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Knicks claim 6-10 Novak for offense

New York Knicks forward Larry Hughes driving between

New York Knicks forward Larry Hughes driving between the Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Gordon, left, and forward Steve Novak in the second quarter. (March 25, 2009) Credit: J. Conrad Williams Jr.

The Knicks claimed 6-10 shooter Steve Novak off waivers before last night's preseason game against the Nets.

Novak, who was released by the Spurs on Monday, is a 41.7-percent shooter from three-point range. Last season for San Antonio, Novak made 214 of 513 shots from downtown.

"He's a shooter," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He spreads the floor. We can't have too many shooters."

Nets re-sign Humphries

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries broke up, but the Nets have decided to take their 6-9 power forward back. Humphries, whose offseason included a marriage to the TV reality show star that lasted only 72 days, signed a one-year deal reportedly worth $8 million to stay with the Nets.

"We want him back to being Hump," Nets coach Avery Johnson said.

The Nets can use the 10 points and 10.4 rebounds he averaged last season. Humphries is also happy to have a team to call home.

"It's good to see the guys again," Humphries said. "If you ask any player, they all would want a max contract with the longest terms. But I'm happy with the deal and glad to be back."

Knicks files

Who starts at point guard is going to be a hot topic with the Knicks this season, and it already sounds as if D'Antoni is tired of getting asked about it. When he was asked about Toney Douglas as the starter before last night's game, D'Antoni said: "You start. You don't start. Toney is going to play a lot of minutes."

Billy Walker (groin), Jared Jeffries (calf) and Baron Davis (back) sat out against the Nets. D'Antoni said he is hoping that Walker will be ready for Sunday's home opener against the Celtics. Jeffries is expected to practice Friday and play on Sunday.

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