HoopsHype Steve Novak rumors

July 9, 2012 Updates
July 4, 2012 Updates

The Knicks likely won't match the three-year, $18.7-million offer sheet Toronto gave Landry Fields. If they can pull off a sign-and-trade for a point guard, they still will have the mini-midlevel exception to use on Marcus Camby or Rashard Lewis. They are expected to re-sign J.R. Smith to a one-year deal, and Steve Novak remains a part of their plans. Newsday

July 3, 2012 Updates

Steve Novak's agent, Mark Bartelstein, tells @SNYtv "about a dozen" teams have expressed interest in Novak, an unrestricted free agent. Novak has expressed a desire to return to the #Knicks, but Bartelstein previously told @SNYtv, "He’ll be a free agent and we’ll jump into this thing." Sulia

Knicks GM Glen Grunwald said on the night of the NBA draft that his priority is re-signing not only Smith, but Jeremy Lin, Steve Novak and Landry Fields. "We want to keep both (Lin and Novak) and keep Landry and J.R.," Grunwald said on Thursday night. "They're all valuable players and we're going to try to keep all four of them. We have some (recruiting) plans. We've been in contact with our own free agents and they've expressed their desire to come back. They know we love them and want them. We'll do the negotiating and hopefully it all works out." ESPN.com

July 2, 2012 Updates

The Knicks feel good about their chances of re-signing Steve Novak despite nearly a dozen teams contacting his agent yesterday on the first day of free agency. But as a back-up plan, the Knicks have targeted free-agent forward, Anthony Tolliver as a possible replacement, according to sources. Tolliver was an excellent 3-point shooter two seasons ago with the Timberwolves before being hampered by a wrist injury last season. New York Post

July 1, 2012 Updates

The Knicks have free agents that the Suns could want in a deal but they probably could sign them outright without needing a sign-and-trade, such as Jared Jeffries and Steve Novak. That’s why it is possible the Knicks would have to include one of their signed players. The Suns would probably want Iman Shumpert. Ater a solid rookie season, he is rehabbing from a torn ACL and isn’t back until January at the earliest. The Knicks could also look into a sign-and-trade for Raymond Felton with Portland. New York Post

Steve Novak wants to return to the Knicks. That's one of the reasons for the arbitration hearing. But he's going to have his agent listen to other team's offers. All things being equal though, he wants back. "The ruling was great to be able to keep this Knicks team together," Novak said Saturday. "For me and Jeremy, it was something that pretty much had to happen for that to happen." Sulia

June 30, 2012 Updates

I spoke to Steve Novak earlier today. he was elated the union won the appeal for his "early Bird" rights. Novak called it "huge" because that was the only way for him to continue to play with Jeremy Lin and the Knicks. He will receive plenty of interest, but he feels the Knicks want him back and said he's "optimistic" about being back. Sulia

As NBA free agency opens tonight (midnight), #Knicks will make heavy overtures to free agent targets such as Steve Nash and Jason Kidd, but also focus in-house with free agents Jeremy Lin, Steve Novak, J.R. Smith and Landry Fields, but don't expect any immediate action. This is a new climate with a new CBA, so its worth seeing what the market sets for each player. Contracts can't be signed until July 11, so the next 10 days will be a nerve-wracking whirlwind. Sulia

June 29, 2012 Updates
June 28, 2012 Updates

The Knicks appear to be headed to their second offseason victory in a week, and just in time for free agency. Two league sources said the NBA and the players union are nearing a settlement in the "Bird" rights case that involves Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak. One source believed both players would receive some form of "Bird" rights, which should allow the Knicks to re-sign Lin and Novak without using any of their free-agent exceptions. Newsday

Both sources said the talks were ongoing and that a settlement is expected before free agency begins Sunday. "Both sides are working hard on it," one of the sources said. "Both sides would like to put this behind them." Newsday

The N.B.A. and its players union are moving toward a settlement in the so-called Bird rights case that has temporarily clouded the future of the Knicks’ Jeremy Lin, according to two people briefed on the talks. The most likely outcome is that Lin and three other players — including the Knicks’ Steve Novak — will retain some form of Bird rights, as affirmed last week by an arbitrator, according to one of the people briefed on the talks. But the talks were continuing Thursday, and the details of a settlement remained in flux. An announcement could be made as soon as Friday, but no later than Saturday night, so that the affected players and their teams will have clarity before the free-agent period opens, at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. New York Times

The N.B.A. and its players union are moving toward a settlement in the so-called Bird rights case that has temporarily clouded the future of the Knicks’ Jeremy Lin, according to two people briefed on the talks. The most likely outcome is that Lin and three other players — including the Knicks’ Steve Novak — will retain some form of Bird rights, as affirmed last week by an arbitrator, according to one of the people briefed on the talks. But the talks were continuing Thursday, and the details of a settlement remained in flux. New York Times

June 24, 2012 Updates

According to a league official, Stern’s plan to appeal the union’s victory in the Jeremy Lin/Steve Novak Bird rights war may carry over into the July 1 start of free agency. That would delay the Knicks’ ability to negotiate for any free agent and create a public-relations nightmare for Stern, whose office is in midtown. New York Post

June 23, 2012 Updates

Jared Zwerling: The player is also supposed to give their consent before the trade can occur, which is a part of the gray area here in regards to Novak. Twitter

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