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Are you optimistic about Bargnani?

ESPN (Ian Begley) — By most measures, Andrea Bargnani's season with the Knicks last year was a forgettable one. New York’s offense was 6.8 points better (per 100 possessions) when Bargnani was on the bench. On defense, the Knicks allowed one fewer point per 100 possessions when Bargnani was off the court.And then there’s this: The Knicks went 15-27 before Bargnani went down with an elbow injury and...
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Knicks to wear orange again in 2014-15

ESPN (Ian Begley) — The New York Knicks will wear their orange alternate jerseys again in 2014-15. And the Christmas Day uniforms will have first names instead of last names on the back of the jerseys. So, assuming the Knicks play on Christmas Day, Carmelo Anthony's jersey will have “Carmelo” on the back instead of “Anthony.”Uni-Watch first detailed the Christmas Day jerseys here. Of...
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Source: Knicks open to dealing J.R., Shump

ESPN (Ian Begley) — Working to clear the log jam in the backcourt, the Knicks are discussing their potential trade options with guards J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Shane Larkin, a league source said on Sunday. “They’re working on trying to make a move in the backcourt,” the NBA source familiar with the Knicks’ thinking said. The idea that the Knicks are trying to make a trade to balance...
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Is Melo's contract worst among 2014 free agents?

ESPN (ESPN New York) — One metric ranks Carmelo Anthony’s contract as the worst that’s been handed out so far in NBA free agency. Carmelo Anthony#7 SFNew York Knicks2014 STATSGM77PPG27.4RPG8.1APG3.1FG%.452FT%.848ESPN Insider Tom Haberstroh has a metric to measure the value –- or lack thereof –- of contracts handed out so far in free agency. He compared the player’s average annual salary...
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Playoffs? Here are 3 keys for Fisher, Knicks

ESPN (Ian Begley) — Derek Fisher stirred the emotions of some Knicks fans when he said earlier in the week that he thought New York would be a playoff team next season. "I believe in our guys," Fisher said Monday. "Even if nothing else changes, we’re good enough to be a playoff team in the Eastern Conference, but we have to go out and prove it."Fisher, we should point out, said exactly what he is supposed...
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Phil details how Dolan removed doubts

ESPN (Ohm Youngmisuk) — Before Phil Jackson decided to try to lead the Knicks to the Promised Land, he and Jim Dolan had “a meeting of the minds” in the desert. In an excerpt of his book “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty” which appears in the New York Daily News, Jackson details how two meetings with Dolan led to his return to the Knicks as team...
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Melo selfless, not selfish, for taking $124M

ESPN (Ian Begley) — Carmelo Anthony has been one of the more polarizing figures in New York sports over the past three years. At the beginning of his Knicks career, Carmelo was criticized for the way he arrived in the Big Apple (blockbuster three-team trade, instead of signing as a free agent).Now, he’s being critiqued for the way he chose to return to the Knicks. Anthony signed a $124 million contract with...
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J.R. 'wouldn't blame' Phil for trading him

ESPN (Ian Begley) — J.R. Smith is confident the Knicks can win the Eastern Conference this season, but is he confident he’ll be a part of the team?Smith appeared on ESPN2’s First Take on Wednesday and talked about the Knicks’ glut at shooting guard and said he “wouldn’t blame” Phil Jackson and the Knicks if the team decided to trade him last season. “No. Absolutely not....
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Less money is more for Melo, Knicks in '15

ESPN (Ian Begley) — Carmelo Anthony's contract with the Knicks is worth $124 million over five years, sources told ESPN New York. That's $5 million less than the maximum. Here's what that discount means for the Knicks: A little more $ to spend in 2015: Carmelo's contract starts at the maximum salary of $22.458 million. League sources told ESPN New York that Anthony's contract will increase "slightly" in the...
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Fisher: We'll be ‘a playoff team’ in 2014-15

ESPN (Ian Begley) — In a message that is sure to be soothing to some Knicks fans, Derek Fisher said on Monday that he's confident New York will be back in the playoffs next spring. "I believe in our guys," Fisher said in Las Vegas after the Knicks’ Summer League team practice, according to published reports. "Even if nothing else changes, we’re good enough to be a playoff team in the Eastern...
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Melo's back, so what's next for Knicks?

ESPN (Ian Begley) — Phil Jackson has landed Carmelo Anthony. So what’s next?Below, we take a brief look at what Carmelo’s re-signing means for the Knicks and how Jackson may use his flexibility going forward. Summer of 2014: The Knicks are in a tough spot when it comes to the salary cap. The specific details of Carmelo’s contract have not been released. But it’s safe to assume that...
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Phil: Melo no longer 'Mr. Do It All' for Knicks

ESPN (Fred Katz | Special to ESPNNewYork.com) — LAS VEGAS -- Re-signing Carmelo Anthony was the first step in a series of moves the Knicks need to become competitive once again. Still, Phil Jackson’s team is a long way away from building a championship roster.No matter what the Knicks do the rest of the offseason, it’s going to take time, and Jackson knows that.“If we’re still going to sit and rely on Carmelo to do...
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Melo deal allows Phil more 'wiggle room'

ESPN (Fred Katz | Special to ESPNNewYork.com) — Carmelo Anthony is coming back to New York, as the Knicks announced Sunday afternoon, and for the first time, we know some of the more intimate details of the contract.ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported Saturday that the deal would be somewhere “north of $122 million.” Sunday, Phil Jackson insinuated the deal could pay Anthony less early in the contract.“He did exactly...
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Melo's on board; now it's up to Phil, Fish

ESPN (Ohm Youngmisuk) — Carmelo Anthony spent hours talking with Tom Thibodeau. He listened to persuasive pitches from the Rockets and Mavericks. He contemplated what life in Hollywood would be like alongside best friend Kobe Bryant. He might have even allowed himself to fantasize about teaming up with LeBron James somewhere. But after a long -- and perhaps agonizing -- wait for the Knicks, Melo is staying in New...
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Rapid Reaction: Melo returns to Knicks

ESPN (Ian Begley) — Carmelo Anthony will spend the prime years of his career with the New York Knicks. Here is what Anthony's return means to the Knicks: Carmelo Anthony#7 SFNew York Knicks2014 STATSGM77PPG27.4RPG8.1APG3.1FG%.452FT%.848The wait is over: Anthony was having a tough time deciding between the Bulls, Lakers and Knicks. Ultimately, it came down to a decision between Chicago and New York. The Bulls...
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