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  1. Ten NBA must-watch games this season

    Aug 6, 2013, 7:24 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    The NBA schedule is out and it’s a little like Christmas Day (unless you’re a beat reporter, then it’s explain to your wife how much you’ll be gone day, which is a lot less fun). Today is the day you can really start to taste the matchups that are coming. There are more good storylines…

  2. Report: Knicks to open the season at home against Bucks

    Aug 5, 2013, 9:35 PM EST

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    This is the final schedule leak you’ll receive from us, so soak it up in all of its August glory. The New York Knicks will open the season at home against the rebuilding Milwaukee Bucks, according to a report from Marc Berman of the New York Post. While many teams in big markets have marquee…

  3. Carmelo Anthony reiterates he will not have shoulder surgery

    Aug 4, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Five

    Carmelo Anthony played through the NBA playoffs last year with a shoulder injury, a partially torn labrum. That is an injury that can be slow to heal (just ask Dwight Howard) and sometimes requires surgery. Anthony said six weeks ago he did not want surgery. Speaking with the New York Daily News he reiterated he…

  4. J.R. Smith has been paid out half of the three-year, $17 million-dollar contract he just signed

    Jul 27, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

    John Starks, J.R. Smith

    The rules of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement are fascinating to a certain segment of NBA fans, so with that in mind, we bring you this financial quirk involving J.R. Smith. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year signed a three-year deal worth just under $18 million to remain with the Knicks a few weeks…

  5. J.R. Smith’s new contract with the Knicks is only for three seasons

    Jul 17, 2013, 12:03 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    When word surfaced that J.R. Smith underwent knee surgery that would keep him out of action for the next three-four months, Knicks fans weren’t all that happy to hear that a player their favorite team just signed to a four-year contract was one that had been experiencing chronic knee issues. While there isn’t anything different…

  6. Knicks’ J.R. Smith has knee surgery, out 3-4 months

    Jul 15, 2013, 7:38 PM EST

    New York Knicks' Smith is surrounded by team mates after making a last second shot to beat Charlotte Bobcats in their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    The Knicks were having their best day of the summer, having just come to terms to bring Metta World Peace back home and now this: J.R. Smith had patella tendon surgery and his knee scoped to repair a tear in the lateral meniscus of his left knee, the team announced Monday. Recovery time is three…

  7. Mike Woodson confident in his ability to coach any player, including Metta World Peace

    Jul 14, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Woodson JR Smith

    LAS VEGAS — Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is with the team in Las Vegas for Summer League, and with reports of mutual interest between New York and Metta World Peace now that he’s cleared amnesty waivers, Woodson was asked if he thought he might have a knack for coaching players with, shall we say, a…

  8. Reports: Metta World Peace clears amnesty waivers, Knicks may be frontrunners

    Jul 14, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Metta World Peace is known for saying a lot of things that may provide entertainment value, but that you can’t always take 100 percent seriously. For example, after being amnestied by the Lakers, World Peace said he may consider playing basketball in China or even giving arena football a try before he’d look to an…

  9. Thursday And-1 links: List of deals that have become official

    Jul 11, 2013, 10:29 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers Paul reacts during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    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 like they love going to Vegas for Summer League… • Since the calendar flipped…

  10. NBA sets salary cap and luxury-tax line slightly higher than expected

    Jul 9, 2013, 10:48 PM EST

    NBA Commissioner David Stern Announces Retirement

    The NBA’s salary cap and luxury-tax line for the 2013-14 season will be higher than last projected, though not quite as high as once hoped. NBA PR: NBA Salary Cap for the 2013-14 season will be $58.679M. The tax level for the 2013-14 season has been set at $71.748M Larry Coon provides more details of…

  11. Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers next summer? People are talking about it.

    Jul 9, 2013, 11:36 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    Especially without Dwight Howard sticking around, the Lakers are loaded with cap space next summer — right now only Steve Nash is on the books for the summer of 2014 (and they could waive him and use the stretch provision to provide more cap space). The Lakers will ink Kobe Bryant to a new, discounted…

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

    Jul 4, 2013, 3:02 PM EST

    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:…

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

    Jul 4, 2013, 10:34 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 3, 2013, 8:26 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 3, 2013, 11:03 AM EST

    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…

  16. Nets reportedly out of the running for Kyle Korver

    Jul 3, 2013, 10:02 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 3, 2013, 9:31 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 1, 2013, 1:27 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 1, 2013, 11:31 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 1, 2013, 3:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 27, 2013, 12:17 AM EST

    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…

  22. 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 EST

    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…

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

    Jun 24, 2013, 2:43 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 4, 2013, 7:59 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 1, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    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…

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