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February 18, 2015 Updates

Without mentioning Goran Dragic by name, Knicks President Phil Jackson says the Knicks hope “to be in the conversation” for impending free agents like the Phoenix Suns point guard. “We want to be in the conversation,” Jackson, speaking generally, said Wednesday at the Knicks practice facility in Tarrytown, N.Y. “I don’t know how serious we can be about it but we’d like to be in the conversation so we’re interested.” The Knicks Blog

Still, Jackson anticipated being busy up until Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, looking both to add cap room and potentially players for the future. “We’re doing both,” he said. “If we get more cap room, great. If not, can we add a player that’s going to be a substantial addition to our team?” The Knicks Blog

Al Iannazzone: Phil says not a lot of interest in Bargnani on trade market. Phil also said they may need Bargnani's scoring with no Melo and Amar'e. Twitter @Al_Iannazzone

Word from New York is that the Knicks are being aggressive in trying to shake loose a trade for players they covet in free agency, namely to get their Bird Rights and what looks to be a lower cap hold. Phoenix’s Goran Dragic has a cap hold of $11.25 million, which even if his contract is ultimately a max deal at four years and $80 million, the Knicks would preserve almost $4.25 million in usable space to sign other players and complete Dragic’s deal last and exceed the cap with his rights. Basketball Insiders

Carmelo Anthony is done for the season. Two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed that the New York Knicks forward has decided to have surgery on his ailing left knee. The procedure is a knee debridement, which will remove dead, damaged, or infected tissue that is causing pain and discomfort and will improve the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue. USA Today Sports

The New York Knicks will officially rule out forward Carmelo Anthony for the rest of the season later Wednesday, according to sources. Anthony will undergo surgery on his left knee in the near future, according to sources. The Knicks' leading scorer and franchise player has been dealing with soreness in his left knee for months. Despite the injury, Anthony logged 30 minutes in the All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, scoring 14 points on 6-of-20 shooting from the floor. Prior to the All-Star Game he said that it was "very likely" he would shut it down after the break. ESPN.com


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


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