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Knicks Rumors: Nash, Lin, Fields, Novak

Following New York's Game Five loss in Miami last night, we rounded up a few Knicks-related notes, but the news and rumors keep coming. Here's the latest as the Knicks prepare for an eventful offseason:

  • Amare Stoudemire would love to play alongside former Suns teammate Steve Nash in the Big Apple next year, as he told Frank Isola and Kevin Armstrong of the New York Daily News. "Everyone knows that Steve loves New York and that New York loves Steve," Stoudemire said. "I love Steve. It would be great to have him here next year."
  • It's long been rumored that the Suns will offer Nash a two-year, $20MM deal, but Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld believes the point guard will leave money on the table to join a contender (Twitter link). The above-linked Daily News report suggests that if if Nash were to sign for the veteran minimum, he'd only go to a title contender. I'm not sure why he'd have to settle for the minimum though, no matter where he signed.
  • Jeremy Lin endorsed Knicks coach Mike Woodson, and told Marc Berman of the New York Post he'd like to remain in New York. According to Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld, as many as six teams could be preparing to make a run at Lin, though as I explained yesterday, the Gilbert Arenas provision will allow the Knicks to match any offers.
  • Landry Fields and Steve Novak were among the other Knicks free agents to express their desire to return next season. Fields told Ian Begley of he'd "love" to be back, while Novak said there's no place he'd rather play, according to Jared Zwerling of I think Fields will be re-signed, but the team may not have the financial flexibility to hang on to Novak.
  • Despite their early exit from this year's postseason, the Knicks are on the right track, says Tom Ziller of Stoudemire also sees better days ahead for the team, as George Willis of the New York Post writes.
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4 thoughts on “Knicks Rumors: Nash, Lin, Fields, Novak

  1. Harris

    With the Knicks over cap, and the MLE reserved for Lin, how could they possibly prepare an offer for Steve Nash? I guess they would only have the veterans minimum. Do teams have both the $5.75M MLE as well as the $2.5M MLE available every season?

    • HoopsRumors

      Nope, the $2.5MM MLE is only available for teams with cap room. The Knicks won’t have it this year.

      If the Knicks were going to sign Nash, I assume it would be at the expense of Lin, using the MLE. Being able to land both guys is a pipe dream unless one takes a significant discount.

      • Harris

        Would it be possible to shed cap space by having Amar’e and/or Melo restructure?

        • HoopsRumors

          Unfortunately not — player contracts can’t be restructured downward.

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