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Knicks reach terms to keep Steve Novak for four years

Jul 9, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

Steve Novak AP

If you are an NBA role player and want to stay in the league, you need to have one exceptional skill, do one thing particularly well and find teams who need that skill.

Steve Novak can shoot the three — he shot 47.2 percent from deep last season and took 5.2 a game. The New York Knicks need shooters who can space the floor for Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.

Novak and the Knicks have agreed to terms of a new deal, his agent has confirmed to multiple outlets. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports Network tweets that is a four-year, $15 million deal.

Novak will be putting on his championship belt — ala WWE — when he hits big shots in New York for a few more years.

The deal sounds about right. Novak is a player fans love — chicks dig the long ball — who serves a purpose, is not too expensive and could be part of future trades. Good signing.

Because the NBA players union worked out a settlement with the league on an arbitration case, the Knicks were able to sign Novak using his Bird rights, keeping their mid-level exception around to chase other free agent targets.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Finally, a reasonable signing! That’s good for both sides.

  2. loukwarm - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Good move, on the cheap…can obviously help, him and JR made for some exciting moments last year…now if they can just get the ball moving…out to these shooters…you know…instead of sitting on the block in #7 hands the whooooooole time.

  3. jolink653 - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    i think he can be even better if the knicks keep lin and he’s able to stay healthy for most of the season…novak thrives off kickouts and once lin went down bdiddy and bibby didn’t penetrate as much as they should have and novak was forced into a lot of contested threes whereas lin got him a lot of wide open looks when the defense would collapse in…lin’s game is predicated on getting into the paint and make things happen so let’s hope he and novakaine can get it going again next season

    • londonaiooo - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      Unfortunately the Knicks will be playing Melo Iso’s, which doesn’t involve a huge amount to Lin driving or Melo kicking it out (or Amare doing anything).

      • letangusespertplus - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:32 AM

        dont tell him that on twitter tho

      • jolink653 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

        i don’t think we’ll see as much iso as everyone is expecting…if you look at the number of shots taken during that stretch melo deferred to lin a lot in the limited time they played together and the reason the knicks were doing so well with lin is because they were attacking the paint instead of settling for outside jumpers and melo only went back to iso once they went back to having no real legit point guard

  4. knightrider1755 - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Novak was a no-show against the Heat in the playoffs. He is a one-dimensional shooter who can’t score if a defender is up close and can’t create his own shot. All good reasons for why the Spurs passed him along. With his poor defensive skills and total reliability on his 3-point shot, would be surprised if he lasts long with the Knicks.

  5. dysraw1 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    yeah we signed Novak big deal the Knicks did not make the splash in free agency that i expected them to make up to this point im very discouraged by the poor level of recruiting and lack of creativity at this point we are still 6th to 8th seed teams are making moves improving themselves and the go an dig up J Kidd no knock on Kidd 10 years ago he would dismantle teams single handed. today hes a great back up with assistant coach stature an that’s cool to we need big guns to stand out front

  6. muskyhunter2542 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    I really wanted him in Milwaukee

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