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April 15, 2014 Updates

He should have a number of suitors on the open market. The Knicks can sign him to a five-year contract worth $129,135,806. If he signs with another team, the maximum he can get is $95,897,372 over four years. The Bulls, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are among a group of teams expected to pursue him this summer. ESPN.com

Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he hasn’t been kept abreast of the Lamar Odom negotiations, but wishes they had signed the forward for this season. Odom is expected to sign with the Knicks before the season finale on a deal with a second, non-guaranteed year. Odom would not play this season, but would begin to work out under the auspices of the team during the offseason. New York Post

“His name came up, but nothing ever materialized,’’ Woodson said of Odom. “But his name did come up. “I like him,’’ Woodson added. “I like Lamar. I don’t know much about it, but from what I hear from [the media]. I think he’s a talent. He could’ve been good for us earlier. He does a lot of things on the floor that help you win basketball games, that’s for sure.’’ New York Post

He is officially listed as questionable for Tuesday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets due to a right shoulder injury. Anthony missed the team's shootaround, and the Knicks said he will undergo further evaluation. "He was evaluated this morning by the doctors, and I'll know more before the game," Woodson said. ESPN.com

Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks are progressing toward a deal to sign veteran free agent Lamar Odom before the NBA regular season ends Wednesday, according to sources briefed on the situation. Sources told ESPN.com that the Knicks are on course, barring an unforeseen snag, to formally sign Odom this week in a move that would put him on their roster immediately and, more importantly, include a team option for next season. ESPN.com

Sources say this is viewed as a long-range play for the Knicks, who are banking on the notion that Jackson -- in his new role as New York's team president -- can provide the guidance to get Odom's career back on track. ESPN.com

April 14, 2014 Updates

Stoudemire is part of a four-man ownership group, including superagent Arn Tellem, that purchased 60 percent of Hapoel Jerusalem last summer and turned the franchise into the top team in the Israeli league at 20-7. Stoudemire’s late surge, during which he played near his All-Star level the season’s final month, could prompt him to seek another NBA contract after 2014-15 when his $100 million pact expires. But he’s also mulling Israel to boost its profile. New York Post

Israeli-American Ori Allon, who heads the Hapoel ownership group, said he has had discussions with Stoudemire about playing for Hapoel Jerusalem. Allon has a goal of making Hapoel into the same recognizable brand as Maccabi Tel Aviv and believes Stoudemire’s addition — as owner or player — has put the team on that path. “We’ve discussed it in the past,’’ Allon said. “It would be tremendous and unbelievable but it’s still early. I think it’s a real possibility, but he played very well this season so it’s up to him.’’ New York Post

Anthony, who will opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer, was then asked how this season will factor into his decision. “As far as that goes, all this stuff will come into consideration,” Anthony said. “But I won’t never make it seem like because of this season I’m going to become a free agent. It has nothing to do with [how] this season went. Even if we had the greatest of a season, I probably would still be in that situation.” ESPN.com

Anthony said once again that the Knicks’ hiring of Phil Jackson as team president made a splash with him. “That was a big play,” Anthony said. “That was definitely a big play for our organization, for the Knicks, for me.” ESPN.com

Still, even after being eliminated from the playoff race when Atlanta defeated Miami on Saturday night, Amar’e Stoudemire said expectations were not too high for a Knicks team that is now 35-45 with two games to play. “They should have been a little bit higher, if you ask me. On paper we might be the best team, in the league,” Stoudemire said before Sunday night’s 100-89 win over the playoff-bound Bulls. “We’ve got great players on this team who accomplished so much. We just couldn’t put it together.” New York Daily News

Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points in 29 minutes in what might be his final appearance of the season – and perhaps as a Knick — as he heads toward free agency this summer. Anthony, who said he probably will get his troublesome right shoulder tested “in the next couple of days,” will miss the playoffs for the first time in his NBA career. “It’s not even real for me right now,” Anthony said. “We still have two games left, but it hasn’t set in yet, not at all. It’s hard to accept that. It’s hard to be happy in these times. It’s just a hard situation right now.” New York Daily News

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