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Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.

Steve Novak misses New York

Steve Novak speaks at the podium during the

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TORONTO – Steve Novak never wanted to be traded by the Knicks, never wanted to leave New York. But the sharpshooter was the key piece in the deal that brought the Knicks new starting power forward Andrea Bargnani.

“I didn’t expect it,” Novak said after the morning shootaround. “ You understand this is the business we’re in. New York felt like home. It was a place I love to play and I miss....

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Knicks improved this offseason

The Knicks are just about done putting their roster together for next season.

There could be some things that come up between now and training camp – a trade call can come at any time. But other than that, all the Knicks have are minimum contracts to offer free agents.

The Knicks have 15 players under contract, 13 of them guaranteed. Chris Smith’s deal isn’t fully guaranteed – although...

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Jeremy Lin, Landry Fields set to be restricted free agents

Jeremy Lin of the Knicks in action against

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

The Knicks extended qualifying offers to Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields yesterday, which will make them restricted free agents Sunday.

The Knicks are expected to match all offers for Lin.

On the open market, Lin can’t earn more than the average salary, which is roughly $5.2 million. The Knicks can pay him up to about $5.5 million if the union wins the NBA’s appeal of the “early-Bird” rights...

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