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(Brad Penner)

Former Knicks G Sasha Vujacic signed a deal with Italian team Fiat Torino, the team announced on Tuesday. 

Vujacic spent the past two seasons with the Knicks. He signed a veteran minimum deal with the team last season. 

The 33-year-old was brought in to fit former president Phil Jackson's triangle offense. However, with the Knicks wanting to rebuild younger, Vujacic may not have seen much time on the floor if he were to resign with the team this year. 

Vujacic played in 61 games his first season in New York, but saw time in only 42 games (four starts) last season. He only averaged three points and 1.2 assists in 9.7 minutes per game. 

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(Julio Cortez/AP)

Carmelo Anthony was not mad about being benched during the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game against the Nets, head coach Jeff Hornacek said Saturday.

"He was happy for the guys. The guys were playing well," Hornacek said, according to ESPN New York's Ian Begley. 

The Knicks rallied in the fourth quarter, largely due to the efforts of the bench players.

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Feb 1, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Sasha Vujacic (18) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets small forward Joe Harris (12) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 1, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Sasha Vujacic (18) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets small forward Joe Harris (12) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks guard Sasha Vujacic scored a season-high 12 points for the Knicks on Wednesday night and was a key factor in the team's comeback over the Nets. 

Vujacic, who played in just 22 minutes during January, played in 22:21 at Barclays Center, going 4-for-10 from the field in the 95-90 win. 

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(Bob DeChiara)

Kristaps Porzingis scored 20 points as the Knicks beat the Celtics, 122-96, Wednesday night in Boston.Joakim Noah had two points and seven rebounds in roughly 13 minutes played.Lance Thomas had seven points and four rebounds while Courtney Lee had 11 points and two rebounds.Sasha Vujacic added 12 points and four assists off the bench.Kyle O'Quinn had 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench.The Knicks shot 48 perent from the field, including 24 percent from three-point range.

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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) celebrates with forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) celebrates with forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)

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As the Knicks (1-1) head into their third preseason game tonight at Madison Square Garden there's plenty to discuss about the roster, playing time and keys to ultimate success as fans have had the chance to watch the team on the actual basketball court.

Sounds like the perfect time to check Twitter and field some questions.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Lou Amundson, Sasha Vujacic
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J.P. Tokoto looks to pass the ball during an NBA Summer League game. (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA Today Sports Images)
J.P. Tokoto looks to pass the ball during an NBA Summer League game. (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA Today Sports Images)

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New York Knicks training camp starts in less than two weeks. After a very eventful summer offseason with plenty of moves, it's finally time for things to get underway. Only time will tell if New York will be able to capitalize on new talent.

The team currently has 14 guaranteed contracts, with young guns like Chasson Randle, Ron Baker and JP Tokoto all set to compete for the 15th and final roster spot. Despite not having any draft picks this past June, New York certainly made an effort to stockpile young talent on the end of its bench. Intriguing players such as Marshall Plumlee, Willy Hernangomez, Maurice Ndour and Mindaugas Kuzminskas all have guarantees in the coming campaign.

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Veteran Sasha Vujacic initiated team workouts this offseason in an effort to improve team chemistry. (Jennifer Stewart (USA Today))
Veteran Sasha Vujacic initiated team workouts this offseason in an effort to improve team chemistry. (Jennifer Stewart (USA Today))

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After playing in just two NBA games from 2011-2015, Sasha Vujacic's career in The Association was resurrected by his former Lakers coach Phil Jackson. Now serving as Knicks Team President, Jackson signed Vujacic at the beginning of last season.

Despite only signing a minimum contract, Vujacic's acquisition was met with surprise and confusion, much more than it was intrigue. Fans and media members criticized such a move right off the bat, and as the season continued to progress, it didn't get much better than that. 

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Future Knicks teammates Willy Hernangomez, left, and Carmelo Anthony, middle, got to know each other during the Olympics when Spain played the U.S.
Future Knicks teammates Willy Hernangomez, left, and Carmelo Anthony, middle, got to know each other during the Olympics when Spain played the U.S.

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Though the New York Knicks look to be much improved on paper following a solid offseason, it's worth recognizing that chemistry takes time to develop. With so many new and/or moving pieces coming together, the team will need to put the work in to get to know one another, both on and off the court, to be successful.

Carmelo Anthony, Willy Hernangomez and Mindaugas Kuzminskas are all fresh off the Olympics. They all deserve time to recuperate before even thinking about early team meetings and workouts. But a good chunk of the rest of the squad has gotten a head start on building some of that necessary familiarity and camaraderie with one another.

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Derrick Rose (Nelson Chenault/USA Today Sports Images)
Derrick Rose (Nelson Chenault/USA Today Sports Images)

Newly-acquired guard Derrick Rose hopes he, Joakim Noah, Carmelo Anthony and the rest of the New York Knicks can make some noise in the Eastern Conference this season.

Rose told NBA.com's Lang Whitaker in a one-on-one interview he feels "rejuvenated", that he has already worked out with Kristaps Porzingis, Brandon Jennings and Sasha Vujacic, and that he is comfortable working with new head coach Jeff Hornacek.

"You could put Brandon at the 1, put me at the 2 certain times, and have Melo, KP and [Joakim Noah]," Rose said. "So I could move off the ball with them and bring them to the mix. ... It don't matter if I have the ball in my hands or not. I feel like if I'm out there, I'll find out a way to get out the way or make it a positive while I'm on the floor."

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Knicks guard Sasha Vujacic poses during media day at the Knicks' practice facility. (AP)
Knicks guard Sasha Vujacic poses during media day at the Knicks' practice facility. (AP)

The Knicks have agreed to a one-year minimum contract with guard Sasha Vujacic, the team announced.

The 32-year-old Vujacic played his first full season in the NBA with the Knicks last year since the 2010-11 season after spending three years in Europe and signing one 10-day contract with the Clippers in 2014, which was not renewed.

Vujacic played 61 games with the Knicks last season, 25 of them as a starter, where he averaged 4.9 points, 1.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game on 38.3 percent shooting.

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(Sam Sharpe/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

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

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony shoots against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony shoots against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)

Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points and Robin Lopez had 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the New York Knicks past the Philadelphia 76ers 109-102 on Friday night.

Sasha Vujacic scored 16 points in a game between two of the worst teams in the NBA.

The Knicks snapped a two-game losing streak, modest by their standard. Four of their 32 wins have come against the Sixers and they swept them in a season for the first time 1994-95.

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Indiana Pacers forward Myles Turner and New York Knicks center Robin Lopez lock hands after battling for a rebound during first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
Indiana Pacers forward Myles Turner and New York Knicks center Robin Lopez lock hands after battling for a rebound during first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Paul George returned from an injured ankle to make the tiebreaking jumper with 23.6 seconds left, and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 92-87 on Sunday night to tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

The Pacers blew an 18-point lead in the second half against a Knicks team missing its two best scorers, but recovered to join Detroit at 41-36 and stay two games ahead of ninth-place Chicago.

George finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, returning to the game midway through the fourth quarter after the Pacers had said he was questionable to play further because of a sore left ankle.

Sasha Vujacic scored 21 points for the Knicks, who rested Carmelo Anthony and had fellow starters Kristaps Porzingis and Jose Calderon already out with injuries. Arron Afflalo added 15 points. >> Read more

Tags: Aaron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony, Indiana Pacers, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Sasha Vujacic

 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Even with the Knicks out of contention and the season winding down, interim coach Kurt Rambis said he has no plans to adjust the starting lineup (Mar. 28).

Specifcally, Rambis said he sees no reason to give Jerian Grant any starts.

The 30-44 Knicks have eight games remaining this season.

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 (Jennifer Stewart)
(Jennifer Stewart)

The Knicks are riding high from a blowout win over the Suns, and one of the main reasons is the performance of Sasha Vujacic. The veteran tied for the team lead with 23 points and matched a career-high with six three-point field goals.

This may be harsh, but the last thing the team should be doing is celebrating such a performance, all the while beaming with pride.

Vujacic's play has left much to be desired all season long. In a season full of disappointment from all angles in New York, the guard's lack of production and failure to make an impact has poorly reflected upon Phil Jackson's inability to improve this team -- arguably more than most moves he's made.

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 (Jennifer Stewart)
(Jennifer Stewart)

Sasha Vujacic scored a season-high 23 points in a rare start, Carmelo Anthony also had 23 and the New York Knicks beat the Phoenix Suns 128-97 on Wednesday night.

Vujacic was 7 of 8 from the field and tied a career high by going 6 of 7 from 3-point range. He made his first start since last November and had not played in two of the Knicks' last three games.

The Knicks hit a season-high 16 3s. Derrick Williams scored 18 points and Jose Calderon added 10 points and 12 assists as New York won for the second time in six games. >> Read more

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New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher (centre) prepares to draw up a play with assistant coaches Jim Cleamons (right) and Rasheed Hazzard durng a time out against Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)
New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher (centre) prepares to draw up a play with assistant coaches Jim Cleamons (right) and Rasheed Hazzard durng a time out against Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)

Without the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Jose Calderon, one might expect the Knicks to get blown out by a Raptors team led by two NBA all-stars on the road. 

But surprisingly enough, New York was able to hang tough throughout much of the contest. Much like their matchup with the Thunder earlier in the week, the Knicks received scrappy and gritty efforts from a number of players. Robin Lopez and Kyle O'Quinn manned the paint to the best of their abilities, but Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas was a beast on the offensive boards and fought hard to create massive second-chance scoring opportunities for his team. 

Given the weapons they had in available in their arsenal, it's impressive how close the Knicks remained, even closing the gap further at times with mini runs here and there. But in the end, they lacked the killer instinct to really attempt and get Toronto up against the wall. Players didn't seem to believe in themselves. No one or two players were confident enough to lead the charge and attack the opponent when they were teetering towards losing the lead. Gaining such a mentality comes with time together and added maturity as a team, regardless of whether or not the stars are suiting up. Just ask the Spurs.

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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) has his shot blocked by New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) has his shot blocked by New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

In a battle of rookie sensations, the Timberwolves seemed to have Kristaps Porzingis' number on the offensive end. The Knicks took an early and comfortable lead in the first half, clearly looking like a superior team. But as Karl-Anthony Towns began to heat up to start the third quarter, a twenty-point lead dwindled down to single digits, and Minnesota began to put the pressure on.

But luckily for Porzingis, this game was undeniably about a group effort, as a plethora of his teammates came to play in different ways. As Carmelo Anthony struggled to get high-percentagte looks, he crashed the boards with abandon and fought for opportunities, be it for himself or his teammates. The star missed a triple-double by one assist. What's more, Arron Afflalo had himself a dominant night on the offensive end, confidently hitting shots from deep, cashing in on his bread and butter buckets from the corners, and effectively attacking the basket to get to the line. Pouring in a game-high 29 points, he did it all.

And then there was Porzingis, who while struggling from the field, led one of the most spirited defensive efforts from New York all season long. He made his presence felt in another way. Towns' struggles early on and the opponent's inability to find an offensive rhythm was largely in part due to Porzingis, who was all over the place pestering players underneath the basket. His seven blocks tied his own Knicks' rookie record.

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