the worldwide phenomenon known as "Linsanity," was ready to be a Houston Rocket if the Knicks don't match Houston's three-year, $25.1-million offer by Tuesday at midnight, Diepenbrock said: "He's not quite ready to go there yet."

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After a surreal day that saw Knicks General Manager Glen Grunwald literally going out of his way to avoid everyone, he made the one move late Saturday that most everyone expected him to make.

The Knicks confirmed on Saturday evening that they would not be matching the three-year, $18.7 million offer sheet given to third-year shooting guard Landry Fields by the Toronto Raptors. Fields reportedly agreed to the offer sheet on July 3, officially signed it on Wednesday and the Knicks had until Saturday evening at 11:59 p.m. to match the deal.

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The Knicks have held firm that they will match any offer sheet signed by Jeremy Lin this offseason.

As recently as Thursday, head coach Mike Woodson and General Manager Glen Grunwald reiterated those sentiments, but with Lin reportedly signing an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets on Friday afternoon, the Knicks are now officially on the clock.

Lin has reportedly signed an offer sheet with the Rockets valued at $25.1 million over three years. The caveat with that offer sheet is while the first year of the deal will pay the worldwide?phenomenon just $5 million, the third year jumps to a guaranteed $14.9 million.

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. - As the Knicks have gotten rid of youth in favor of veterans this offseason, one thing has become abundantly clear. This franchise, which has not won an NBA title since 1973, is going for it all right now in this three-year window with Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler at its disposal.

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The Knicks officially announced Wednesday that the team has acquired center?Marcus Camby?via a sign-and-trade with the Houston Rockets and has re-signed shooting guard J.R. Smith.

Camby has reportedly agreed to a three-year deal worth $13.2 million, while Smith reportedly signed a one-year deal worth $2.8 million.

Smith could potentially start at shooting guard if the Knicks don't bring back Landry Fields, who has signed a $19-million, three-year offer sheet with the Toronto Raptors that the Knicks may not match.

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The Knicks on Wednesday announced the signing of free agent swingman?James White?to a contract.?

The team did not disclose terms but ESPNNewYork.com reported it is for slightly less than the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million.

"He's excited about it," his agent, Daniel Curtin, told the Website. "He's going to have a chance to play. He's come a long way since his earlier NBA stint. I think it's a great opportunity for him, especially with the personnel he'll be playing with. He has some elite intangibles."?

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Carmelo Anthony talks one-on-one with the SNY crew about the offseason acquisitions of Jason Kidd and Marcus Camby, as well as the potential return of Jeremy Lin.

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The Knicks announced their roster for the 2012 NBA Summer League, to be held in Las Vegas from Jul. 14-20. Third-year guard Toney Douglas and second-year centers Josh Harrellson and Jerome Jordan headline the 15-man roster.

Former Louisville guard Chris Smith, former Indiana guard Jeremiah Rivers and former Memphis forward Wesley Witherspoon are also on the roster.

New York will play five games at Cox Pavilion at UNLV beginning on Jul. 14. All games are scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time and will be aired live on MSG Network at 4 p.m. Eastern time. MSG will repeat the games each evening at 8 p.m. Eastern (with the exception of Tuesday, Jul. 17) and this will mark the sixth consecutive NBA Summer League that MSG has aired all five games.

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Count Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler among those who are happy Jason Kidd chose the Knicks.

"Jason was incredible in Dallas playing with him, helping myself out on both ends of the floor, just bringing a calmness to our locker room," Chandler said?at U.S. Olympic team practice in Las Vegas, according to Newsday. "He was never rattled. That's what we need. We need that in the huddle. It's going to be huge for us. He'll take somebody under his?wing?. . . It will be huge for?Jeremy Lin?because Jason will sit down, break down film with him, bring him to the sidelines and huddles and really help him out."

Chandler and Kidd, 39, won an NBA title together with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, so the Knicks will now have two players with rings.

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The Knicks missed out on one veteran point guard but will sign another.

Having swung and missed on Steve Nash after he chose the Lakers Wednesday night, the Knicks have agreed to sign veteran Jason Kidd to a three-year, $9-million deal.

The story was first reported by?ESPN.com?and confirmed by a source close to the process to SNY.tv.

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The Houston Rockets have offered Knicks restricted free agent Jeremy Lin a four-year deal worth $31 million, according to the New York Post.

The backloaded deal is reportedly worth $5 million in the first year and $5.2 million in the second, before it jumps to about $10.5 million in the third. There is a player option for the fourth year.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey reportedly wined and dined Lin in Houston and also?Tweeted Wednesday:??RedNation please help me welcome [Lin] back 2Houston today! Fitting on July4 as America is land of 2nd chances.??

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Just hours after a report surfaced that the Knicks were the favorite to land free agent point guard Steve Nash, the two-time NBA MVP stunned the basketball world by agreeing to a sign-and-trade with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to reports.

Nash will reportedly sign a three-year deal worth $27 million. The Lakers could swing the deal thanks to the trade exception they received by sending Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks last season.

The Suns will receive 2013 and 2015 first-round picks and 2013 and 2014 second-round picks from the Lakers, according to the Arizona Republic.

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The Knicks are now the frontrunner to sign free agent point guard Steve Nash, according to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

According to the report, the Knicks would sign the two-time NBA MVP to a three-year deal worth between $27-$30 million and would have to sacrifice highly regarded guard Iman Shumpert along with Toney Douglas and Dan Gadzuric to Phoenix in a sign-and trade.

Nash, 38, would effectively give the Knicks a "Big Four" of himself, Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler. Nash and Stoudemire played together in Phoenix.

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In former Cincinnati forward James White, the Knicks are getting an athletic "freak" with limited shooting ability who can also defend and handle the ball, two of his former coaches told SNY.tv.

White is set to sign a guaranteed contract with New York, according to a report on Sportando Basket.

"I tell you what, off of one foot on the run, he jumps higher than anybody in the league," West Virginia coach?Bob Huggins, who coached White at Cincinnati, told SNY.tv by phone. "Phenomenal leaper off of one foot. He would win the NBA Dunk Contest."

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While the Knicks pursue Steve Nash as their point guard of the future, it is possible they could lose both Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields to free agency.

As has been widely reported, Lin will meet Wednesday with the Houston Rockets and Fields has been extended a $20-million offer sheet from the Toronto Raptors.

Houston cut Lin in December, paving the way for his acquisition by Knicks GM Glen Grunwald and the eventual rise of Linsanity. Like other teams, the Rockets can offer him a back-loaded, "poison pill" four-year contract worth as much as $40 million. Such a deal could balloon to $10 or $15 million per year in the third and fourth years of the deal.

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Because of his status as a restricted free agent,? Knicks guard Jeremy Lin has withdrawn from the 2012 USA Men?s Select Team that will train July 6-11 against the 2012 USA Basketball Men?s National Team during training camp in Las Vegas.

Lin informed USA Basketball Monday afternoon that because of his current contract status he was withdrawing. Boston Celtics center Greg Stiemsma was forced to withdraw after undergoing a non-surgical process for Plantar Fasciitis.

?Unfortunately, I am not going to be able to participate in the 2012 USA Men's Select Team this summer,? said Lin. ?It was such an incredible honor to be selected, but I have withdrawn my name from the team because of my status as a free agent. I hope to have the opportunity to participate with USA Basketball at some point in the future.?

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The Phoenix Suns are interested in acquiring Landry Fields in a sign-and-trade with the Knicks for Steve Nash,?according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

The Knicks and Raptors both met with Nash on Sunday and New York is exploring ways to give the two-time NBA MVP more than the $3 million mid-level exception they currently have available.

One scenario suggested by Alan Hahn of MSG would be to send the Suns Fields (whose salary is about $2.7 million), Toney Douglas ($2.1 million) and $3 million in cash while cutting ties with centers?Dan Gadzuric ($1.9 million) and Jerome Jordan ($760,000).

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Steve Novak's agent says Novak "loved New York" but will test the free agent market beginning at 12:01 a.m.

Novak, the Knicks' sharp-shooting small forward, won his "Early Bird Rights" on Friday, along with point guard Jeremy Lin. The Knicks can now re-sign both players by going over the salary cap and still keep their mid-level exception.

"It's a good thing for Steve," Mark Bartelstein told SNY.tv of the "Bird Rights" ruling. "It?gives us a lot more flexibility and a lot more options. This is always what you want,?as many options as you can have regarding free agency. He's a free agent and we'll see what happens."

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The Knicks scored good news Friday evening when the NBA announced that both Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak would retain their "Early Bird Rights," meaning the Knicks can go over the salary cap to retain them in free agency and still use their midlevel exception.

"Under the settlement, the union agreed to limit the scope of the ruling by?arbitrator Kenneth Dam in exchange for the league's agreement to drop its?appeal," the NBA statement says. "The rule will now be that players who are claimed from waivers?will have the same "Early Bird" rights as if they had been traded, but will?not have full "Bird" rights unless they are claimed through the league's?amnesty procedure."

The decision means that the Knicks will have greater flexibility when free agency begins at midnight Sunday and can re-sign both Lin, the point guard who gave birth to the international phenomenon known as ?Linsanity,? and Novak, their sharpshooting ace, without regard for the salary cap at a starting salary of about $5 million.

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Here's Knicks GM Glen Grunwald talking about the Knicks controversial draft choice of 6-foot-8 Greek forward?Kostas Papanikolaou, who will spend at least one more year in Greece before he can come to New York.

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Here's video of free agent point guard Steve Nash saying he will consider the Knicks and the Nets among his new landing spots.

Toronto, Miami, Dallas, and the Lakers are also possibilities for the 38-year-old two-time NBA MVP.

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As he heads into unrestricted free agency on Sunday, Steve Nash says he's "open to everything," including potentially playing for the Knicks.

"It sounds like a company line, but my situation really right now is I'm open to everything," Nash?told ESPN NewYork 98.7's Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco on Monday, according to ESPN.com, "and I will definitely look at every situation that comes my way on Sunday, and I'm not going to close myself to any opportunities."

Nash lives in Greenwich Village during the offseason and is in the city on Wednesday night to promote his annual soccer charity match in?Chinatown.

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Knicks guard J.R. Smith will become a free agent because he has decided not to exercise the opt-in clause in his contract during Tuesday's deadline, so

urces confirmed to SNY.tv.

Smith stood to make $2.4 million had he opted in, but can do a multi-year deal (up to four years) with the Knicks starting at $2.8 million or at the midlevel exception.

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