HoopsHype Steve Novak rumors


October 11, 2013 Updates

Novak, now part of the Raptors bench, was taken out of the rotation against Indiana after hurting his back in the Boston series. But the fan favorite felt raring to go, and lobbied with the Knicks coach when he wasn’t used. Woodson’s decision backfired when the Knicks’ offense petered out in a six-game postseason ouster. “Me and Mike were very open about it.,’’ Novak said after Friday’s morning shootaround at the Air Canada Centre before the Knicks face Toronto in a preseason game. “It wasn’ t like a rift. Obviously he knew the whole time I wanted to play. I told him when I got healthy. I made sure I went up to him and said, ‘Listen, I’m 100 percent. Don’ t not play me because I’m hurt. I’m ready.’ ’’ New York Post

August 29, 2013 Updates

Steve Novak: Had an unbelievable time in Beijing with @JLin7. Very cool to experience a whole new culture! pic.twitter.com/4sskagQWYq Twitter @stevenovak16

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Steve Novak, admittedly disappointed Woodson ignored him in the Indiana series, candidly said the achievement of making it out of the first round for the first time since 2000 was a very minor step. "I think there’s been so many different feelings,'' Novak said during Trash-Bag Day. "People have said, ‘it’s the furthest the Knicks have been in so long.’ But for us, we weren’t really focused on getting further than the team had been in awhile. We really were focused on putting ourselves in a position to win a championship, and once the regular season ended, we felt like we were in a good spot." Sulia

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Considering his numbers, versatility and a changing league bent on 3-pointers, Copeland may seek Steve Novak money, according to a person familiar with the situation. Novak landed a four-year, $16 million package last summer. Copeland has become a more versatile scorer — a 3-point specialist who can put the ball on the floor and score in the post. Novak got the big number from the Knicks because, through an appeal with the Player’s Association, they were awarded Novak’s early Bird rights. New York Post

The Knicks won’t have any such rights in retaining the obscure Belgian Leaguer. The only other team that sent a scout last season to the Belgian League to watch Copeland was Miami, according to a source. It was quite a find by European scout Kevin Wilson, who is regarded highly in the organization. The Knicks will extend Copeland his $900,000 qualifying offer to keep him restricted so they can match an offer. But they may be prohibited from matching any offer more than $3 million. They would have to use one of their precious exceptions — the $1.9 million biannual exception or the $3 million mini mid-level exception given to luxury taxpayers. The Knicks don’t have the full $5 million mid-level because of their lousy cap situation. Copeland makes the league minimum, $473,000, this season. New York Post

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