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Carmelo Anthony eager for good news on Knicks' pursuit of free agents

Carmelo Anthony speaks to the media at the

Carmelo Anthony speaks to the media at the MSG Training Center on April 16, 2015. Credit: Andrew Theodorakis

While Knicks executives were working on improving the team, Carmelo Anthony attended a soccer game anxiously anticipating some news.

"We haven't heard anything yet on the Knicks," Anthony told MSG Network Wednesday night at the Red Bulls-Cosmos match. "I' waiting for my phone to go off so I can hear some good news. It's a waiting game. You see guys are signing up early. I think this free agency will be done in a short manner."

Team president Phil Jackson and other officials are on the recruiting trail, hoping to lock up some free agents. Detroit's Greg Monroe, Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan and the Blazers' Robin Lopez are among the big men the Knicks are pursuing.

Anthony reportedly has made some recruiting phone calls to some of the free agents, including shooting guard and former teammate Arron Afflalo.

Asked about the Knicks' draft, Anthony spoke highly of Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant.

"I was a big fan of Jerian Grant in college," he said. "KP, I watched his workout before the draft. He kind of got hurt a little bit in the workout, but I just see the potential that he has. I'm just looking for somebody that can stretch the floor for me and I know he can do that."

Anthony, who had season-ending knee surgery in February, said his rehab is going well.

"I'm back on the court, running, shooting working out every day," he said. "I haven't felt like this in a long time, being able to just rehab, focus on my body. I feel great."

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