Woodson: Knicks can beat Heat without trade

As much as they investigated, the Knicks are expected to stand pat at Thursday’s 3 p.m. trading deadline for the second straight year.

The reasons are partly because of their awkward mix of contracts and partly because the franchise feels it can topple the defending-champion Miami Dream Team without a deadline deal. Nevertheless, that sentiment was put to the test last night when they were humiliated out of the All-Star break in a 125-91 horror show against the Pacers.

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Nets make offer for Celtics forward Paul Pierce

The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets have discussed a trade for Celtics star Paul Pierce, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Nets’ willingness to a deal centered on forward Kris Humphries, guard MarShon Brooks and a first-round draft pick, but the Celtics want a more substantial package to consider moving Pierce, league sources said.

“The Celtics still highly value Pierce and it wouldn’t make sense to trade him for that kind of a package if they’re keeping Kevin Garnett,” one league source said.

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Kenyon Martin Rumor

The Knicks had made an inquiry into Kenyon Martin, the unrestricted free agent and former Nuggets teammate of Camby, J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony. Knicks personnel director Mark Warkentien, the former Nuggets general manager, is pushing to make the move, but the Knicks would have to cut a player. The Knicks will give Wallace every opportunity to get back on the court before making such a move. The Knicks prefer not to cut James White because he is a stout perimeter defender and can defend the likes of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Woodson said he will talk with GM Glen Grunwald abou


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If the Knicks decide to get rid of Camby

Regarding Marcus Camby’s three-year, $13.1 million deal with the Knicks,
if the Knicks decide to get rid of Camby after his second season in the
Garden, they’ll only have to pay him a $1 million exit fee for year
three and his deal would end up paying him $10.3 million. If he sticks
for his third season, he’ll get all of his $4.2 million.

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Mason says Knicks owner wants NBA to play

Knicks guard Roger Mason knows at least one owner who wished the NBA lockout ended with a labor agreement Thursday night: James Dolan.

Mason, vice president of the Players Association, has rubbed shoulders with the Knicks owner countless times this summer and fall in Manhattan hotel board rooms instead of the team’s plush practice facility.

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Knicks plan to make effort at reacquiring veteran Kurt Thomas

Kurt Thomas is the NBA’s oldest player and he might just hold the title of slowest and most vertically challenged, too.

Yet, he’s precisely what the Knicks need.

According to a team source, the Knicks intend to make a run at
reacquiring Thomas this summer, or whenever the expected NBA lockout
ends. The veteran power forward is a free agent who spent last season
with the Chicago Bulls and has made it clear that he wants to play at
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Jackson could coach Knicks in 2012: source

Phil Jackson to the Knicks in 2012? Don’t rule it out.
According to an NBA source, Jackson is definitely through with the
Lakers, but would not rule out him coaching again in the NBA. "If the right situation presented itself, he would have to consider it," the league source said.
The Knicks could be the right situation in 2012, even if they are not
on the verge of adding a third star in Chris Paul to go along with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.
In the past, Jackson, who won two championship rings as a Knicks
forward, has flirted with coming back to the Garden, talking up his
desire to follow in mentor Red Holzman’s footsteps
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Knicks GM Donnie Walsh re-signs Chauncey Billups

The Knicks decision to retain Chauncey Billups at a steep price could
be an indication that Donnie Walsh is starting to regain his power
within the organization.

Walsh, who is in talks with Garden chairman James Dolan about a
contract extension, announced Wednesday that the club is picking up the
option year on Billups’ deal, worth $14.2 million. The Knicks had until
Friday to decide whether to keep Billups or buy out his contract for
approximately $4 million. The Daily News reported in February that
Billups had received a verbal guarantee from the organization that it
would keep him.

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