D'Antoni talks Novak & Knicks Injury Update

Not to the surprise of many, the Knicks have waived training camp roster fillers, Devin Green and Chris Hunter. In an attempt to gather more D’Antoni style players to the squad, they have claimed off waivers ‘6-11 three-point shooter Steve Novak.

via Marc Berman of the NYPost:

For now they have Novak, who will make the minimum for a player of his service — roughly $1.1 million.

“He’s a shooter and spreads the floor, it’s obvious something we could need,” D’Antoni said. “You can’t have too many shooters.”

Novak, 26, has been strictly a low-end reserve during his five seasons but has a 41 percent 3-point career shooting percentage — which always attracts D’Antoni’s attention because his up-tempo offense creates a lot of open shots from the 3-point line.

“It’s a great fit,” agent Mark Bartlestein told The Post. “Mike puts a premium on shooters and he’s one of the best 3-point shooting big men in the league.”

Knicks Injury Update:

Bill Walker, who has missed most of training camp with a hamstring strain, may return to practice tomorrow but won’t be ready for Sunday’s opener vs. Celtics. . . . Jared Jeffries sat out last night with a calf strain but is expected to be available Sunday. … Baron Davis was in uniform last night and sat on the bench. The Post has reported — despite dire prognostications he could miss two months — Davis could make his Knicks debut in January as he rehabs his herniated disks.

Sources said they believe the medical staff can get Davis back up in a month.

“Every day is a little better,” Davis told The Post last night. “I’m in good hands.”

How will Bill Walker fit into the rotation when healthy? Will he take minutes away from Shumpert, or will Landry’s minutes eventually diminish?
Walker can play the two or the three position, so I’m sure D’Antoni can find a spot in the rotation for him. As the season progresses and Davis’s back heals, Mike Bibby will be the player to see less playing time in this Guard carousel.

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