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  1. Pablo Prigioni agrees to three-year deal to return to Knicks

    Jul 4, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game One

    The Knicks solidified their backcourt for next season by agreeing to bring back two of the team’s key free agents. After getting J.R. Smith to return on a deal reported to be four years and close to $25 million, New York has come to terms with Pablo Prigioni, as well. From Al Innazzone of Newsday:…

  2. Reports: Knicks, J.R. Smith agree to four year deal

    Jul 4, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Happy Fourth of July, Knicks fans. We told you yesterday the two sides were getting close, now multiple reports and word from his agent confirm that the Knicks and J.R. Smith have agreed to terms on a new deal that will keep the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year racking up points for the Knicks…

  3. Report: Knicks nearing deal to re-sign J.R. Smith

    Jul 3, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith celebrates scoring past Washington Wizards during their NBA basketball game in Manhattan

    This was ultimately the deal both sides wanted, and now they care close to making it happen. The Knicks are near a deal to re-sign J.R. Smith to a multi-year contract, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The two sides are finalizing the number of years (likely three, it can’t be more than four under…

  4. Report: Knicks offer Pablo Prigioni two-year deal

    Jul 3, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    Pablo Prigioni

    As a 36-year-old NBA rookie (after a long career in Europe), Pablo Prigioni was good for the Knicks. The ball movement and spacing was just better with him on the court. For example, the Knicks best +/- lineup last season that played at least 40 minutes was one with Prigioni, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Steve…

  5. Nets reportedly out of the running for Kyle Korver

    Jul 3, 2013, 10:02 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    It was only a short time ago when Kyle Korver signing with Brooklyn in free agency was believed to be “in the bag.” That bag has quickly become empty, as the Nets are now reportedly out of the running for Korver’s services. Chris Broussard of ESPN.com says it came down to money, which Brooklyn has very…

  6. Bucks may be the team that makes a big offer to J.R. Smith

    Jul 3, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    There have been a few teams reportedly interested in pursuing the reigning Sixth Man of the Year in J.R. Smith, but any offer to pry him away from the Knicks would have to come at a fairly high price. New York can only offer Smith a four-year deal in the neighborhood of $25 million under…

  7. Report: Bucks, Suns, Pistons may try to poach J.R. Smith from Knicks

    Jul 1, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

    John Starks, J.R. Smith

    The Knicks remain the odds-on favorite to retain their second scoring option and Sixth Man of the Year, J.R. Smith. But there is a limit to how much they can offer him. The Knicks have Smith’s Early Bird rights (and are over the tax line), so they can only offer a deal for 175 percent…

  8. Report: Knicks have interest in Monta Ellis for some reason

    Jul 1, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    Because what the Knicks really need is another volume shooter. What they lack is a guy who needs the ball in his hands and shoots a low percentage on the shots he creates, and then is disinterested on defense. Nonetheless the Knicks have interest in Monta Ellis, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. The good…

  9. One dozen NBA free agents to watch (not named Howard or Paul)

    Jul 1, 2013, 3:51 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Chris Paul is going to stay a Clipper. Dwight Howard is going to do whatever it is Dwight Howard is going to do. But those two are not the only guys who became free agents at the stroke of midnight and we ventured into Monday. Here are a dozen other newly minted free agents worth…

  10. Report: Bucks have ‘strong’ interest in J.R. Smith

    Jun 27, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Five

    J.R. Smith opted out of the final year of his deal with the Knicks, and that was the smart move financially following his Sixth Man of the Year award-winning season. It doesn’t mean Smith won’t return to New York, but it does mean that other teams may throw a lot more money in his direction…

  11. Report: J.R. Smith won’t pick up player option to return to Knicks, but team wants him back

    Jun 25, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    John Starks, J.R. Smith

    As expected, J.R. Smith will not be picking up his player option for next season, which will make him an unrestricted free agent. That doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t be back with the Knicks; it just won’t be for only one year at $2.9 million. From Al Innazzone of Newsday: J.R. Smith will not pick…

  12. NBA stars will join Chris Wright to raise money to fight MS

    Jun 24, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT

    Chris Wright, John Jenkins

    This past season, Chris Wright became the first ever player diagnosed with multiple sclerosis to ever play in the NBA. After starting the season in the D-League he got a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks. The disease, commonly known as MS, impacts the brain and spinal cord when the protective sheaths around the nerves…

  13. Report: As expected. J.R. Smith will opt out of last year of contract

    Jun 4, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    John Starks, J.R. Smith

    After a campaign that landed him the Sixth Man of the Year award, J.R. Smith wants to get paid. As has been expected, the Knicks ‘s swingman is going to opt out of the last year of his deal worth $2.9 million, reports Jared Zwerling at ESPNNewYork.com. J.R. Smith will not opt in with the…

  14. Nate Robinson would be open to returning to Knicks in free agency

    Jun 1, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    nate robinson knicks

    Nate Robinson put together a stellar postseason run that kept the Bulls scratching and clawing to the very end in the second round of the playoffs, despite suffering a rash of injuries to several key players. It was excellent timing for Robinson, considering the fact that he’s an unrestricted free agent this summer. There will…

  15. Report: Carmelo Anthony wants Knicks to add another scorer

    May 29, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony doesn’t care about the math — if he did, he’d know it’s going to be very difficult for the Knicks to change the roster much this summer. No, Carmelo Anthony just wants to win a title and he understands the Knicks roster as it stands is maybe fourth best in the East next…

  16. Report: Knicks want J.R. Smith back, but his brother Chris… not so much

    May 27, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

    "A Year In A New York Minute" Photo Exhibition

    Last season Chris Smith — the brother of Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith — spent time with the Knicks D-League affiliate. The Knicks may want to add a more athletic, explosive point guard this summer (even if they keep both Pablo Prigioni and Jason Kidd) and the Knicks certainly want to re-sign free…

  17. Report: Knicks’ J.R. Smith played end of season with fluid in his knee

    May 24, 2013, 7:21 AM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    J.R. Smith struggled in the playoffs. Well, he looked great the first couple games but he really struggled after returning from a one-game suspension for an elbow to the head of Boston’s Jason Terry in the first round. Against the Pacers he averaged 14 points a game but on just 29 percent shooting. His play…

  18. Wednesday And-1 links: The Knicks expect Jason Kidd back

    May 22, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard Kidd looks down during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Knicks GM Glen Grunwald says after his exit meeting with Jason Kidd, he…

  19. Jim Boeheim says Knicks problem is not Carmelo, it’s everyone else

    May 21, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

    BOEHEIM ANTHONY

    A good coach always has his players’ backs in public. Even if he hasn’t coached them in a decade. Enter legendary Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, who like a lot of people in the great state of New York was watching Carmelo Antony lead the Knicks to eventual second round playoff elimination this year. You’ll remember…

  20. J.R. Smith, likely entering free agency, says he ‘wants to retire a Knick’

    May 19, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    J.R. Smith had an incredible regular season for the Knicks, and was every bit deserving of the Sixth Man of the Year honor he was given for that performance. He also was brutal in the postseason, struggling to find his shot ever since he was suspended for Game 4 in the first round of the…

  21. Pacers advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with Game 6 win over Knicks

    May 19, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    The Pacers sent all five members of the starting lineup to the podium for the postgame press conference following their 106-99 Game 6 win over the Knicks, which goes a long way in telling the story of how they were able to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The team defensive effort that Indiana exhibits…

  22. Friday And-1 links: Hawks to interview Stan Van Gundy, Budenholzer

    May 17, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • While they may be looking overseas for a coach, the Hawks are looking…

  23. Small ball, no George Hill, enough for Knicks to win, stave off elimination

    May 16, 2013, 11:37 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Chris Copeland celebrates a basket in the second half with his teammate Carmelo Anthony during the Knicks' 85-75 win over the Indiana Pacers' in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series in New York

    The Knicks didn’t solve the Pacers defense Thursday night. New York made some good little runs — with George Hill out for Indiana Raymond Felton was getting into the lane and making things happen more often, plus Chris Copeland showed why he should get more run — but overall the Knicks scored a pedestrian 85…

  24. Knicks head coach Mike Woodson says he’s ‘expecting to win’ Game 5 vs. Pacers

    May 16, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    The Knicks are facing elimination Thursday night, trailing three games to one in their playoff series against the Pacers. New York hopes that returning to play at Madison Square Garden, where the team was 31-10 during the regular season, may help them snap out of their offensive funk and force a Game 6 back in…

  25. Mike Woodson on Knicks struggles: “Blame it on me”

    May 15, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    J.R. Smith did the manly thing and said to blame him for the Knicks struggles against the Pacers. And certainly his shooting slump (exacerbated by the Pacers stout defense) isn’t helping matters. But Mike Woodson is a stand up coach; he’s not going to let the Sixth Man of the Year throw himself under the…

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