The Knicks and Nets have both been busy since their respective seasons came to a conclusion earlier this spring. For the Knicks, the team's attention has been focused on the future of Jeremy Lin while the Nets' energy has been spent on convincing Deron Williams to remain with the franchise. With the draft looming on Thursday and the start of free agency set to begin less than two weeks later, both New York and Brooklyn are in store for a working summer as the two teams look to reload for the fall. Let's check in on the latest news from Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center...
- Lin has spent a portion of his offseason working out with teammates Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler in California, writes Al Iannazzone of Newsday. The trio will head to Las Vegas on July 6 to begin Olympic team training camp.
- Marc Berman of the New York Post says Knicks head coach Mike Woodson paid a visit to Lin, Anthony and Chandler in Los Angeles to check in on his top players. Woodson spent five days on the West Coast as part of his trip was to ensure Lin knew how valuable he is to the franchise's future success.
- Jason Kidd wouldn't mind backing up a quality point guard like Lin, Williams or Steve Nash as his sole focus is helping a team like the Knicks or Nets win, writes Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News. “I just want to help a team win,” Kidd said. “I have been very fortunate. The game has been great to me, so wherever I can help a team get to the next level that’s what I want to do.”