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The Greek agent for Knicks draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo said he’s “amazed’’ his client chose to play in the NBA’s D-League for the $25,000 cap and turn down an offer from an A-Division team in the Italian League, calling it “a big sacrifice.’’ According to agent Tim Lotsos, the Italian club, Varese, offered Antetokounmpo a two-year deal worth $550,000 with an opt-out to join the NBA after one year. Olympiakos in Greece and Sevilla in Spain also offered him deals. “Amazing isn’t it?,’’ Lotsos told The Post in a phone call from Greece. “To my surprise, he passed on it. He’s very ambitious and determined to make the NBA. It’s a big sacrifice. It could’ve really put him ahead of schedule in his career. I didn’t try to force him. I wanted him to make his own decision.’’ New York Post

The high-energy Greek guard played on the Knicks summer league team and looked raw, committing eight fouls in the opener. However, Jackson said his name should be changed from Thanasis to “Tenacious.’’ According to a source, the communication between Thanasis and the Knicks was poor and the Greek energizer was disappointed they didn’t see him fit for the 15-man roster. In fact, after The Post’s report he would be stashed, Antetokounmpo told another news outlets it was news to him. As recently as three weeks ago, at a rookie orientation camp, Thanasis said he planned to be in Knicks’ training camp. New York Post

August 25, 2014 Updates

With the addition of the Westchester Knicks to the NBA D-League this upcoming season, returning player rights will need to be addressed by every NBA D-League team in order to prepare for an expansion draft. According to a source, the expansion draft for the Westchester Knicks will take place on September 1 in order to provide Westchester with a returning player list. Every NBA D-League team aside from Westchester has the opportunity to select 12 players which they would like to protect. The remaining players will be fair game for the Knicks to draft, and obtain those NBA D-League player rights. D-League Digest

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Fisher can play one at shooting guard while the others sit on the bench or mix and match combinations of the three guards in the triangle offense, as GM Steve Mills suggested earlier this month. "That's for the coach to decide. All we've got to do is play," J.R. Smith said Thursday. "Whatever they decide, we've got to just live with it. Hopefully everybody could put their egos aside and come together for one common goal." ESPN.com

Anthony reiterated on Thursday that he was "close" to leaving New York. "It was close. I don’t even like to talk about that no more," he said. "This is home. There is no place like New York. Although the other situations were very intriguing, there is no place like New York." ESPN.com

J.R. Smith has several goals entering the 2014-15 season. He wants to help the Knicks make the playoffs and contend in the Eastern Conference. He wants to produce consistently on both ends of the floor. All of these are normal goals for any NBA player. But Smith has one goal that may surprise you: "Be a leader," Smith said in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday at his foundation's annual golf fundraiser. "We've got so many younger guys around. A lot of the older guys left within the last two years. So be more of a leader and help out." ESPN.com

A confident Carmelo Anthony believes the New York Knicks will create a "new culture" and "new identity" this season and leave any remnants of last season's 37-win nightmare in the rearview mirror. "I don't think we will have another season like we had last year. When I say, 'I believe that we will make the playoffs,' that's where I'm coming from. I think we will have a much better season than we did last year," Anthony said on Thursday night at Barclays Center, where he served as a coach in a celebrity basketball game sponsored by CC Sabathia and Robinson Cano's charities. "As far as putting a number on the games we want to win, it's hard to say that right now. But as far as us feeling good about this upcoming season, the way we feel I'm confident in what we're about to create. I believe we will be in the postseason." ESPN.com

The slimmed-down forward has been in touch with teammates all summer. He cited the offseason regimens of Amar’e Stoudemire, J.R. Smith, Cleanthony Early and Iman Shumpert. “Everybody is just putting in the proper work. I think with the new energy that we have now with the team and the coaches, everybody is just excited to get back,” said Anthony, who added “I can’t wait” — or a variation thereof — about 30 times. “Everybody’s antsy, waiting to get back,” he said. “And I can’t wait. I look forward to this season.” New York Post

August 21, 2014 Updates

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN KNICKS HISTORY

Carmelo Anthony already ahead of Phil Jackson, but still far away from the all-time New York greats.

   

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