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Jeremy Lin Claimed By New York Knicks To Fill Guard Role

It didn't take long for the New York Knicks to address their pressing need for a guard, as Tuesday New York claimed Jeremy Lin off waivers. Lin, who had recently been released by the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, respectively, will try and fill the void of backup shooting guard Iman Shumpert, who suffered a sprained MCL during New York's 106-104 victory over the Boston Celtics is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.

The Knicks (1-0) are also waiting for the return of veteran guards Mike Bibby and Baron Davis, who each missed the season-opener with back injuries. Davis is expected to miss a large portion of the shortened 66-game regular season.

Last season, the Harvard graduate, Lin, played in 29 games, averaged 9.8 minutes and just 2.6 points in his first NBA season with the Warriors.

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Baron Davis Signs With New York Knicks Officially

The New York Knicks officially announced the signing of Baron Davis on Monday morning. And the team might still have use of its cap exception to continuing bolstering its supporting cast. 

Howard Beck reports that Davis' contract is for the veteran's minimum, contradicting a batch of other reports saying that Davis would sign for the room exception ($2.5 million). The willingness of Davis to accept the league minimum contract is critical to New York's pursuit of additional free agents to round out the Knicks' bench. By combining more than an extra $1 million per season with the chance to play for a contender, the Knicks would become one of the most desirable locations for the remaining pack of free-agent role players.

The Knicks, who whiffed in their attempt to keep Shawne Williams, are said to be interested in signing another wing. James Posey has been mentioned in Knicks rumors and Al Thornton would be a younger, more athletic alternative. Other players who could interest the Knicks include Bostjan Nachbar, sharpshooter Peja Stojakovic and the rugged DeShawn Stevenson. The Knicks are also reportedly on Gilbert Arenas' wish list.

Unfortunately for New York, Davis is out with a back injury. He said during his introductory press conference on Monday that he could miss the next 8-10 weeks. Missing that much time would amount to missing half the season.

Davis has been considered one of the NBA's most talented point guards since being drafted, but has struggled at times with weight issues, injury problems and bouts of poor shot selection. If interested, healthy and in shape, Davis would be a valuable addition to what had been a barren -- and is now a Baron -- Knicks back court. 

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Baron Davis Rumors: Reports Say He Will Join New York Knicks

A variety of Internet reports are saying that free-agent point guard Baron Davis will, as had been rumored in recent days, sign a contract with the New York KnicksESPN New York and SI.com have both reported that the 32-year-old Davis will join the Knicks.

SI reported that the Knicks wooed Davis by using their $2.5 million exception rather than offering him the veteran minimum contract of $1.4 million. 

Davis played last season for the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers, averaging 13.1 points and 6.7 assists in 58 games. Davis was waived recently by the Cavaliers using the amnesty clause negotiated in the new CBA.

The Knicks have been searching for point guard help since using their own amnesty clause to waive Chauncey Billups and clear cap space to sign center Tyson Chandler. They recently added MIke Bibby, who averaged just 8.6 points and 3.3 assists in 68 combined games for three teams last season.

Davis should have more in the tank than Bibby, and could be a good fit for Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced offense. The problem is no one knows when the oft-injured Davis will be available. He has a bulging disc in his back and there are reports he could be lost for anywhere from four to 10 weeks.

Still, D'Antoni has said the Knicks "have the ability to win it all" in this shortened NBA season. If the Knicks think Davis is an upgrade over Bibby and Toney Douglas, which he should be if healthy, this could be a gamble worth taking.

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Knicks Free Agency Rumors 2011: Baron Davis Wants To Join Knicks, According To Report

The New York Knicks' starting front line is an exclamation point. The rest of the roster is a question mark. Baron Davis could be both.

The guard, who was recently waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers using the amnesty clause, reportedly wants to sign with the Knicks if he clears waivers. Sources told Sheridan Hoops' Moke Hamilton that the Knicks are Davis' top choice.

Davis comes with health issues that will delay his return to the court, potentially for as long as three months. But sources told Hamilton some reports have been exaggerated and Davis' injured back could be healthy enough for him to resume basketball action in two weeks.

If the Knicks do sign Davis, it wouldn't make Amare Stoudemire overly thrilled. The star power forward told Newsday that Davis' health issues should keep the Knicks from pursuing him.

"This guy's out for eight to 10 weeks, he's not our concern at all,'' Stoudemire said of Davis, who was waived by the Cavaliers on Wednesday. "We can't do anything about his injury. Right now we can't afford to have any setbacks. We have a positive thing going. We feel great about our guys. Everybody's healthy, so we've just got to keep it going.''

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Knicks Rumors: Jamal Crawford Out, Is Baron Davis Up Next?

Jamal Crawford has reportedly told the New York Knicks they are no longer among the teams the free-agent guard is considering. As it almost always is, it’s about the money.

The Knicks have only a $2.5 million cap exception to offer a free agent, and Crawford can apparently make much more than that on the open market. The veteran guard could wind up with the Portland Trail Blazers or Sacramento Kings.

So, what will the Knicks do now? Baron Davis was recently cut loose by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the 32-year-old point guard would seem like a fit for the backcourt-needy Knicks. Except for the fact that Davis has a back injury and currently can’t play. The severity of that back injury is apparently open for debate.

There is also speculation that the Knicks could offer that cap exception to Shawne Williams, who played for the Knicks last season, or Maurice Evans, a 6-foot-5 swingman who finished the 2010-11 season with the Washington Wizards.

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New York Knicks Rumors: Jamal Crawford Back To New York?

A reunion between the New York Knicks and free agent guard Jamal Crawford, who spent more than four seasons with the Knicks from 2004-2008, appears to be a real possibility. Crawford is reportedly weighing offers from the Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings.

Crawford averaged 20.7 points per game for the Knicks in 2007-2008, but was traded to the Golden State Warriors 11 games into the 2008-2009 season for forward Al Harrington.

Crawford, 31, averaged 14.2 points per game for the Atlanta Hawks a season ago. Crawford averages 15.4 points and 3.9 assists per game over his 11-year career.

The Knicks are continuing to try and re-structure their backcourt after signing free agent center Tyson Chandler and releasing veteran point guard Chauncey Billups. They have already added veteran point guard Mike Bibby to their roster.

New York apparently has only a $2.5 million trade exception to offer Crawford, unless it can somehow arrange a sign-and-trade.

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NBA Trade Rumors 2011: New York Knicks Interested In Jamal Crawford

Just hours after cutting one veteran guard Chauncey Billups Saturday, the New York Knicks were reportedly interested in acquiring veteran guard Jamal Crawford. According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com, the Knicks are trying to work a sign-and-trade deal with the Atlanta Hawks, but the move would only work if Crawford is willing to take a significant pay cut.

New York is over the cap and has no exception money," wrote Kennedy Saturday night. "They also have few trade assets to offer. If the Hawks were willing to do a sign-and-trade with New York built around Renaldo Balkman’s $1.67 million deal, Bill Walker’s $916,000 deal and Toney Douglas’ $1.145 million deal, the Knicks would be sending out $3.73 million in salaries. The new collective bargaining agreement would allow New York to take back 150 percent plus or minus $100,000, which would give Crawford a starting salary of $5.6 million."

Last season, the 11-year veteran averaged 10.3 points per game and 3.0 assists per game.

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Report: Knicks Trying to Acquire JJ Barea?

According to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated the Knicks are trying to find ways in which they can acquire guard JJ Barea. 

Knicks don't have the money to sign Barea outright but, according to a source, are working on different scenarios to land him

The 27 year-old Barea played a key role in the Dallas Mavericks title run last season, as a backup guard off the bench. The generously – and I mean generously – six foot, undersized guard quickly became a fan favorite during the playoffs because of the energy, grit and scoring he brought to the court each and every night. 

Barea's excellence in the playoffs even prompted Grantland writer Bill Barnwell to write a piece about Barea and his bench mantes. 

The mini combo guard averaged a career-high 9.5 points per game during the regular season, and averaged 8.9 points per game during the Mavericks' championship run. 

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Report: Mike Bibby to Sign with Knicks

According to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated and NBA Confidential veteran point guard, Mike Bibby, will sign a one-year contract with the New York Knicks

Source says Mike Bibby will indeed sign a one-year, minimum deal with New York.

In the past few hours the Knicks have gone from Chauncey Billups at 14 million to Mike Bibby at the league minimum. They've also signed the defensive anchor of last year's championship Dallas Mavericks in Tyson Chandler

The 33 year-old Bibby is no where near his prime anymore, but serves as a nice spot-up shooter/veteran on a team full of offensive weapons – namely Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire – who can create open shots for teammates. Bibby spent last season in a similar situation with the Miami Heat. He played 22 regular season games with the team, starting 12 of them, and appeared in 20 playoff games. 

He averaged 7.3 points per game with the Heat in the regular season, and 3.7 points in the playoffs. 

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Tyson Chandler Signed, Chauncey Billups Waived, Ronny Turiaf Traded

The New York Knicks have been rumored to have reached an agreement with former Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler for days now. It has also been rumored that veteran point guard Chauncey Billups would be waived following Chandler's arrival, along with a trade of Ronny Turiaf to the Washington Wizards.

Well, now all those "rumors" are officially official, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Knicks make official the signing of Tyson Chandler.

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Knicks have waived Chauncey Billups under amnesty provision.

This comes via a Washington Wizards' press release:

The Washington Wizards announced today that they have acquired forward/center Ronny Turiaf, a 2013 second round pick and cash considerations from the New York Knicks along with a 2012 second round pick from the Dallas Mavericks. The three-team deal also sends Tyson Chandler, the rights to Ahmad Nivins and the rights to Giorgos Printezis from Dallas to New York while the Mavericks will receive Andy Rautins from the Knicks and a 2012 protected second-round pick from the Wizards.

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Report: Knicks In 'Serious Negotiations' With Mike Bibby

Veteran point guard Mike Bibby made it pretty clear at the end of last season that he had no plans to retire from the NBA, and a new report suggests he could be talking turkey with the New York Knicks.

Alex Kennedy Tweets:

The New York Knicks are in serious negotiations with Mike Bibby, according to sources close to the situation. No details yet.

The 33-year-old point guard surrendered a $6.4 million buyout from the Washington Wizards to finish the 2010-11 season with the Miami Heat, finishing with 8.6 points per game and 2.4 rebounds (nearly half his career average).

Bibby tells the Sun Sentinel:

"I think I've still got years left. I'm still kind of young. I've got a lot of years in this league, but I'm definitely not thinking of retiring."

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Tyson Chandler Free Agency Rumors: Could Knicks Deal Amare Stoudemire, Release Chauncey Billups?

Tyson Chandler cannot sign a free-agent contract with the New York Knicks until Friday, and there is no guarantee he will — although ESPN is reporting that it is “98 percent sure” Chandler is headed to the Knicks. The fallout, though, has already begun.

The signing of Chandler, a seven-foot center, could mean the Knicks would use forward Amare Stoudemire as bait in an effort to acquire New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul. Both Marc Stein and Chris Broussard of ESPN have reported that as a possibility.

Paul, of course, has previously expressed a desire to be traded to the Knicks — to form a Big Three with Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. Broussard, though, says Chandler and Paul are friends.

There is, of course, no confirmation from anyone involved with the Knicks that they would consider trading Stoudemire. New York signed Stoudemire to a five-year, $100-million contract as a free agent a year ago. Stoudemire refused to entertain trade questions today.

There is also the matter of what becomes of Billups in this scenario. There are reports that the Knicks would use the amnesty clause from the new CBA to cut ties with Billups to save salary cap space, and that the veteran point guard is “irate” over the possibility.

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Tyson Chandler Free Agency 2011: New York Knicks Reportedly Leaders For Center's Services

In a surprise, the New York Knicks have reportedly become the leaders to obtain the services of free-agent center Tyson Chandler.

Chandler, a 29-year-old seven-footer whose defensive presence last season was crucial to the Dallas Mavericks' championship, had reportedly been holding the Golden State Warriors in highest regard. The Warriors are reportedly ready to offer Chandler a four-year, $60-million deal as soon as the free agency period officially begins on Friday.

But the Knicks can offer Chandler a better opportunity to play for a contender. Ken Berger notes that New York could retrieve the necessary cap space by using the amnesty clause to release Chauncey Billups, then parting ways with Ronnie Turiaf. League sources tell Berger the Knicks have jumped to the top of Chandler's list, though the Mavericks and Warriors are still in pursuit. 

Despite his game-changing ability to defend the rim, Chandler does not come without risk. Before a mostly-healthy run in Dallas last season, Chandler had struggled through two consecutive injury-riddled seasons. In February of 2009, a trade that would have sent Chandler to Oklahoma City was blocked when Chandler failed a physical. After examining Chandler's big toe, an Oklahoma City team physician named Dr. Carlan Yates found that there was a high likelihood of reinjury. At the time, Chandler said Yates "doesn't know how long I'll last."

The center averaged 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds in 74 games last year. 

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Grant Hill Free Agency Rumors: 'Leaning' To Knicks, Per Report

Grant Hill could be the newest New York Knicks player when the NBA free agency period begins on Dec. 9. "It’s not 100 percent done, but he’s leaning,’’ a source told the New York Post in a report Thursday.

The veteran small forward has been debating a move to New York from his current team, the Phoenix Suns. Hill has two kids in school in Arizona and -- after an injury-plagued career -- has had a late renaissance.

More from the Post report:

Hill is about to choose the Knicks, who could be one of the heavies in the Eastern Conference. Hill would be slotted in as the starting shooting guard, supplanting Landry Fields and giving the club more leadership, shooting, defense and the depth that the team lost in the Carmelo Anthony trade.

Hill would be reunited with head coach Mike D'Antoni, who coaching the Suns when Hill arrived in Phoenix. New York and D'Antoni clearly have a thing for HIll. The Knicks have tried to sign Hill before, most recently two years ago when Hill decided to stay in Phoenix.

Signing Hill would solve one Knicks problem on the wing, but it's unclear what impact that would have on the rest of their free agency hunting, including re-signing Shawne Williams.

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