Alexey Shved has turned down an offer from the Knicks as he mulls returning to play in Europe, agent Obrad Fimic tells David Pick of Eurobasket.com, and Shved’s American agent, Mark Bartelstein, said to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com that it’s unlikely Shved re-signs with the Knicks (Twitter links). Shved has been seeking the $2.814MM room exception, but none of the three offers the Knicks have made were for that amount, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
“We didn’t get to the right number with the Knicks,’’ Fimic told Berman. “Maybe next season. We are considering a return to Europe where we have two huge offers.’’
- Knicks president Phil Jackson told reporters Monday that he hasn’t been in contact with Carmelo Anthony since the start of free agency, and Anthony’s skeptical about the team’s slow approach to rebuilding, a source close to the star forward told Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
- The Knicks are focused on finding a backup center, as Jackson also said to the media Monday and as Berman relays in the above-linked piece. The team is reportedly among those interested in Carlos Boozer, but while the Knicks have had internal conversations about him, they haven’t made a move on him yet, Berman writes. Center Alex Kirk, who was briefly a Knick last season, has impressed the team in summer league, the Post scribe adds.
- Robin Lopez is getting precisely $54,015,500 in his four-year deal with the Knicks, while Kyle O’Quinn‘s four-year contract is worth $16,012,500, including a fourth-year player option, and the one-year deal Lance Thomas signed is for $1,636,842, reports Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders (Twitter link).