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April 16, 2015 Updates

"I don't think I'll ever be a hundred percent, but as far as being fully recovered, injury-free, I'll be at that point," Anthony said at the Knicks' practice facility "If I lost my drive over this time then I shouldn't even be here, to be honest with you. My drive, everything that I've been through, and even this year in particular, I'm like pulling my hair out right now because I'm ready to get back on the court. I'm ready to prove everybody wrong. That's just my mentality and so my drive is pushing me to want to continue to bring that championship." New York Daily News

The speculation has started in earnest with a N.Y. Daily News report over the weekend quoting a league executive saying Monroe to the Knicks is "about as close to a done deal as you can get." Monroe called the report "not factual," but one fact is irrefutable — he likely has played his last game in a Pistons uniform. Detroit Free Press

Monroe received that contract extension in 2013 — an off-season that saw a spending spree that added Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings — and Monroe would be more than happy to be looking forward to a sixth season with the Pistons. "You guys have been around here for the past couple of years," Monroe told local reporters this weekend. "I much rather would have been settled in here. That didn't happen, and I'm in this position." Detroit Free Press

Fisher said he believes he will be more involved in personnel decisions than last season. He was hired in June and called the offseason “compressed.” The Knicks have $26 million in cap space. “I would hope so,’’ Fisher said. “I’ve said before, Phil and Steve have been very open in that regard in wanting my thoughts and opinion.’’ New York Post

April 15, 2015 Updates

Detroit Pistons big man and 2015 unrestricted free agent Greg Monroe doesn't want to talk about the specifics of his free agency during the season. But he did say on Wednesday morning that he will be willing to meet with the New York Knicks and president Phil Jackson this summer. “If they’re interested, I’m going to,” Monroe said after the Pistons shootaround at Madison Square Garden. ESPN.com

League sources confirm that Monroe will be a top target for the Knicks in free agency. Recent reports have stated that Monroe will be the team’s top priority. “He will definitely be near the top of the list," one league source with knowledge of the team's thinking said earlier this week. ESPN.com

When the local product was in town with the Spurs a month ago – sporting a “Made in New York” tattoo on his wrist and a Yankees hat in his locker – I asked Green if the Knicks could be an attractive free agent destination for players this summer. “New York’s a great place, a great city,” Green told SheridanHoops. “A lot of people love coming and visiting here. You know Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher now are changing things around a little bit and I’m sure that they have more than enough cap space. They’re going to get some guys so it’ll be interesting. I think they’ll be able to get some good pieces in free agency during that time.” SheridanHoops

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