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September 17, 2014 Updates

With the start of training camp about two weeks away, the Knicks on Wednesday signed 6-foot-9 former St. John’s big man Orlando Sanchez to a partially-guaranteed, one-year deal. “I think that they feel that his overall skillset, his passing ability in particular, will fit very well in the triangle,” Sanchez’s agent, B.J. Bass, told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog. “Unless you really watched St. John’s this year, you could miss that. This kid is a very, very gifted passer and so my feeling is that they could have a diamond in the rough.” The Knicks Blog

“I think right now their roster is full but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they can’t make a move at some point,” Bass said. “So more than likely he would end up as an affiliate guy going to Westchester [D-League], but we’re certainly not ruling it out that he could go in there and play very well and force their hand.” The Knicks Blog

Dynamo Moscow (Russian Superleague) inked 24-year old American guard Tyshawn Taylor. Taylor managed to play in three leagues last year. He played in the summer at Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican BSN league where in 17 games he recorded very impressive stats: 23.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 6.6apg and 1.6spg. The last season he played at Maine Red Claws in D-League. In 23 games he averaged 14.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg. Taylor also spent pre-season at the Pelicans in NBA that year. The other team he played that season for were the Nets in NBA. In 22 games he averaged 4.0ppg and 1.6apg. Another team Taylor played shortly was Springfield Armor in D-League. In two games he averaged 9.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg. Interperformances

Free-agent forward Michael Beasley is working out for the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs at the franchise's practice facility this week, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Beasley's had several workouts for teams this summer, including two with the Los Angeles Lakers, but remains unsigned for the 2014-15 season. The Spurs have 14 guaranteed contracts for next season and are still in discussions to bring back restricted free agent Aron Baynes. Yahoo! Sports

There has not been a peep from the defense, other than the reserved guard's July comment that the Suns were "using restricted free agency against me, but I understand that." His "big brother" and fellow agency client, LeBron James, appealed to the Suns via Instagram to "break bread" for Bledsoe as he and Bledsoe trained in Cleveland this month. James' plea and the early Bledsoe maximum-contract request appear to indicate he wants to be in Phoenix, even though he has never said it or entered negotiations that could still draw a larger offer. With no signs of talks or a sign-and-trade, Bledsoe is two weeks from taking a qualifying offer that will not win much more favor with Suns fans. Arizona Republic

It has been a trying, bewildering and exasperating process to fathom how Bledsoe, with 78 career starts and $7.4 million in career earnings, would balk at the Suns' four-year, $48 million offer when there have been no competing bids the past 10 weeks. He has his reasons, but we can only guess. Bledsoe is a restricted NBA free agent — the last one — who appears headed toward accepting a one-year, $3.73 million qualifying offer by the Oct. 1 deadline (if he waits until Oct. 1, he will not be part of the Sept. 29 media day or be aboard the bus to training camp). Arizona Republic

Gerry McNamara, Carmelo Anthony’s former Syracuse teammate and now an assistant coach for the Orange, said he was surprised Anthony re-signed with the Knicks. McNamara said the Knicks have yet to surround Anthony with the requisite pieces needed to contend for a title and scoffed at fans who wanted president Phil Jackson to let Anthony leave during free agency, calling him the best “offensive player in the game.” “I was surprised he stayed in New York: He wants to win, [but] he wants to be loyal,” McNamara said in an interview on Anthony Donahue’s Knicks Blog radio show Monday night. “I thought there were situations in free agency he would leave for. I thought Chicago was in position to win. Especially after the year the Knicks just had. I think he’s ready to take the next step in maturing of his career. The next step is putting some pieces in place for him.” New York Post

September 16, 2014 Updates

"I could've went to vet camps but it's not what I was looking for," the 28-year-old McGuire added. "The main thing for me is security -- if I have to get that overseas -- I have no problem doing so." Eurobasket.com

Add another name to the Spurs’ workout list. Former Memphis Grizzlies guard Jamaal Franklin has been in San Antonio the last few days working out for the Spurs, a league source told the Express-News. Franklin, a 2013 second round pick, was waived by the Grizzlies last month. He averaged 1.9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 21 games last season. The interesting thing about Franklin is that he’s close to Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard. Both players attended San Diego State and Franklin was a guest at Leonard’s basketball clinic last month in Moreno Valley, California. San Antonio Express-News

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