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Report: Knicks will not match offer sheet for Jeremy Lin 07.17.12 at 5:06 pm ET
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“Linsanity” appears have shifted to from the Big Apple to Space City, as Jeremy Lin will reportedly play next season with the Rockets according to New York Times NBA writer Howard Beck. The Knicks, who had until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday to match the Rockets’ three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet to Lin, have reportedly elected not to match.

The ultimate cost of the deal down the road dissuaded the Knicks from matching, as the deal would have resulted in serious luxury tax penalties. The Rockets’ offer includes a third-year balloon payment of $14.9 million, which would have cost the Knicks $35 million or more in luxury tax penalties had New York matched the offer sheet.

There had been hints that the Knicks would not match the offer for Lin, as the team acquired Raymond Felton earlier in the week and had previously acquired Jason Kidd. However, there had still been a chance that the Knicks held on to all three guards.

Lin, who averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists in 26.9 minutes per game in his 35 appearances last season with New York, had captured the hearts of New York with his surprise explosion onto the NBA scene last year.

Now that the Harvard grad has joined the Rockets, it makes it more difficult for Houston to acquire Dwight Howard as it will not have much more cap space to make a deal for a player of his salary.

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Marcus Camby, Knicks reportedly have ‘very positive’ meeting 07.09.12 at 11:10 am ET
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Marcus Camby

Veteran free agent center Marcus Camby had a “very positive” meeting with the Knicks on Sunday in Houston, reports ESPNNewYork.com.

New York has had discussions with the Rockets about Camby, as well as the Mavericks about a sign-and-trade for free agent Jason Kidd, who agreed to join the Knicks earlier this week, sources told ESPN.

The Knicks are said to be hoping to make a sign-and-trade deal for either Kidd or Camby and use their $3.09 million mid-level exception to sign the other. The Knicks likely will send out Toney Douglas, Jerome Jordan, Dan Gadzuric, a future second-round draft pick and possibly cash to cover Douglas’ 2012-13 salary. The contracts for Jordan and Gadzuric are not guaranteed.

Camby, a Hartford native and former UMass star, played three seasons with the Knicks, from 1999-2002, including starting at center in the 1999 NBA finals in place of the injured Patrick Ewing. Now 37, Camby still is an effective rebounder and shot-blocker, averaging 9.0 boards and 1.4 blocks in 23 minutes per game for Portland and Houston last season.

Other teams reportedly in the mix for Camby include the Nets, Mavericks, Heat and Spurs.

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Report: NBA will investigate Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire for homosexual slur to fan on Twitter 06.25.12 at 12:16 pm ET
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One week after both Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields received NBA Social Media awards, sources told the New York Post that the NBA plans to investigate the authenticity of a homosexual slur recently tweeted by their Knicks teammate Amar’e Stoudemire.

After receiving a harshly worded tweet from a fan telling him he needed to step it up next season, Stoudemire allegedly sent a direct message to the fan calling him a homosexual slur.

“You better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season, dead[butt],” the fan tweeted.

Stoudemire’s alleged reply was: “[Expletive] you. I don’t have to do anything [slur].’’

The fan forwarded the photo of the tweets to Deadspin.com, which later reported that Stoudemire ultimately apologized to the fan, though only after the story had been published.

“I apologize for what I said earlier,” Stoudemire allegedly messaged. “I just got off the plane and had time to think about it. Sorry bro!! No excuses. Won’t happen again.”

Stoudemire’s spokesperson did not return several messages from the Post seeking comment on whether Stoudemire actually sent the message.

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Jeremy Lin’s agent ‘not going to assume’ he will be back with Knicks 05.21.12 at 8:55 pm ET
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Jeremy Lin appears likely to return to the Knicks, but his agent says it's not a sure thing. (AP)

Jeremy Lin might not be back with the Knicks next year.

The Knicks point guard is a restricted free agent this offseason, and after a breakout season, Lin has the opportunity to see the contract offers he can get from other teams. However, thanks to a clause in the CBA, New York can match any offer made to Lin.

“We don’t have assurances of anything,” Lin’s agent, Roger Montgomery, said in an interview with the New York Post. “I know history shows most restricted free agents go back to their team, but I’m not going to assume anything. We’re waiting to see what happens.”

This statement comes after Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Lin would “absolutely” be back with the team next year.

Lin’s contract situation is complicated due to the ongoing dispute of whether Lin, Steve Novak, J.J. Hickson and Chauncey Billups should be able to re-sign with their teams by using the Bird or early Bird exceptions to the salary cap.

If the Knicks cannot use their Bird rights on Lin, the Knicks are still expected to sign him. However, the team would have difficulty also signing Novak, who led the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage.

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End of Linsanity? Knicks announce Jeremy Lin to undergo surgery 03.31.12 at 6:27 pm ET
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The New York Knicks announced (via twitter) that point guard Jeremy Lin will be sidelined for approximately six weeks “after an MRI revealed [a] small chronic meniscus tear.”

“I want to be out there helping the team. It’s a six-week rehab process but I heal quickly so we’ll see,” Lin told reporters.

Lin is averaging 14.6 points, 6.1 assists and 3.6 turnovers per game in 35 games in which he’s averaged 27 minutes a night for the Knicks. Of course, since becoming a regular in the Knicks rotation, he has higher numbers across the board, including 18.5 points a night in his last 26 games. Still, the 23-year-old has been limited by the injury, and had not played since March 24.

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Jeremy Lin: For several teams, emerging star the one who got away 02.11.12 at 2:22 pm ET
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Jeremy Lin is riding an improbable hot streak to social media fame. (AP)For the Lakers, Lin was there for the taking.

Harvard grad Jeremy Lin came off the bench and led the New York Knicks to a 99-92 victory over the Nets at Madison Square Garden last Saturday night. On Wednesday night, he led the Knicks with 28 points and 10 assists over the Washington Wizards in his first start, and he has since inspired the viral spread of Linsanity that is sweeping the nation.

Today, several teams that could have had Lin are regretting their decisions. For the Lakers, against whom Lin scored 38 on Friday to lead the Knicks to a 92-85 win, the point guard was there for the taking.

“I knew who [Lin] was because when he was floating out there, I know Mitch had some interest in him and he brought his name up to me,” Lakers Coach Mike Brown told the Los Angeles Times, referring to General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

When the Lakers passed on Lin, he went to Houston. After a short stay there, he was released and signed over to New York, something that has inspired profound regret in Rockets general manager Daryl Morey. Morey now is on the Lin bandwagon, while noting his regret that Houston is among the 29 teams that missed an opportunity to acquire a player who has emerged as a phenomenon.

Morey tweeted: We should have kept [Lin]. Did not know he was this good. Anyone who says they knew misleading U.

In a separate tweet, he said: Finally, really happy for [Lin.] Very hard working, nice, & humble. He has a great, great future.

Even Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob expressed his regret during a radio interview at KNBR in San Francisco.

“I would be lying if I thought … he’d be this good [and] all of a sudden explode on the scene,” Lacob said, according to the New York Post. “It’s a great, perfect situation where he got an amazing opportunity. None of the other guards in New York were playing well. So I give him all the credit in the world, and obviously we wish we had him.”

Lin’s overnight success has awed fans everywhere while leaving those who passed up on him embarrassed.

Of course, the Knicks nearly lost their shot at the point guard as well. As the New York Times documents: Read the rest of this entry »

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Knicks name former Hawks coach Mike Woodson as defensive assistant 08.29.11 at 1:23 pm ET
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The Knicks will announce Mike Woodson as the new defensive assistant to Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni. Woodson, a former Knicks draft pick, was part of the Pistons coaching staff during their 2003-04 championship run, then coached the Hawks from 2004-10.

The Knicks had wanted Woodson for the job since an Aug. 1 meeting in New York with D’Antoni.

“I was extremely encouraged after meeting with Mike that he would be a great addition to our coaching staff and we are pleased to welcome him back to New York,” D’Antoni said in a statement.

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Amar’e Stoudemire wants to produce horror flick 05.26.11 at 8:36 am ET
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Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire is keeping busy this offseason. The forward is in discussions to become the executive producer of the horror film, “The Strangers 2,” which is a sequel to the creepy 2008 film “The Strangers.”

Stoudemire is also heading to the west coast to film a cameo in “Entourage,” and already has filmed a cameo in the comedy “New Year’s Eve.”

In addition to being involved in film, Stoudemire is a fashion designer and plans on launching a women’s clothing line in September with Rachel Roy.

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Knicks reportedly interested in Samuel Dalembert 05.24.11 at 2:34 pm ET
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The Knicks struggled to find a center to play alongside power forward Amar’e Stoudemire throughout last season. Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix tweets New York is more interested in Sacramento’s Samuel Dalembert or Dallas’ Tyson Chandler than Memphis’ Marc Gasol: “Been told the Knicks aren’t overly interested in Marc Gasol. Not the type of center they’re looking for. Dalembert, Chandler more their type.”

Chandler and Dalembert will be unrestricted free agents, while Gasol is restricted. The Celtics could also be interested in Dalembert.

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Knicks could target Andre Iguodala before February trade deadline 12.09.10 at 11:52 am ET
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Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that the Knicks believe the 76ers would be willing to discuss deals involving swingman Andre Iguodala as the Feb. 24 trade deadline approaches. The team has its eyes set on acquiring Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets, but if the deadline approaches and no deal has been set for Anthony, then Iguodala would be a player the Knicks would be interested in.

The Knicks, according to Berger, are one of the teams in a position to absorb salary in the labor environment, and would be looking for another superstar player to team with Amare Stoudemire.

Anthony’s contract will be up following the 2010-2011 season.

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