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July 30, 2014 Updates

Meanwhile, Magic Johnson also said he tried to convince Carmelo Anthony to leave the New York Knicks in an hourlong phone conversation. Johnson noted that he spoke at length with Pau Gasol, who chose to leave for the Chicago Bulls instead of staying with the Lakers. "We had a great conversation but I think the way he was treated last season, kind of hurt him," said Johnson. "Here's a guy 18 [points] and 10 [rebounds], shooting over 50% and you want to bench him? You want to mess with this guy? He could never get over that." Los Angeles Times

Several teams, including the Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks, had interest in a free agent deal with Moreland. Still, Moreland and the Kings negotiated toward a contract over the weekend and into the week, and both sides agreed to terms on Tuesday. RealGM

July 27, 2014 Updates

With Anthony sitting this one out, the Knicks have no player on Team USA (Tim Hardaway Jr. is on the practice team in Las Vegas training camp). But Prigioni is excited Anthony rejoined his team in New York. “When I saw Melo re-sign, the first thing I did was send him a message saying that I was so happy to have a chance to still play with him,” Prigioni said. “And I told him that I’m sure we will play much better next season.” New York Post

July 26, 2014 Updates
July 25, 2014 Updates

The Knicks recently attempted to make a trade for Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love, offering forward Amar'e Stoudemire and his enormous expiring contract, second-year guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. and swingman Iman Shumpert, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. But the longshot offer, made in the past week, was declined and never stood much of a chance, particularly since the Timberwolves could potentially strike a richer deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers involving No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. The Chicago Bulls, who have a bevy of intriguing assets to trade, have reportedly had conversations with Minnesota about Love in recent weeks since failing to sign Knicks star Carmelo Anthony in free agency. Wall Street Journal

"I was flip-flopping," he admitted. "It was hard. It was Chicago, but then after I met with L.A., it was L.A. But it came back to Chicago -- and was pretty much always Chicago or New York. That's a situation where I could have walked in now to an opportunity to compete for the next however many years." ESPN.com

"I want to win. I don't care about the money," Anthony told ESPN.com. "I believe Phil will do what he has to do to take care of that. I don't think we're that far away," he added. "People use 'rebuilding' too loosely." ESPN.com

July 23, 2014 Updates
July 22, 2014 Updates

Carmelo Anthony will try his hand at picking winners among technology startups through a new venture fund called M7 Tech Partners, an LLC he co-founded with digital media and entertainment veteran Stuart Goldfarb. According to its Crunchbase profile, M7 Tech Partners will invest in “early stage digital media, consumer internet and technology ventures.” The fund’s name is a play on Carmelo’s nickname – “Melo” – and his jersey number seven. M7 made its first move by investing in children’s storytelling startup Hullabalu with more tech and media investments on the way. The Fields of Green

A league source confirmed the Knicks have had discussions with free-agent swingman Dahntay Jones about bringing him in for a workout. Jones, 33, spent last season out of the NBA after playing the previous 10 seasons in the league for Memphis, Sacramento, Denver — where he was teammates with Carmelo Anthony when the Nuggets reached the Western Conference Finals in 2009 — Indiana, Dallas and Atlanta. New York Post

NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire has canceled the basketball camp he was to host in Israel for local youth later this month, citing safety concerns due to the ongoing conflict with Hamas. “We chose to cancel the Amar’e Stoudemire Basketball Academy because we did not want to put any of our campers or coaches in harm’s way,” Stoudemire said in a statement to Haaretz. “I look forward to hosting a basketball camp in Israel in the future.” Haaretz

July 21, 2014 Updates

As Jackson had to convince Jordan, Fisher will have to convince Anthony that sticking with the triangle and trusting his teammates will ultimately make the game easier for him. That process of building trust and chemistry was always a work in progress with Jordan, who often fought the constraints the offense put on his one-on-one game. But Jordan had achieved more success to that point in his pro career than Anthony has. Jordan's Bulls had made three straight conference finals, losing each time to Detroit; Anthony has only been once, with the Nuggets in 2009. And Jordan had already won two of his five MVPs. "'Melo can definitely do it," Hardaway, Jr., said. "He showed it a lot in the season, believe it or not. When we was double-teamed, when he was trapped, he was always finding that open guy. It was very rare for him to shoot through three or four guys. He'll succeed through this offense. Everybody has to trust in it, not only one person, but everybody has to." NBA.com

Jones was in contact with Anthony prior to Anthony re-signing with the Knicks. Jones had been in Los Angeles working out for the Clippers. Anthony lives in L.A. during the offseason. New York Daily News

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