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New York Knicks’ Thanasis Antetokounmpo Signs with Westchester Knicks

August 21st, 2014 at 6:59 PM
By Matt Agne

There's been a lot of speculation on the future of New York Knicks second round pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo. Some had him making the Knicks roster. Other's had him joining a team overseas. Some had him accepting the Knicks offer and becoming a free agent because of the Knicks lack of roster space. Instead, Antetokounmpo will be joining the Knicks' D-League affiliate the Westchester Knicks for the upcoming season.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo is an NBA-ready defender. However, his offensive game needs some seasoning. That being said, he's a good enough player to play on the NBA level this upcoming season. However, the New York Knicks lack the roster space to carry Antetokounmpo.

Antetokounmpo's future has been in such question that some feared the Knicks would lose control over his rights because he'd accept the contract tender the Knicks would offer him and then not make the final roster, making him an unrestricted free agent.

When Phil Jackson drafted Antetokounmpo he did so with the intention of stashing him overseas for a season so he could develop his game and the Knicks could add him to their roster in 2015 when the team gains financial and roster flexibility.

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Michael Jordan Challenges Knicks President Phil Jackson to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (Video)

August 21st, 2014 at 2:27 PM
By Doug Rush

By now, everyone has heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and donations for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

From Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Chris Christie, everyone has been taking part in this challenge and thus far, over $31.5 million has been donated to the ALS Foundation and counting.

After New York Yankees captain and shortstop Derek Jeter completed his Ice Bucket Challenge, he then challenged Michael Jordan to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge himself, which he did so on Thursday.

Before the current Charlotte Hornets owner and former Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards Hall of Famer did so, he challenged his former Bulls coach and current New York Knicks president Phil Jackson to take the challenge himself.

Also in Jordan's challenge, he nominated the entire 1992 Dream Team, which was the United States Olympic basketball team that won the Gold medal that year and is still considered one of the most dominating teams ever assembled. Part of that team is also former Knicks center Patrick Ewing, who is now on the clock along with Jackson to complete the challenge.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers Looking to Trade for Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire Again

August 21st, 2014 at 2:08 PM
By Doug Rush

Last month while the New York Knicks were in the middle of their major roster overhaul; part of which sent Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton along with their contracts to the Dallas Mavericks, there was talk of another deal possibly heating up.

There were rumblings of a deal centering around the Knicks sending Amar'e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert to the Philadelphia 76ers, shedding Stoudemire's $23 million contract, which is in the final year of the deal that he signed with the Knicks back in the summer of 2010. The deal never went through though, as Stoudemire and Shumpert both remain Knicks for the time being.

That could change though this season, as talks are starting up again that involve Stoudemire possibly being dealt to Philadelphia in the season and the reason the 76ers may be open, or even all for the deal is because of the NBA salary cap rules, as per Charles Curtis of NJ.com:

"The Sixers are under the minimum ($56.759 million) at $39.988M in salaries. But as Kyler wrote, NBA teams are required to meet the minimum by the end of the season, though the penalty for not reaching it is paying their current players the remaining cash: "What’s far more likely is that the long rumored Amar’e Stoudemire to Philadelphia deal gets done at the deadline. The Sixers take on Stoudemire’s $23 million salary cap number, which pushes them way over the minimum. They would only owe him roughly 30 percent of his remaining contract, so they’d end up paying him $7 million in cash and likely extract a draft pick or a rookie scale player for their troubles Flexibility in the NBA is currency – both figuratively and literally. The 76ers will likely meet the floor; they just are not incentivized in any way to do it before the trade deadline."
It's not clear if Shumpert would still have to be included in the deal, but it certainly seems like Stoudemire's contract would help the 76ers push themselves over the minimum salary number, which is $56 million and they are currently at $39 million.
Stoudemire, who will turn 32 in November, signed a five-year, $99.7 million deal on July 5, 2010, has been injury-plagued ever since his first season for the Knicks in 2010-2011; playing in 47, 29 and 65 games in each of the last three seasons.
In his last season with the Knicks where he played 65 games, Stoudemire had just 11.9 points per game. 4.9 rebounds per game and played in 22.6 minutes per game, which are way down from his career averages of 20.4 points per game and 8.9 rebounds with 33 minutes per game.
In his first and really only productive season with the Knicks when he was still considered a top forward/center in the game, Stoudemire had 25.3 points per game with 8.2 rebounds and played in 36.8 minutes.
If Stoudemire isn't traded before the season starts, he is expected to be penciled in as the starting center in the lineup, although with the new regime of Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher taking over in New York, that can certainly change in a hurry for the man known as "STAT."

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New York Knicks Eyeing Jordan Crawford?

August 20th, 2014 at 1:27 PM
By Matt Agne

There have ben plenty of rumors about the New York Knicks and guards this off-season. In fact, there's even been direct rumors about the Knicks showing interest in Jordan Crawford. However, at this point in the off-season most believed that the Knicks roster was set. Apparently, that might not be the case as the Knicks and Crawford are once again being connected by the rumor mill.

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Jordan Crawford made a name for himself as a member of the Boston Celtics. However, after his trade to the Golden State Warriors he saw his minutes and production drop. Now he's finding it hard to land a new job.

Like the New York Knicks, the Warriors are guard-heavy. As a result, he was never able to find regular playing time on his new club. So, it shouldn't surprise anyone that the Warriors, who have financial limits, chose not to extend Crawford his $3,206,867 qualifying offer.

What is a surprise is the fact that Crawford is yet to land a new deal since becoming an unrestricted free agent. The four-year veteran is still without a team midway through August.

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New York Knicks’ Phil Jackson Buys Manhattan Apartment

August 20th, 2014 at 7:07 AM
By Matt Agne

There's been a lot of talk about Phil Jackson spending most of his time on the west coast despite re-building the New York Knicks as an organization. However, his time may be split between coasts more than most think. Jackson bought an apartment in Manhattan for nearly $5 million.

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Work may be a four letter word but it becomes easier to show up day after day when your commute isn't that long. Phil Jackson's commute to Madison Square Garden just became significantly shorter. Instead of flying across country all the time, he now has a home of his own in the heart of New York City.

Neal J. Leitereg of The LA Times reports the first-year team president has purchased a 2,600 square foot co-op for $4.85 million.

The property originally came to market in February with an asking price of $4.995 million. Amanda S. Brainerd at Brown Harris Stevens was the listing agent.

In addition to his new midtown apartment, Jackson owns a modern beachfront home in Playa del Rey and a house on Flathead Lake in western Montana.

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